The Budapest Ritmo World Music Festival will feature artists from 20 countries

The Budapest Ritmo world music festival will feature artists from 20 countries, musical film screenings and a music and film industry conference from April 7-10, organizers said on Wednesday.

On opening day, a free admission program will feature Hungarian indie-folk band Lanou, Canadian-Hungarian classical kora player Sophie Lukacs, Polish violin duo Sekunda and female a capella trio Rodenice in the Ruined pub Szimpla Kert.

Festival highlights will include concerts on Friday by Malian star duo Amadou & Mariam, Bosnian Damir Imamovic performing a Balkan sevdah, Italian Kalascima playing tarantella music, Polish female a capella trio Sutari and Hungarian Besh o Drom at Akvarium Club.

Performers on Saturday will include Izraeli-Persian Liruz, Portuguese fado singer Antonio Zambujo, Amsterdam-based jazz fusion band Boi Akih with Hungarian recorder player Dodo Kis, Bosnian sehdav band Divanhana and Hungarian band Random Trip as well in the Akvarium Club.

The festival will close with the Ritmo Music Films program which will screen a title by ambient-folk singer Deva and the Uljana Quartet as well as the documentary Agonia on Polish folk culture at the Toldi cinema.

Gerald R. Schneider