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Chalga is a urban folk/worldmusic band from Hungary.

These days arts and especially music are about to find their own Babel: crossing former boundaries seems to be the way for renewal. The music of Chalga is a common denominator of musical forms to which an urban listener is exposed to, so the best approach would be to call it “urban folk”. Recycled tradition – folk music out of context, mainly inspired by traditional music, although not being similar to it. It is not similar, because folk music is only an inspiration: the motifs and melodies may recall the original structures, but the orchestration is out of style, contains heavy influences of jazz and rock, and a great amount of good taste when mixing all the ingredients.

The ars poetica of the band is to bring the different musical traditions and the big city life to a balance, and find harmony within the effects of cosmopolitan lifestyle. The title Sabir wasn’t a random choice for the band’s debut CD in 2006, it is a metaphor of their music. Sabir or “lingua franca” was the common language used in the medieval ages for communication trough the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Mainly used by sailors, merchants and travellers this effective means for communication contained elements from Persian, Greek, Italian, French, Spanish, Catalan and Arabic.

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  • Majorman_

    То бива да си прост, ама това е вече прекалено. За тези, които не чаткат английския, това е унгарска група, която има нещастието да носи името на известна българска помия. Така че си седнете на задниците и си оправете таговете.

    25 Mar 2009 Reply

    chalga sucks! chalga isn't from Bulgaria and we hate it !

    10 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Mousestore

    Interesting world, folk, jazz multicultural band. Be attentive and careful, it's not the same as bulgarian pop musical culture "chalga"! These strange tags are because of the same word with the low-reputation bulgarian music and community "chalga".

    24 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Drmehmet

    They make good music.Luckly i have found it,love it.

    20 Nov 2007 Reply
  • SonicX

    Brutal death metal?! Now I've seen everything! 0_o

    15 Jul 2007 Reply

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