With thirteen members from three continents – captivating world music is created that unites across borders.
Världens Band performs a mix of folk and roots music from its members’ native countries in a collision of cultures and a style self-branded as ‘Transglobal Roots Fusion’. Swedish melodies meet Scottish reels, English guitar accompanies Indian classical song, Galician pipes play Balkan melodies and the Senegalese kora dances over Mediterranean rhythms. The result is a unique and exciting blend of culture, personality and style.
Made up of members of BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners Last Orders, BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award nominees Rura and Swedish Folk Award winners Kolonien, alongside winner of the All India Radio Competition Carnatic Devotional singer Charu Hariharan, rising star of the Senegalese Griot tradition Abdou Cissokho and members of Swedish folk quintet Abra Makabra, Världens Band showcases music from all around the world, performed at its best.
All experts in their native traditional music, the musicians first joined forces in 2012 to share the folk music from their separate countries and to create new sounds under the guidance of Swedish folk legend Ale Möller. They have since carried out four highly successful tours of Sweden, playing at all of the major folk festivals, and two UK tours, where they have created an enthusiastic following after twice playing at Sage Gateshead, headlining Musicport Festival, and appearing at venues and universities across the country, including Band on the Wall, Rich Mix and Belgrave Music Hall.
Världens Band released its debut studio album ‘Transglobal Roots Fusion’ in october 2015 and was nominated for ‘Best Group’ at the 2016 Swedish Folk and World Music Gala.
They’re currently working on new music for their second album planned to be released in the winter of 2017 followed by a festival tour round Europe in summer 2018. The transglobal saga continues…
Världens Band is an invitation to a fierce dance for change.