The Marama café band formed in 1999 as to celebrate and explore the music of Romanian singer Maria Tanase. It featured Ileana Rozavlea (vocals), Dominic Coltman (violin), Oliver Baldwin (bass) and Pete Watson (accordion). The group toured the UK, created a Romanian music festival at the Union Chapel in London released the CD Sapte Vai.
The band has added gypsy jazz, French musette, tango, swing and more to its repertoire and plays frequently in London and southern England. A new CD was released in April 2019 and the band is much in demand for functions. Pic : St George’s Gardens, Bloomsbury, London, April 2018 with Andy Hamill on bass.