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Mames Babegenush

Holger Danskes Vej 108. 4. Th
2000 Frederiksberg

Authentic eastern European folk music meets Nordic soundscapes

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  • phone: +45 26810284
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participating in

  • WOMEX 2017
  • WOMEX 2016
  • WOMEX 2015
  • WOMEX 2014
  • WOMEX 2013
  • WOMEX 2012
  • WOMEX 2011
  • WOMEX 2010
  • WOMEX 2009
stand number WOMEX 17: 222

company description

“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.” Tom Nevell, SONGLINES

“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 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, will be out through German Galileo Records in Oct 2017.

Formed in 2004 the six-piece ensemble quickly dazzled audiences as well as critics with their fresh sound and musical gumption.
In 2008 David Krakauer, Alicia Svigals, Michael Alpert and Josh Dolgin (SoCalled) selected Mames Babegenush to the Carnegie Hall Young Artist Program. The following year the band released their acclaimed debut ‘Klezmer Killed The Radio Star’ which landed a nomination at the Danish Music Award.
In 2010 the ensemble experienced a career highlight when they participated in the 2nd International Jewish Music Competition in Amsterdam. As the only ensemble, it was the winner of three prizes - the Jury's Special Prize for cultural bridge building in music, the Booker's Prize and the biggest prize of them all; The Audience Prize for best live performance.
In 2014 Mames Babegenush released their latest album forging their strong Scandinavian roots into the vibrant dance music of Eastern Europe. From the great ambience of Nordic pine trees to a lively wedding in Romania this album gives the listener a sense of both melancholy and ecstatic joy.
The milestone record represents a new path in their sound integrating string quartet, harp and children’s choir into their musical universe and was nominated for a Danish Music Award, Album of The Year.

Mames Babegenush With Strings (Galileo Records) // 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




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