42nd National Táncház Festival & Fair • 14–16 April 2023
Starting page: 36
On the Path of History – Kóka Rozália’s series. Interview with folk singer Fábián Éva – Part 1. Éva is a singer well-known from Kalamajka and Egyszólam ensembles. She was born in the Hungarian town of Szekszárd in 1959 and grew up in the village of Györe both in Hungary’s Tolna County. Her entire family (on both sides) were Székely Hungarians from the village of Andrásfalva/Măneuți in Bukovina. Éva tells about stubbornly insisting on being allowed to take music lessons as a young child. During elementary school, she competed every year in a folk song competition in the nearby town of Bonyhád. Back then the singing and music came instinctively without conscious knowledge of her Bukovina roots. Once following the advice of a singing teacher, Éva’s father gathered family members together and asked them to sing, thus providing Éva with a vocabulary of songs from her Bukovina relatives that she could sing at the competitions. She went to secondary school in Szekszárd and studied to be a pre-school teacher, where she attended 8 hours of singing lessons a week and learned excellent methods for teaching singing. Éva didn’t become actively conscious of her Bukovina heritage until 1975 when she was pursuaded to attend a camp for Bukovina Hungarians organized by Kóka Rozália… To be continued.