Listen | Transylvanian Blues: The Story of Muzsikas

Posted on August 13th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


Listen to Songlines editor-in-chief Simon Broughton trace the resonant story of Hungarian folk musicians Muzsikas on BBC Radio 4

Muzsikas have been central to the Hungarian folk scene for 40 years. Simon looks at the importance of the Hungarian folk revival as a grassroots opposition to communism in the 1970s and 80s and reveals how folk musicians could escape censorship in a way rock musicians couldn’t. This is how the táncház (dancehouse) movement put the question of the Hungarian minority in Romanian Transylvania on the political agenda when, till then, it had been ignored.

The programme catches up with the group at home, in schools, in concert and at Hungary’s biggest festival, Sziget, and examines the wide-reaching impact and legacy of this musical revolution.

Listen to the programme here. Available until Saturday (August 16).

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