Mames Babegenush is the East meeting the North. Strong Scandinavian roots merges with the vibrant dance music of Eastern Europe, from the ambience of Nordic pine trees to lively weddings in Romania the music of Mames Babegenush gives a sense of both melancholy and ecstatic joy. Formed in Copenhagen in 2004 the six-piece ensemble quickly dazzled audiences as well as critics with a fresh sound and musical gumption. The group spent years to perfect the styles of traditional Jewish and Eastern European folk music and have always insisted on leaving their personal mark in their music.
Latest release, Mames Babegenush With Strings (the groups 5th album) was released last year by German Galileo Music digitally and on vinyl and won the "Roots Album Of 2017" Carl Award from Danish Publisher Association.
Live on stage, Mames Babegenush is a unique acquaintance, unfolding a thrilling and dynamic universe never seen or heard before. Throughout their career the group has played some of the most storied venues and festivals worldwide like: Carnegie Hall (US), Bergen International Festival (NO), Tønder Festival (DK), Schleswig-Holstein Festival (GER), The Royal Danish Theatre, Chicago World Music Festival (US), Lotus Festival (US), Roskilde Festival (DK) and Paradiso (NL).
"Honed across many years of recordings and blistering live shows, the resultant assurance and confidence – in playing and composition – is in full flower... this is the sound of a new Nordic authenticity and milieu"
John Pheby, fRoots
"The band is crisp, with top players, intriguing originals, tight arrangements, and delightful wit. While it isn’t strictly the jazz we’re used to, it shares the same ideals of joy, mastery, inventiveness and soul."
Dr. Judith Schlesinger, AllAboutJazz.com
"This truly is high-end klezmer, which accurately locates the beating heart of the tradition while simultaneously transcending it with inflections from other genres “
Tom Nevell, SONGLINES
"The roaring sextet Mames Babegenush has defined a very organized creative space, in which “Nordic atmospheres” are layered with passion for Eastern European melodies. When listening to the rich and articulated album you hear six musician’s passion, but also their unity and solid competences… The band can build anything on its elements, without hesitating on traditional parts and projecting a flow in new non-dogmatic directions."
Daniele Cestellini, Blogfoolk
Mames Babegenush With Strings (Galileo Music) // 2017
Mames Babegenush (Math Records) // 2014
Full Moons & Pay Days – remixes & originals (Laika Records / Gateway) // 2012
Mehanata vol. 3 (Compilation) // 2012
My Heart Aches When the Angels Dance (Gateway) // 2011
Mehanata: Home of Gypsy-Jews (Compilation) // 2009
Klezmer Killed the Radio Star (Cope Records) // 2009
OY! (EP) //2006