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Only Hungarian Music to Be Played in Shops for a Day in Support of Hungarian Artists

Júlia Tar 2022.05.03.

Nearly a thousand shops, hypermarkets, hotels, and also some radio stations will only play Hungarian music on May 12. The aim of the “Music is alive!” initiative is to highlight Hungarian artists and their songs.

The organizers told MTI that May 12 is to be the day of Hungarian popular music, reflecting on the difficult situation of the music industry due to the epidemic.

The main organizer, Szabolcs Nagy, has contacted backing music providers who have agreed to play only Hungarian music for one day. Thanks to this, almost a thousand shops, furniture stores, fast food restaurants, hypermarkets, grocery stores, and hotels will only play Hungarian music on May 12.

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I was doing a Christmas shopping spree in a hypermarket in Pest, and during my stay there I was listening to American pop music of our time,”

recalled Szabolcs Nagy, the main organizer of the event.

I thought that Hungarian popular music deserved enough attention to be played on these channels, like in the shops. I then contacted background music providers and asked them to play only Hungarian music for one day.”

Several radio and music stations have joined the initiative, including Manna FM, Spirit FM, Karc FM, the Hungarian Catholic Radio, FM103, 8 Rock Radio, Klasszik Rádió, Sláger, and Dikh TV. There are also platforms that have promised to play only Hungarian music for the whole day, while others have vowed to double the proportion.

Four well-known Hungarian musicians and songwriters are ambassadors of the initiative, among them Norbert Bagossy, singer and guitarist of the Bagossy Brothers Company, Veronika Harcsa, singer and songwriter, Barbara Schoblocher, singer of Blahalouisiana, and Szabolcs Tariska, lyricist.

There was no question of me taking on the ambassadorial duties,”

said Norbert Bagossy.

On May 12 we will demonstrate that come what may, coronavirus or otherwise, music, Hungarian music, is alive and will live.”

You can check out the Facebook event for the initiative here.

Featured image via the Facebook event “Music is alive!”/Fülesbagoly blog’s Facebook page


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