Album release: 'Transglobal Roots Fusion' by Världens Band
Release date: 30 October 2015
Label: Brick Lane Records
More info: Band website
Fourteen musicians, seven countries, three continents, one band. Världens Band perform folk and roots music from their native countries in a coadunation of cultures in a style which they have 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 blends with Mediterranean rhythms. The result is a unique and exciting blend of culture, personality and style.
Formed in 2012, Världens Band is made up of; BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners, Newcastle-based band 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 Mediterranean singer Navah Elbaz. 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 Stockholm 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 three highly successful tours of Sweden, playing at various major folk festivals and one UK tour where they created an enthusiastic following after playing at the Sage, Musicport and at the SOAS concert series amongst other venues.
In coming together not only do Världens Band create what is probably the definition of world music but they also exhibit how music can unite and create a common understanding across socio-political and cultural borders. They are a seemingly impossible group that always had the potential for possible conflict with religious and political differences; by using music as their universal language and common ground, they have blossomed into an explosive orchestra that aims to challenge norms and prejudices.
‘Transglobal Roots Fusion’ is due out this autumn and follows on from their successful 2014 live album – ‘Världens Band Live at Nataraj Records’. To coincide with the new release the band will also be embarking on an enormous two month EU/UK tour starting in October 2015. Världens Band is an invitation to a fierce dance for change, and we highly recommend that you accept that invitation.