world music, jazz, popular music

Afro Jag - The Mabon Dawud Republic feat. Mónika Lakatos, Jenő Lisztes, Saïd Tichiti

Festival Theatre
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest

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This evening will not only see the first afrobeat concert at Müpa Budapest, it will also feature a virtually never-heard-before form of the genre. The Mabon Dawud Republic was formed in 2017 by some well-known Hungarian musicians as a labour of love. The group have already paid tribute to Fela Kuti, the Nigerian founder of the genre, performed alongside some true legends of afrobeat and seen their singles and albums enjoy both domestic and international success. Now, they will add a special twist to their performance style as they seek to find the common thread between Afrobeat and Roma music in their show Afro Jag (Afro Fire).

Despite their short history, the multi-member The Mabon Dawud Republic have won wide acclaim for their popularisation of Afrobeat music in Hungary. Their music has even found its way to the authentic environment of Ghana, where in addition to studying the genre they also played alongside Pat Thomas, the highlife singer and one of the true greats of world music. Afrobeat is based on the West Africa highlife style and other traditional music forms. It came into being in the second half of the 1960s, when the local musicians were strongly influenced by American jazz and funk of the era. Fela Kuti became the undisputed king of the genre, and the Hungarian group The Mabon Dawud Republic first played together in a tribute to his memory, performing alongside Dele Sosimi no less, one of Fela's former bandmates. Their first full-length record, which contains self-written material and was released earlier this year, demonstrates how inspired they are as they play this pulsating, joyful music, full of wind instruments and percussion. Of course, they have always thrown in some original flavour to the mix, but now they are taking it to the next level. The Afro Jag show will showcase an encounter between afrobeat and Gypsy music featuring the singer Mónika Lakatos and Jenő Lisztes on the cimbalom. The artists will use authentic Roma music as their starting point as they seek to find the intersection of the two styles. The power of the performance will be further enhanced by Saïd Tichiti, the frontman of Chalaban with Moroccan roots.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest

Ticket information

You may purchase tickets online and in person for this performance using a Müpa Budapest gift voucher or by debiting the leisure allowance on OTP, K&H or MKB SZÉP cards.
If you purchase the tickets in person, then we also accept Edenred Gift Vouchers, and Edenred gift cards (Benefit and Family cards) as well as the culture subaccount allowance on OTP Cafeteria cards.

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  • guitar
    Ádám Mészáros
  • bass guitar
    Ernő Hock
  • keyboard instruments
    Szabolcs Bognár
  • trumpet
    Vito Szelevényi
  • saxophone, flute
    Fanni Zahár, Gábor Weisz
  • trombone
    Murad Abbas
  • drums, percussion
    Levente Boros, András Halmos
  • percussion
    Dávid Szarvas
  • vocals
    Mónika Lakatos
  • cimbalom
    Jenő Lisztes
  • guembri, oud, vocals
    Saïd Tichiti



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