New CD, new videoclip and new website - coming soon... (2017 summer)

  Happy New Year!


Karavan Familia at Művészetek Völgye, Kapolcs (31 July 2016) with Veronika Harcsa


Karavan Familia concert at the Kalaka Festival - Eger (25 Jun 2016) - info


Gipsy dance-house with Karavan Familia


fRoots Magazine, 2015

Karavan Familia: Asvin

Karavan Familia’s decade of seemingly easy and harmonious family music making has actually masked a sequence of experimental arrangements and an unarguable connectedness at the very heart of contemporary Roma music in Hungary. Parents Istvan and Ilona provide a backbone of vocals, dance and confident shapes on guitar while children Istvan (Jnr) and Nikolett are more than able substitutes, students – and energy, as is the sly modernity of a trumpet and beat-box groove that features sporadically. Long tracks segue and bleed into each other, gradually revealing a wide panorama of life, music and surprisingly important dissections of rites and high emotions. The title track is typical, an unaffected jaunt that masks mystifying and alluring trumpet, with typically flawless percussion from András Dés. The album also features understated vocals from Veronika Harcsa and Kálmán Balogh’s usual dexterity and lightness of touch on cimbalom. With assured assimilation and resigned simplicity, the band have created something hazy and beautiful. This is certainly not traditional Hungarian music. It’s a contemporary, instantly recognisable and unique sound, influenced by a profound knowledge of tradition, but too personable and honestly individual to influence in turn.

John Pheby

fRoots Magazine


Baxtalo Krechuno taj Baxtalo Nevo Bersh:) Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Sept. 2014

Fonó is now one of the best record labels


As the only Hungarian record label we are again on this year’s WOMEX Top Label Iist!

WOMEX has recently announced its annual Top Label list: among the hundreds of labels, Fonó, as the only Hungarian label, has made it into the first 20, and was awarded the 12th position. The Top Label list of the best world music labels is compiled based on toplist results, and is announced before the internatinal world music meeting in October. Fonó has earned its position by releasing the following records: Shutka Roma Rap: ’Me Sijum Underground/I Am Underground’, ’Asvin’ by Karavan Familia, and Róbert Lakatos & the Rév: ’Révület’ (Day is Dawning).


New videos on Youtube!

    Pharo dyes

    Le terne avena


    Aven haj Romale!

    Phabol phabol

more info...


May 2014

The new CD of the Karavan Familia in the top 20!

The Karavan Familia and the Fonó Records presents:
The Karavan Familia is 10 years old.
On this occasion this remarkable Gipsy family band has made an extraordinary CD
with 10 songs and 10 of their musician friends.
Formed by parents and their children, this unique ensemble, the Karavan Familia
has over the past 10 years created their own world based on Gipsy vocal traditions.
They have devoted their talent and knowledge to creting quality Gipsy music,
and their ideas and approach have proven that Gipsy music is intelligent and witty, wise and receptive.
With this anniversary recording, Karavan Familia shows the true face and harmony of the Gipsy culture.
10 years, 10 songs, 10 friends

Karavan Familia - more than folklore...

Karavan Familia

Niki Nagy - vocals
Istvan Nagy Jr. - vocals, guitar
Ica Farkas (Mrs. Nagy) - vocals
István Nagy - vocals, guitar, harmonica



Guest artists

Veronika Harcsa – vocals

Kálmán Balogh – cimbalom

András Dés – percussion

Ferenc Kovács – trumpet

Péter Bede – saxophone

Zoltán Marosi – accordion

Csaba Novák – double bass

József Horváth „Plutó”  – bass guitar

János Fekete „Jammal” – beat box

Oszkár Nyári – poem


Ideas, music, arrangements, song texts:

István Nagy and the Karavan Familia 


Supported: Renault Trucks, Volvo Trucks

Producer: László Horváth

Music director, producer: István Nagy

Sound engineer: Péter Bodnár (Kultúrpart Stúdió)

Design: Dóra Kiss

Label: Fonó Budai Zeneház






„Gipsy Reunion” - Balogh Kálmán & The Karavan Familia

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The new projekt of the Karavan Familia and Kalman Balogh with the prominent musicians of the hungarian world music scene. They combine the various Gipsy traditions. The beautiful Gipsy songs of the Karavan Familia meets the virtuous musical knowledge of the Kalman Balogh Trio. Smart, witty and entertaining production from a special hungarian Gipsy world music group. They play traditional Gipsy music with individual ideas and sounds. Their music has familiar Gipsy atmosphera supplemented with the moods of the blues, the flamenco and the eastern Gipsy roots.

live concert (26') - Hungarian Television (4 jan, 2013)


The parental counterpart of the Karavan Familia, István Nagy and Ilona Farkas will play concerts with Kalman Balogh cimbalom player on Juny 30 and July 1 in the United States, Washington, DC. (Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2012)