Hungary 2016: meet some of the participants and vote for your favourite
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
André Vásáry, the MALE SOPRANO singer who can already be proud of three gold records and one platinum, has established his present popularity with more than 12 years of hard work. He studied in Boston, won the Miskolc Opera Contest, got into the final of the International Music Contest in Rome (Concorso Internationale Musica Sacra) where millions of people could enjoy his performance through the Vatican Television. He had several performances in Paris, Vienna and in other European cities and participated in the Adoro Tour in Germany. He was listened by Ricardo Muti and was also invited to the Staatsoper in Vienna. His national popularity can be spectacularly experienced not only in his concerts, but in theatres as well. He appeared in the Pest Theatre (Pesti Színház) , and had three seasons as a guest actor in the National Theatre (Nemzeti Színház) playing a special role written exclusively onto his particular voice in Schiller’s drama: Intrigue and Love (Ármány és Szerelem) acting together with acknowledged Kossuth prized actors on the same stage.
B The First was born to this world – with the name:Barnabas Pély – in the heart of Eastern Europe, Budapest. Growing up as a kid in one of the biggest housing estates in a dusty suburb of this vivid metropolis, he soon decided to break out.With having the eternal message of understanding and love, he picked up everything he could at the Music University of Hungary and in life to get better in expressing himself through his talent. For more than a decade „B” is now considered to be an emblematic and colourful musician of the hungarian pop-rock music scene. As a singer-songwriter he is open and energetic. He mixes up the characteristics of rock, soul, funk and pop on the stage and in his original songs, too. Besides building his solo career as a singer-guitarist he thrives as the frontman of the well-known hungarian pop-funk band called United.
Fatima Mohamed is of half-Gypsy, half-Egyptian descent. Her break-out performance was at the FILA RAP JAM, which she won with her band Fekete Vonat (Black Train) in 1997. The band has been extremely successful in Hungary—two of their albums were double platinum and one gold. Their song, “Bilako” was on top of the charts in France for three weeks. The band received much press attention, with an appearance on CNN. Fekete Vonat has received many music awards, including an award for Roma civil rights. Fekete Vonat broke up in 2003. In 2006, Fatima started her solo career. She is currently working on her first solo album.
Gergő Oláh is a Hungarian singer and countertenor of Romani descent, most notable for winning the third season of X-Faktor. He is also Gigi Radics’s cousin. Before participating in X-Faktor, he worked in the public sector. He came first in the third season. In late 2014, Gergő was selected to participate in A Dal 2015, the Hungarian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song A tükör előtt. The song reached the semi-final before being eliminated.
András Kállay-Saunders, also known as Kállay Saunders (sometimes Kállay-Saunders), is a Hungarian American recording artist, songwriter and record producer. He represented Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark with the song “Running”. András Kállay-Saunders was born in New York City, USA to Hungarian model Katalin Kállay and American soul-singer and producer Fernando Saunders. He is a descendant of the noble Kállay family from maternal side.
2014-Present: Singer and co-producer of the song “Goodbye”, “Don’t Be Anxious”, and working on a new album
2014-Present: Writing and co-producing for ext. projects
2013-Present: Member and singer of the ‘Great Gatsby Show’ as Jay Gatsby at the Orfeum Club, Budapest, Hungary
2013-Present: Singing at several performances at various places (Syma Arena, Papp László Sports Arena, Budapest, Hungary)
2013: Singer and co- producer of the radio song ‘Első érintés’ (‘First Touch’)
2012-2013: The Voice of Hungary – Talent Show (Semi-Finals)
2010: Singing at JUMU Talent Competition (Second place)
1998-2000: Member of Musical World – Musical Show as actor and singer (At Pesti Vigadó, Budapest, Hungary)
Parno Graszt is a Roma (i.e. “Gypsy”) music ensemble from Paszab, Hungary founded in 1987. “Parno Grast” means “white horse” in the Romany language, with “graszt” using the Hungarian orthography ‘sz’ for ‘s’. In the Roma culture white is symbol of purity and horse is a symbol of freedom. Their debut album Hit the piano reached Number 7 on the World Music Chart Europe in October 2002. Hungarian Television and the BBC produced in 2004 a music documentary about Parno Graszt. After their second album, Járom az utam (2004), Parno Graszt was voted in the top 10 for “best artist of year”, 2005, by the Swiss music magazine Vibrations.
Petra Veres-Kovács : “I started singing when I was 4, my first music influence was Britney Spears. I met my music producer Tamas Subecz when I was 15, we started writing songs together and we got on so well that we’re still working together”.
Renáta Tímea Tolvai, known professionally as Tolvai Reni is a Hungarian pop singer, who won the 5th season of the Hungarian singing competition show Megasztár in 2010. She won multiple awards in Hungary and in 2014 she had few concerts in New York and New Jersey. Her boyfriend is András Kállay-Saunders, who is an American-Hungarian singer. Both participated in Megasztár, and they sang a duet in the show.
LISTEN TO THE A DAL 2016 PARTICIPATING ENTRIES
André Vásáry – Why
Anna Patai – Colors (Full Song)
B The First – You Told Me You Loved Me
Bálint Gájer – Speed Bump (Full Song)
Benji – Köteltánc
ByTheWay – Free To Fly
C.E.T. – Free
Egy Másik Zenekar – Kéne közös kép
Fatima Mohamed – Ott leszek
Freddi – Pioneer
Gergő Oláh – Győz a jó
Group’n’Swing – Szeretni fáj
Ív – Love Kills Me
Jázmin Török – Power Of Love
Júlia Horányi – Come Along (Full Song)
Kállay Saunders Band – Who We Are (Full Song)
Karmapolis & Böbe Szécsi – Hold On To (Full Song)
Laci Gáspár – Love And Bass (Full Song)
Maszkura és a Tücsökraj – Kinek sírjam (Full Song)
Misztrál – Reggeli Reggae
Mushu – Uncle Tom
Nika – Beautiful Love
Odett – Stardust
Olivér Berkes – Seven Seas
Parno Graszt – Már nem szédülök (Full Song)
Passed – Driftin’
Petra Veres-Kovács – Singing Peace (Full Song)
Petruska – Trouble In My Mind
Reni Tolvai – Fire (Full Song)
Szilvia Agárdi – It Is Love