Anima Sound System is a Hungarian electronic band founded in 1993 in
Szombathely. Anima is one of the first and most important Hungarian
electronic acts, a unique fusion of Eastern-European folk music and
modern electronic styles. The band is current under Mole Listening
Pearls. The band soon developed strong ties with the underground Tilos
Rádió station in Budapest. Their first international performance, in
1996, took place in Vienna at “Soundsfair Festival”, (as the only
Eastern-European act) along with bands like Red Snapper, Goldie and
Nightmares on Wax.
Their remix of the Hungarian national anthem, Himnusz, was released on their Bujdosó EP and aired live from Tilos Radio’s New Year party in 2000, then went on to cause controversy in Hungarian media.
Their sound developed from their early acid jazz-influenced albums to a more organic world music tone. Anima Sound System has undergone various changes in lineup since its formation, as well as numerous featured guest artists. Szabolcs Prieger and Zsolt Szabolcs remain from the original lineup, which had also featured Szilvia Bognár on vocals and dj Cadik on decks and turntables.
After touring Eastern European cities and capitals - 8 performances in Prague alone - Anima Sound System has begun to draw interest from Western European promoters - from the “Glasshaus” in Berlin, to “Divan du Monde” in Paris.