Marta Sebestyen

Genres: World
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Budapest, Hungary. Widely celebrated as one of the world’s finest female vocalists, Sebestyén has recorded as a solo artist and also as an intrinsic part of Hungarian folk group Muszikás. She grew up in Budapest surrounded by music, her mother having studied under renowned composer and folk song collector Zoltan Kodaly. Sebestyén had begun singing at concerts and on television performances while still a child. She soon graduated to Budapest ‘dance houses’, a movement which rebelled against the uniformity of culture under the Communist regime. She joined the Sebö And Halmos group in 1975 before enlisting in Hungary’s best-known folk group, Muszikás, in 1980. She also spent several years collaborating with another popular Hungarian group, Vujicsics. In the 80s, most of her energies were spent, however, touring Europe with Muszikás. In 1984, she sang a folk musical based on the life of Hungary’s former...

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