The group HolddalaNap (‘MoonSingsSun’, or ‘The Moon with the Sun’) was founded recently by well-known and experienced Hungarian folk musicians. Their debut album Dandala was released under one of top labels of Hungary: the Gryllus Kiadó, and has been recommended to the world music album nominees at Hungarian Grammy: Fonogram award in 2015.
The leading hungarian music journal listed the album among the top releases of 2014.
“The first impression of Dandala is their collective belief in the power of playing and singing together, and the love for each ethnic musical tradition as they bring it under a common denominator, while making all of these traditions they own as they build it into their own sound. What they do in the song Hold és felhő (‘Moon and Cloud’)should be taught in a world music class. The final song on the album (Itt ülök fenn kerek mennyben ‘I sit here in Round Heaven’) which is a cover of a Transylvanian prayer, is one of the best thing what happened in the modern folk scene lately.” (Mihály Rácz, Lángológitárok)
The group brings together own poetry and essence of traditional music, they add a lot of improvisation and wonderful singing, and create their unique sound by using authentic folk instruments like hungarian lute, kaval, ney, tilinkó, bagpipe, zurna, violin, rebek, tappan, daf, guitar, baglama, etc.
The voices of the hungarian singer and composer of the songs, Anna Gulyás, fits very well with the voices of her roma friends. It is a music borned from friendships and love, and listening them , You can fill that bombasthic positive energy. All the other members sing also, so sometimes You can listen to 8 voices on the stage!
The outcome is magical: it reaches the soul and lifts up the spirit. At the same time it makes you dance and moves you to the depth of rituals.