Able to claim both an extraordinary history and a remarkable oeuvre, Salif Keïta, the undimmed star of West African music, says he was "born to create confusion”. As a descendant of Sundiata Keïta, founder of the Mandinka Empire, he bucked the caste system by choosing the profession of singer. On top of that, being born an albino meant ostracism from his tribe, whose members believed that his condition would bring their ruin. Migrating to Baboko, he became the solo singer for Le Super Rail Band du Bamako and also for Les Ambassadeurs. He settled in Paris in 1984, where he caught on and, between 1987 and 1999, released a series of pronouncedly successful, ground-breaking and highly imitated Afropop records (Soró, Kö-Yan, Amen, Folon… The Past, Sosie, Papa). In the new millennium, acoustic sounds once again started to prevail in West African music. This influenced Salif, who also moved back to Mali. His albums Moffou, M'Bemba and La Différence are dominated by traditional instruments, preserving the memories of Malian music. He plays with a freshness and individual style that only the very greatest are capable of, thus demonstrating that true dance music combines profundity and perspective, both lightness and gravity.
Tolcsvay-Müller-Müller: The Gospel of Mary
A composer who has won both the Ferenc Erkel Award and Hungarian Heritage Award, László Tolcsvay was a founding member of both the Tolcsvay Trio and Fonográf. The former ensemble was the first to combine rock with Hungarian folk music and, together with Fonográf, became Eastern Europe's most popular line-up of the '70s. Tolcsvay wrote the monumental Hungarian Mass in 1987 and won acclaim performing it all over Europe. The following year he completed his first musical, Doctor Herz, followed by the première of his work The Gospel of Mary, created jointly with Péter Müller and Péter Sziámi Müller. In the 25 years since its 1991 première, the rock opera has been performed nearly 1000 times in Hungary and abroad, including in a number of major theatres translated into English, German, Italian, Slovak and Czech, with a CD and film version both released of it.
My Passion: Song - Bea Palya
In the series of Matinée Concerts starting in the autumn of 2016, known figures from artistic life will be making their own personal musical statements about the passion that links them to their own genres and the area of music that they work in. It is their undisguised intention to touch both the children and adults sitting in the audience as they speak, at this encounter, about everything that they attach so much passion to. „In this presentation, I would like to show children and their families how I work and how a song is created. I would like to draw them into the exciting and magical world of songwriting. The atmosphere on the stage will be relaxed and full of life, voices and words. Müpa Budapest's great concert hall will transform into an acoustic playground, with song, rhythm and words building a bridge between us. I would also like to show the enormous joy inherent in the act of creation, and what an exciting thing it is when something is brought to life.” (Bea Palya) Between 9.45 and 10.30, we will be running a free playful, interactive session for children in the Auditorium entitled Tune-Up. We look forward to welcoming groups and individuals who hold tickets to the subsequent performance.Register via e-mail to email@example.com, stating the number of participants and their ages, by the Wednesday before the performance at the latest. (The session will take place with a minimum of six children.) The activity is recommended for children aged 6 and over.