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The Borsa Band plays Moldvanian folk music.

Moldva is a region of Romania inhabited by many nations. From the Middle-ages there lives a Hungarian speaking population called Csango. Moldva is the cultural border between Central-Eastern Europe and the Balkans. The tunes of Moldva reflect its ethnical diversity, the renaissance tunes some of which have more than a thousand years. The Moldvanian dances are also rooted in the renaissance and have been danced in circles, lines and pairs. In Hungary the “dancehouse movement” began in the seventies to preserve and promote the folklore treasures collected by the folkmusicologists and folkdance-researchers. The dancehouses – where the dances and tunes of the Hungarian populated lands were played –  have been visited by an increasing amount of people.

Visiting the contemporary native musicians and collecting the old records allowed us today to perform our traditions in the most authentic way. As Ferenc Sebő, one of the most dominant characters in Hungarian folklore, said – “the tradition doesn’t need to be cured, because it isn’t ill, doesn’t need to be guarded, because it isn’t a prisoner. Our traditions will remain only if we live them.”

This idea has found many followers and at the present day – besides other Hungarian music dialects – the Moldvanian dance and music is popular in the whole country.The Borsa Band was founded by a group of friends in 2011. With violin, flutes, koboz (an East-European type of luth) and singing the music is vigorous and authentic.

Katica Manninger – singing, dancing
Noémi Réfi – violin
Tóth Olivér Artúr – koboz
Péter Tóth – flutes