Djabe - First Album Revisited


November 25, 2021
MG Records store, Karaván Theatre
31 Üllői Rd., Budapest, H-1091
Album presentation on High-End system

At 2:00 p.m, 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. the new LP will be presented to the general public as on  High-End system. You can listen to the record version on the high-quality system, provided by Audiophile Salon. After the showcasing members of the band present at the event will dedicate the album, which can also be purchased on site.

We can only seat a limited audience, up to a maximum of 30 people at a time. Please indicate your intention to participate to Attila Égerházi at Registration will be confirmed in email reply.


In November 1996, a CD titled Djabe hit the shelves of record stores, and also marked the birth of the Djabe band. On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the band will surprise fans with a 4-disc expanded reissue. The album will be premiered on November 25 at the MG RECORDS store in Budapest and conjoining Karaván Theater.

Djabe First Album Revisited
Djabe – First Album Revisited – LP/2CD/DVD
 LP – First Album Revisited (GR-149-1)

140 gr yellow transparent vinyl by Quality Vinyl Projects.

 2CD + DVD (GR-149)

Discs in separate wallets with 72 pages booklet are inserted in slipcase.
CD1 – Refreshed
CD2 – Then & Now
DVD – Surrounded

The first Djabe album, recorded between June 1995 and September 1996, was already noticed by both the audience and the professional scene. It was created by the two founders of Djabe, percussionist András Sipos (1954 – 2007) and guitarist Attila Égerházi. They were joined by Tibor Karvaly, a violinist from the former Novus Jam band of Égerházi and Sipos, for the recordings. Among the invited musicians were Ferenc Muck saxophonist, bassist Tamás Barabás and trumpet and violin player Ferenc Kovács. From the criticisms of the time, the opinion of the American writer Mike Ezzo should be highlighted, who predicted, right from the first album, that Djabe would achieve significant success and a great career internationally. And he was right.

In recent years, Djabe released successive versions of the earlier albums of its career, in both refurbished, remixed LP and surround sound versions. On the part of the band’s fans, both at home and abroad, there was a demand for vinyl and surround releases related to the first album. The possibility of refreshing first arose in 2016, when Tibor Karvaly joined the line-up of the Djabe20 anniversary concert. There were also two tracks from the first CD that Djabe had never performed live before: Hagar Qim and Déjà Vu.

Attila Égerházi searched the archive for the original multitrack tapes, which had to be “baked” in the Abbey Road Studio in London, i.e. made playable again.

Studio work began at the time of the COVID-related closures. Attila Égerházi and Tibor Karvaly worked on the material for 8 months, joined by Ferenc Muck and Tamás Barabás for the last 3 months.

CD1 – Refreshed

Attila and Tibor located the multitrack recordings of all the tracks on the original CD and refreshed them. They accurately modelled the original mix balance and then re-edited the pieces in places if they saw fit. Some tracks recorded during the original sessions but not audible in the mix were also used. In a few a compositions in which they were bothered by an inappropriate arrangement for the last 25 years, an issue now corrected. They didn’t have their own studio 25 years ago, so they often had to compromise because they slipped out of time. In case of the songs November and Demon, Ferenc Muck also recorded new saxophone tracks for similar reason. The CD, which was updated and remixed and mastered by Tamás Barabás in the end, was named Refreshed.

CD2 – Then & Now

However, the project did not stop there. Several unused tracks were found on the multitrack tapes, which, now taking advantage of the unbound opportunity provided by their own studio, were finalized. The current members of Djabe, Áron Koós-Hutás (flugelhorn), Péter Kaszás (drums), János Nagy (keyboards) also played on these recordings, such as Pier 95 and Sunrays.

Tamás also wrote a new composition based on Sipi’s original and unused drum and vocal recordings, which became We Are Okay.

An old-new composition, Lost In The Desert, was also written around a fantastic unused violin solo by Ferenc Kovács, in which a previously recorded guitar solo by Steve Hackett and Sipi’s vocal track can also be heard. Of course, Attila Égerházi, Tibor Karvaly, Tamás Barabás and Ferenc Muck also contribute to these two compositions too.

On the second CD we can hear a renewed recording by Égerházi, Karvaly, and Judit Gesztelyi-Nagy; Fragments, from1993. On the disc also can be heard Sipi’s 1995 conga solo titled Sipi Falls and three recordings from the first Djabe concert ever. These were recorded on April 7, 1997 in Budapest, with a line-up of Égerházi, Sipos, Muck, and Barabás.

One of the greatest delicacies of the album is András Sipos’ 15-minute djembe solo, which, moreover, is not a concert, but a studio recording.

Égerházi has a rarely played in live guitar piece titled Venezia. A version of it from the Pecsa gig recording made in 2006 is also featured on the Then & Now. The second CD from the 2016 Djabe20 concert closes by Hagar Qim and Déjá Vu.

DVD – Surrounded

The third disc is a DVD featuring the full original album and the old-new tracks in both 24bit/96k Hz high-definition stereo and 24/96 DTS surround versions of. The album concludes with three concert video recordings from the Djabe20 concert. Of course, the second CD and the DVD were mixed by Tamás Barabás, working close with Attila Égerházi, the producer of the album.

Results speak for themselves!

Djabe: First Album Revisited 2CD/DVD

The 3 disc come in a separate paper case in a collection box, which also includes a 72-page booklet. Tibor and Attila updated the material in the accompanying booklet of the 1996 original CD, retaining its artistic design. In addition to detailed information on the tracks, the small booklet also includes the history and origins of the album, members’ recollections of current works, and track by track analysis. The content, illustrated with many photos, is closed by the recommendation of László N. Göbölyös.

Musicians featured on the album

Szilárd Banai – drums (CD2)
Tamás Barabás – bass guitar
Attila Égerházi – guitar, percussion, effects
Judit Gesztelyi-Nagy – flute, schakuhachi
Gulli Briem – drums (CD2)
Tibor Karvaly –violin, keyboards, percussion, treble recorder
Péter Kaszás– drums (CD2)
Áron Koós-Hutás – flugelhorn (CD2)
Ferenc Kovács – violin, trumpet
Zoltán Kovács – keyboards (CD2)
Tibor Mótyán – tabla (CD2)
Ferenc Muck – saxophone
János Nagy– keyboards (CD2)
Tamás Rácz – guitar
András Sipos – vocal, percussion
Steve Hackett – electric guitar (CD2)

Djabe – First Album Revisited LP

The nearly 50-minute long LP contains the highlights from the original CD and the old-new compositions from the Then & Now CD.
An extremely important piece from the Djabe LP collection has been created. It is worthy of other vinyl releases in both its musical quality and sound. The cover features images belong to the compositions, creating a colourful atmosphere for listening to music.

Djabe: First Album Revisited LP
Djabe’s 25 years

Djabe has had remarkable domestic and international success in the 25 years since the release of their first album.
In 2000 they won the Golden Giraffe Award of the Association of Hungarian Record Publishers, and in 2001 the eMeRToN Award of the Hungarian Radio and Television.
In 2004, they received an international PRince Award and were nominated for the Surround Music Award in Los Angeles, for the album Sheafs Are Dancing.
In the following years, they received special awards at festivals in Lithuania and Belarus.
Djabe has given more than a thousand concerts in 42 countries so far, one of the most sought-after Hungarian bands at foreign festivals.
Since 2007, they have been regularly touring and releasing records with world-renowned British Genesis guitarist Steve Hacket.
Djabe has more than 100 publications. Of these, 6 albums have been released over the past 5 years by Cherry Red Records in the UK and are available worldwide.

Further information
Djabeworld on Facebook

Djabe: Haqar Qim
Djabe: Leaving The Desert
Djabe: We Are Okay
Djabe: Northern Adventure
Djabe: Pier 95

Djabe PR,
October 30, 2021, Budapest

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