"One of the best bands performing this music in concert."
Simon Broughton, Songlines
efforts last night earned them a standing ovation, and rightly
so. It really was a unique musical event. "
Louis McConnell, Belfast Telegraph
Romano Drom ("Gypsy
Road" in the Romani language) is a contemporary Gypsy band
based in Budapest, Hungary. With centuries of Romany tradition
in their music, they utilize household utensils as instruments,
such as milk churn and wooden spoon, alongside their unique
vocal stylings and have created a more modern urban sound
through the introduction of accordion, guitar, double bass,
violin and percussion.
Romano Drom's music
reflects the tradition and modernity of the music of the Oláh
Gypsies from Valachia, Hungary, who were traditionally horse
traders and travelling salesmen who entered the country in the
middle of the 19th century. The Oláh lived on the margin of
society and created their own music expressing Roma life. They
traditionally don't use any instruments apart from domestic
utensils, such as water cans, wooden spoons or any other
percussion implement. Since the 1960s, young gypsies have
introduced the guitar and sometimes the mandolin or the tambura.
Members of Romano
Drom split from Ando Drom, another well known Hungarian Gypsy
band. Their first album,Déta Dévla, was released in Hungary in
1999. Ando Foro (In the city) came out in November 2001 on the
French Label Daqui and is distributed by Harmonia Mundi. Their
last album Ande Lindri (In Dream) came out in October 2003 on
the same label. Their next album is scheduled for a fall 2006
Source: Steve Lurie