András Sipos – musician, actor
He was born in Budapest on 14 March 1954. He completed his studies at the Academy of Dramatic and Cinematic Art in 1981. In his childhood he learnt to play the accordion and later the drums. His attention turned towards handheld percussion instruments in the 1970s. His authentic style soon made him the best djembe player in Hungary. His master was Babatünde Olatunji. Acting and music played a great part in his life concurrently until 1998. He achieved significant successes with his percussion ensemble called Macumba, which he founded with István Bubik and Tamás Ruzicska. They played together with such bands as LGT, Illés and Neoton. He was also an important member of the legendary actors’ orchestra. He played unforgettable roles in the musical plays of Vígszínház and Pesti Színház (Fekete Péter, Book of the Jungle), as well as feature films (Csacsacsa, Üvegtigris 2).
In 1994 he joined Attila Égerházi’s band called Novus Jam. After releasing two albums, they founded the Djabe group, which received several awards and nominations in Hungary and abroad. He lived exclusively for music from 1998. In the few years before his death he appeared in 20 countries with the group, whose successes were largely a result of his contribution.