Bea Palya

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Bea Palya
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Bea Palya performing in July 2008 at Budapest.
Background information
Born (1976-11-11) 11 November 1976 (age 40)
Origin Hungarian
Genres folk music
gipsy music
world music
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Voice
Years active 1994–present

Bea Palya (Hungarian pronunciation: [bɛa paya]; born in Makó, 11 November 1976) is a Hungarian folk and world music singer and songwriter, sometimes appearing in films as actress or singer. She is known in her country, Hungary as "Palya Bea" since Hungarian uses family name first.

In her early years she was influenced by Hungarian folk songs, Bulgarian, Jewish and Gypsy music following her multiple ethnical roots.[1]

In parallel with her musical career film makers discovered her character and acting abilities. First she sang the title song for Hungarian film Portugal (2000) As amateur actress Palya appeared in a supportive role in Miklós Jancsó's A mohácsi vész (2004). She played a more important role in French film Transylvania (2006), sang in Kolorado Kids (2010).[2] In 2017 she made her feature film debut with a leading role in Etienne Comar's biographical film, Django (2017) as gipsy wife of title character guitarist Django Reinhardt.[3]


She spent her childhood in the Hungarian village Bag, where she danced and sang in the local dance-group. She continued her education in Budapest at Apáczai Csere János Gimnázium, than studied ethnography at Eötvös Loránd University. She graduated in 2002.[1][4]

First she sang in the Hungarian folk music groups Zurgó and Laokoón. She started her solo career in 2002 . She performs Hungarian and Bulgarian folk music; besides this she plays jazz and world music. She has also studied both Indian and Persian music.[4][5]


  • Zurgó: Moldvai csángó népzene (1997)
  • Kárpátia: Zene Moldvából (1998)
  • Kiss Ferenc: Nagyvárosi bujdosók (1999)
  • Balogh Sándor: Dorombér (2000)
  • Szőke Szabolcs: Sindbad's songs (2000)
  • Chalaban: Moroccan Nomad (2000)
  • Cseh Tamás - Péterdi Péter: Magyar katonadalok és énekek... (2000)
  • Sebő Együttes: Rejtelmek (2001)
  • Folkestra: Mamikám (2001)
  • Beáta Palya: Ágról-ágra (tradition in motion) (2003)
  • Kárpátia: Vásár (2004)
  • Palya Bea: Álom-álom, kitalálom (2004)
  • Balázs Elemér Group: Magyar népdalok (2005)
  • Kiss Ferenc: Szerelem hava (2005)
  • Palya Bea - Weöres Sándor: Psyché (2005)
  • Beáta Palya: Adieu les complexes (2008)
  • Palya Bea: Egyszálének / Justonevoice (2009)
  • Palya Bea: Én leszek a játékszered (2010)
  • Palya Bea: Ribizliálom (2011)
  • Palya Bea: Ezeregy szefárd éjszaka (live) (2012)
  • Palya Bea: Altatok (2012)
  • Palya Bea: A nő (2014)



  1. ^ a b "Home". P A L Y A B E A. Retrieved 2017-01-08. 
  2. ^ "Bea Palya". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-01-08. 
  3. ^ "Reda Kateb and Cécile de France shooting Django". Cineuropa - the best of european cinema. Retrieved 2017-01-08. 
  4. ^ a b "Palya Bea". Wikipédia (in Hungarian). 2016-06-27. 
  5. ^ "Beáta Palya | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-01-08. 

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