Two types of music – One soul
Water, bread, hands – these are the only words left in common in the language of Hungarian Lakatos Mónika’s and Spanish Juan De Lerida’s and their bands. Together with other gypsy tribes appearing in Europe in the 16th century and then spreading to the four winds, both Móni’s and Juan’s ancestors enriched their music with tunes of surrounding nations. As part of the Spanish and Hungarian cultures they have all along preserved that elemental force and subtlety that captivates lovers of gypsy music even today. This attachment to traditions and musical sincerity are the very things through which these two performing geniuses meet on stage like siblings who have not seen each other for a long time, still feel every vibration of the other. The elegance of Flamenco and the power of Czardas make this unparalleled gypsy duo’s and their bands’ performance exceptional, which aims to bridge the stages of the European continent and their audiences.
In 2013 when Mónika Lakatos was given a lifetime achievement award, the "Parallel Cultural Award 2013" by the Mediawave Foundation, her work and music with Romengo was also honoured and recognised.
In 2011 the Playing for Change crew partnered with the United Nations to present an original song called 'United' around the world to serve as an anthem for the earth's 7 billion people. Both Mazsi and Móni were asked to feature in this project and music video.
Listen to our concert recorded by WDR (West German Radio) and an interview with us:
Our album, Kétháné is on the 5th place on the World Music Charts Europe list in September. This is a list of the best albums of the respective month put together by editors of world music programmes of 23 radios all over Europe.
We are proud of the result and hope that through it , our music will reach to even more people in Europe.
We thank to everybody who helped with the CD, first off all our label, Dániel Gryllus and Birgit Ellinghaus (Albakultur - Köln)!
We are writing from Germany, where we are having our 18-station-long concert-tour. So far we have given a dozen of them, including one in Utrecht, one in Amsterdam and one in Brussels. Otherwise we play in Nordrhein-Westfalen. The German audinece is full of enthusiasm and we enjoy playing for them.
Infos about the rest of the concerts:
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYBODY !