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Karavan Familia
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Hungary
Influences: Gypsy , Balkan
Genres: world-music, gipsy folklore
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About: Karavan Familia
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Karavan Familia - more than folklore

Formed by parents and their children, this unique ensemble, the Karavan Familia has overthe past 10 years created their own world based on Gipsy vocal traditions. They havedevoted their talent and knowledge to creting quality Gipsy music, and their ideas andapproach have proven that Gipsy music is intelligent and witty, wise and receptive. Withtheir songs, Karavan Familia shows the true face and harmony of the Gipsy culture."With assured assimilation and resigned simplicity, the band have created something hazyand beautiful. This is certainly not traditional Hungarian music. It’s a contemporary,instantly recognisable and unique sound, influenced by a profound knowledge of tradition,but too personable and honestly individual to influence in turn."John Pheby, fRoots Magazine, 2015

Four voices - One family

Karaván Família is a real family band: István Nagy and Ica Farkas, and their children,István Nagy Jr and Niki Nagy are its members. Full of ideas and very individual - theirtraditional Gipsy music proves how colourful, open minded and lively Gipsy folk music reallyis.The band plays traditional Gipsy music arrangements mixed with world music elements.Besides Hungarian Gipsy tunes, the band’s repertoire features arrangements of Russian,Romanian, Spanish and Balkan Gipsy songs, and several own compositions. Primarilyinspired by numerous distinctive European Gipsy styles, the songs also bear impressionsof blues, jazz, fado, R&B, flamenco, funky, or Latin American music, all seamlessly meltingtogether into a special and incomparable Gipsy world music. Despite this musical diversity,Karavan Familia is able to keep up its characteristic style which is both innovative andtraditional, entertaining and amiable at the same time.Their latest album (Karavan Familia: Asvin, 2014, Fonó Records) a family’s most intimatemessage about love, sorrows, tradition, and peace. The album was selected to the best 20world music releases by European World Music Chart in May 2014.