Mames Babegenush

Authentic eastern European folk music meets Nordic soundscapes

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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.
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, ex: Carnegie Hall (US), Bergen International Festival (NO), The Royal Danish Theatre, Chicago World Music Festival (US), Roskilde Festival (DK) and Paradiso (NL).
5th album, Mames Babegenush With Strings, is out now German Galileo Music on CD/vinyl/digital platforms.

“Mames Babegenush forges an organic sound with the momentum of life. The band pushes the perimeter of klezmer to incorporate many cultures, all fragrant with fecund growth and potential. This is joyous music even when it is not.”
C. Michael Bailey,

“It is truly a feast for the hungry klezmer fan. Expanding the boundaries of traditional Jewish music.”

“Mames Babegenush is melding the vital, vibrant heart of the klezmer - it’s imaginative, moving and brassily abrupt.”
John Pheby, fROOTS

"Mames Babegenush has hit upon a winning combination of artistry and originality while simultaneously being faithful to the tradition and pushing the genre forward."
Keith Wolzinger,

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

participating in

  • WOMEX 2018
  • WOMEX 2017
  • WOMEX 2016
  • WOMEX 2015
  • WOMEX 2014
  • WOMEX 2013
  • WOMEX 2012
  • WOMEX 2011
  • WOMEX 2010
  • WOMEX 2009
stand number WOMEX 18: B73-B76


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Mames Babegenush at #222

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This weekend in Copenhagen: Mames Babegenush doing live-on-tape album

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Mames Babegenush at WOMEX'16

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"Mames Babegenush With Strings" - Mames Babegenush

"Klezmer Killed The Radio Star" - Mames Babegenush

"Full Moons & Pay Days [Remixes and Originals]" - Mames Babegenush

"Mames Babegenush" - Mames Babegenush