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Errol's Pick

When you think of music from the Balkans, there's a good chance you think of accordions, violins and brass instruments. Our music columnist Errol Nazareth discovered a band from Hungary called Sondorgo that uses a little known instrument called the tambura, a small fretted instrument similar to the mandolin. "Tamburocket: Hungarian Fireworks" is the name of their latest CD and the band's repertoire includes a few original pieces but the majority of the compositions were collected by Bela Bartok, the legendary Hungarian pianist and ethnomusicologist. Take a listen and you might agree with critics who have hailed them as one of Europe's most versatile and exciting bands.

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