Marta Sebestyen

Sebestyén (born August 19, 1957) is a Hungarian folk vocalist, composer and actress.

Sebestyén’s mother is a composer, and was a music student of Zoltán Kodály. Her father was an economist and author. When Sebestyén was seven years old, her father, returning from a trip to the U.S., brought home a large collection of ethnic music recordings from the Smithsonian Institution.

Sebestyén sang in the movie The English Patient (Szerelem, szerelem). Three songs recorded together with Muzsikás appeared in the Japanese animated movie Only Yesterday. She also sang in and contributed material to the album Kaddish by Towering Inferno (Richard Wolfson and Andy Saunders, 1993). She also sang Rivers’ on the multiple artist album Big Blue Ball released in 2008.

On June 1, 2010 she was awarded the UNESCO Artist for Peace title.

The album The Rooster Is Crowing is a memento to the Northern Transylvanian Jewish community destroyed by the Nazi in 1944. Their music has survived due to the Gipsy musicians playing their music in their feast. Márta and the Muzsikás have collected these melodies in the ’80s from these old musicians, and two of them actually play in this CD in the same way they had done it fifty years before.