Various Artists

Szatmari Bandak

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Four local Gypsy string bands appear from Hungary's northeastern Szatmar region, an area with a particularly rich but rapidly disappearing musical tradition. Perhaps the most fascinating cuts are old Hungarian Jewish tunes preserved by the Gypsies, but all of this is outstanding in the semiprofessional vein of many Gypsy musicians -- musically skilled but down-to-earth and locally rooted. The very thorough notes are in English. (53+ minutes)