KAKAFON • IN ENGLISH

Kakafon Records was established in Gothenburg, Sweden, in June 2010. Reflecting innovation as well as traditions the label releases words and sounds deriving from folk music. Sounds that have taken winding roads all around the world. Born, raised, visiting or at last settled down in the Swedish soil. Instrumental music, songs and poetry. Original, traditional, experimental.

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KAKACD030
AMERIKARESAN • Sanningen Om Big Joe - En riktig rövarhistoria

Sanningen on Big Joe (The Truth About Big Joe) is the second album from Amerikaresan for children, about the Swedish emigration. The songwriter, Marcus Svensson, is a wellknown Swedish blues musician who has toured and recorded in the roots community for the last 20 years. Sanningen om Big Joe is a swinging story about Gustaf's and Emma's adventurous life in America. The songs are in Swedish and mostly written in a rootsy and rough style. This is an exciting and entertaining album – not just for kids but for everyone.

Release 2017-11-10

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KAKACD029 / KAKALP002
SARA PARKMAN & SAMANTHA OHLANDERS • MATRIARKERNA (CD och LP!)

The matriarchy has for over 500 years been an important part of the Scandinavian herding system - but pretty excluded in the history books. With the record Matriarkerna the praised folk music duo Sara Parkman & Samantha Ohlanders takes back their traditions. Parkman and Ohlanders have invited their idols, heroines and some of Swedens biggest folk musicians to play with them on the record. The meeting between generations and discussions on the topic roots and traditions is the solid foundation on which the production stands.
Sara and Samantha are two of Swedens most interesting musicians on the folk scene today. With their feministic and anti-nationalistic folk music they have opened up for a bigger understanding of what folk music is and can be.

Release 2017-11-03

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KAKACD028
TOBIAS EREHED • HISTORIER

Swedish poetry written and performed by the extraordinary poet, singer and stand-up comedian Tobias Erehed.

Release 2017-05-18

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KAKACD027
PIREUS • REBETIKA PÅ SVENSKA

Greek rebetika in Swedish with some of Swedens most prominent greek musicians!

Release 2016-10-28

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KAKACD026
MAJORNAS 3DJE ROTE • VÄLKOMMEN HEM

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Release 2016-09-29

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KAKACD025 • Album debute!
SWING TARTURO • OPERATION VISION

With rebellious swing, roaring blues, playful improvisation and hopeful lyrics about a solidary and equal world Swing Tarturo generously delivers both seriousness and joy. Their unique contemporary swing is sharp, fresh, experimental and surprising.
The band has brought to life and renewed the traditional and almost entirely stagnated jazz of the 1920s. Swing Tarturo’s music sounds like an old crank gramophone or a crazy, derailed cabaret from the 1930s spiced up with a handful of punk. Their repertoire has in the recent years developed towards an emphasis on the compositions in the same tradition by the band's singer Julia Stokes and on the album Operation vision the old classics have been phased out with the exception of one song. The 1936 song Strange fruit with it’s anti-racism protest being still very relevant. The fusion between the bold and honest lyrics about equality, empathy and the anxiety of everyday life, and the inventive and often humorous music creates an exciting and striking collection of songs.

Release 2016-05-13

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KAKACD024 • Albumdebut!
FLOCKEN • ALTONA

Swedish band FLOCKEN’s debut album Altona is the result of four years of intense touring and musical experimentation between four musicians with four distinct personalities; a mutually enriching give-and-take process characterized by openness, spontaneity and intense stage presence. Since 2011, they have toured Europe extensively, performing at all kinds of venues, from the streets to established stages and acclaimed clubs. At the core of Flocken’s music, you find klezmer as well as Swedish and Balkan folk music. Composers Ida Gillner and Fredrik Brändström have also swirled in some tango, Bulgarian folk music and jazz. The result is a powerful and dynamic debut album alive with encounters between musicians, genres and artistic expressions, treating listeners to free improvisation, strict arrangements, tradition and new territory.

Release 2016-04-13

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KAKACD023 • DIGITAL RELEASE!
LUCAS STARK
• It's Strike In Paradise - The Songs Of Joe Hill


Joe Hill emigrated from Sweden to the USA at the beginning of the 20th century, and with his poems and songs came to be one of the most important voices of the early American labour rights movement. Lucas Stark has chosen thirteen of Hill’s most satirical, cutting, and urgent songs for this new album. Together in the studio with help from some of Sweden’s most well known musicians, Stark has recast Hill’s songs into new arrangements with a dash of inspiration from blues, jazz, country, rock, waltz, and ”Swedish folkpark tradition.
Release 2015-11-19

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KAKACD022
MARIA LINDSTRÖM • LITE FÖR BRA

Swedish singer/songwriter with influenses from blues, swing, cabaret, reggae, and more.

Release 2015-11-20

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KAKACD021
GUNNAR KÄLLSTRÖM & DE PRAKTISKA HUSGERÅDEN
• VINTERGÄCK


Swedish singer/songwriter with influenses from jazz, folkmusic and storytelling. His band is formed by some of swedens most loved musicans.
Release 2014-12-01

Other Kakafon albums with Gunnar Källström: Fåglar med höjdskräck, Allt skägg är hö and 14 visor på fastande mage.

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KAKACD020
MIDNATTSORKESTERN
• ÖVER STADENS TAK - Sånger av David Löfberg


In 2009, eight musicians purchased a night ticket and stepped on the tram which would become Midnattsorkestern (The Midnight Orchestra). After five years and several tours the album Över stadens tak (Over The Rooftops) is released, containing thirteen new songs by David Löfberg. The music is a kind of mixed brew of chamber music and chanson, with additional influences from folk songs, tango and jazz. The resulting sound might be described as a beautifully over- grown genre palette, coloured by the featured musicians’ diverse backgrounds. Singer Elina Ryd
takes centre stage. With the classic four part voicing of the string quartet as foundation, supported by rhythmical accompaniment in bass and guitar, the narrating song creates a dialog with instrumental solo efforts. Everything originates from the tunes, and everything is about atmosphere. Sea and moon, evening and dawn, dream and longing, city and country road. A nocturnal landscape where the world is a giant sphere, and sea, space and melancholy infinite.

Release 2014-09-22

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KAKACD019
MARIANNE HOLMBOE & EMIL PERNBLAD • DE NOCHE

With poetic fervor and a virtuosic performance, Marianne Holmboe & Emil Pernblad infuse the heat of southern Spain with a light breeze of Nordic air. After many years of perfoming, numerous field trips and tours to Andalucía - the cradle of flamenco, these two prominent flamenco musicians present the groundbreaking album ”De Noche”. The lyrics of half of the songs originate from Emil's pen, and interestingly, the remaining half consists of poems written by Emil's grandmother Birgitta Örnstedt, who was also an internationally respected visual artist. Emils newly written music along with the poetry and a selection of Örnsteds paintings form a poetic and artistic entity. In addition to the duo's closely-knit vocals and guitar playing, several guest musicians are heard on the album, as well as the virtuoso rhythms of flamenco dancer Ann Sehlstedt 'La Pantera' s footwork.

Release 2014-09-08

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KAKACD018
MARCUS SVENSSON • AMERIKARESAN

Amerikaresan is a 10 songs long blues story for children about the Swedish emigration to America during the 1800s. The songwriter, Marcus Svensson, is a wellknown Swedish blues musician who has toured and recorded in the roots community for the last 15 years. Amerikaresan is an adventurous and swinging story where we follow the young emigrant Gustaf on his way to a better life in America. He leaves poverty and famine in Sweden behind and boards a ship to the land of oppurtunity – a dream he shared and still shares with people on the move all over the world. He reaches New York City but heads south on the Mississippi to his final destination in Louisiana. On his journey he meets railway workers, blues magicians, alligators and a
cajun princess. The songs are in Swedish and written in a rootsy and rough style. On most of the tracks Marcus uses his 1932 steel bodied National guitar. He gets good help from well known Swedish musicians and one of Sweden's most talented entertainers. Together they have created an exciting and entertaining record – not just for kids but for everyone.

Release 2014-09-08

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KAKACD017
MARIA PIHL & KG MALM · NU GÅR VI TILL FABRIKEN

Nu går vi till fabriken means Off To the Factory. Claes Pihl and Maria Pihl were set a challenge, to write and compose songs for a play about life in a small Swedish industrial town at the beginning of the last century. In the play, KG Malm acted and sang alongside Maria Pihl. The subject provoked both ideas and enthusiasm. Books were devoured, old workers interviewed and before anybody had the chance to put on the brakes, eleven songs were born. These songs show us different aspects of industrial town life, the close mindedness, the community spirit and social rifts. A central part of Swedish history is brought to life through the stories and fates of the people who populated these towns.

Release 2013-12-02

Other albums with K-G Malm: Murardrömmar

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KAJA · TRE TRAPPOR UPP (CD and VINYL!)

Upstairs, ”three stories up”, you find dark nooks and crannies that open up on spacious ballrooms shimmering with light. Swaying waltzes merge into acoustic loops, improvisation, chilly sound-scapes and then into uncompromising, full-throttle folk. Nearly a decade together has honed Kaja into a genre of their own, an irresistible flowering of musical expressions. Rooted in Eastern European music, it finds nourishment in the borderlands between tradition and innovation. Following on their acclaimed album Rust, Kaja is poised to release their third album Tre Trappor Upp (Three Stories Up). Their new release displays further influences from American Folk music, acoustic club music and Indian ragas – all wrapped up in a full-bodied sound.  The results are a unique brand of daring and dazzling chamber folk, full of edgy
twists and turns.

Release 2013-11-18


Other albums with Kaja: Krackel, Rust och Midvintervaka. Kaja also plays in the group Gunnar Källström & Fridens Liljer.
 

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KAKACD015
NAVARRA · OM NATTEN

Navarra put its feet down in nordic traditional music with a great bang 2011 when they released their debut album "Nya fönster" ("New Windows”), which was critically acclaimed and nominated for several awards. No other band sounds quite like Navarra. They organically intermingle the character of traditional nordic music with the tone of pop and the freedom of jazz, and since the very beginning these four musicians have been notes for their irresistible energy and their genuinely original relationshop to Nordic folk music. In the album ”Om natten" (”At Night”) Navarra continues to explore its universe. How can a Jössehärs-polska become Gothenburg pop? What happens when a chorale melody encounters a distorted synthesizer and free-form drumming? Can traditional music become political disco? The answers to these, and many other questions, will be given in ”Om natten".

Release 2013-09-09

Other albums with Navarra: Nya Fönster.

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KAKACD014
DEN FULE · CONTREBANDE

The musical cosmopolitans Den Fule releases their fourth album, Contrebande, featuring guests such as Solo Cissokho, kora and vocals, and Adama Cissokho, vocals, from Senegal, and Canadian spoken word artist Sofia Baig. This eclectic and electrifying encounter between West African and Nordic folk music evolved into a truly original synthesis steeped in joie du vivre. Den Fule is a genre-bending band. Founded in the early 90s, their unique brand of folk fusion made them stand out members of the new folk scene. They have toured worldwide and have three albums to their name, the first of which, Lugumleik, won them a Swedish grammy.

Released 2013-08-12

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KAKACD013
GUNNAR KÄLLSTRÖM & FRIDENS LILJER · FÅGLAR MED HÖJDSKRÄCK

Swedish singer/songwriter with influenses from jazz, folkmusic and storytelling. His band is formed by some of swedens most loved musicans.

Released 2013-01-21

Other albums with Gunnar Källström: Vintergäck, Allt skägg är hö and 14 visor på fastande mage.

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KAKACD012
KAJA OCH TETRA · MIDVINTERVAKA

With saffron fragrant songs and cinnamon flavored tunes a vibrant Christmas brew is made of Caribbean, Scandinavian, English, Greek, Arabic, South American and East European music influences and traditional tunes. With the album "Midvintervaka" canvases Kaja & Tetra up a sumptuous Christmas dinner for everyone. It sounds ranging from Staffan Supervisor and Santa Lucia in Italian to the brand new midvinter tango and Haitian comfortable swinging Christmas music. Midvintervaka is created as a show by the two swedish folk/world music groups Kaja and Tetra. The musicians are also performing in a number of different Swedish groups and projects, such as New Tide Orquesta, Ale Möllen Band, Kultiration, Amanda and many other.

Released 2012-11-05

Other albums with musicians from Midvintervaka: Krackel, Rust and Tre Trappor Upp.

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KAKACD011  ·  Solo debute!
CAMILLA ÅSTRÖM OCH KOMPANJONERNA · VISOR FÖR FRÅGVISA

Visor för frågvisa ("songs for the curious") is an album for children and all other curious people. Music and lyrics are made by musician and composer Camilla Åström, who was greatly inspired  by her two nieces in the making of Visor för frågvisa.  The lyrics are filled with questions that might appear in the life of a small child. What does a cat eat? Hos long is a year? There are also songs about being proud of who you are, scary monsters, planning the best birthday party ever, or about the joy of riding the swing high up in the air!
Released 2012-04-23.

Other albums with Camilla Åström: Krackel, Rust, Tre Trappor Upp and Midvintervaka.

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KAKACD010
GUNNAR KÄLLSTRÖM OCH DE PRAKTISKA HUSGERÅDEN
· ALLT SKÄGG ÄR HÖ


Swedish singer/songwriter with influenses from jazz, folkmusic and storytelling. His band is formed by some of swedens most loved musicans.

Released 2012-04-10

Other albums With Gunnar Källström: Fåglar med höjdskräck and 14 visor på fastande mage.

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KAKACD009 · Album debute!
OLA SANDSTRÖM SJUNGER TOMAS TRANSTRÖMER
· ELDKLOTTER


The lyrics on this album are by Tomas Tranströmer, acclaimed as one of the most important Scandinavian writers of the 20th century. In 2002, when Sandström was studying at Mälardalen University College, Tomas Tranströmer rendered a visit to the university. During the welcoming ceremony, Sandström presented two of his compositions based on Tranströmer text. This went on very well and was well received by the poet and his wife Monica. This encouraged him to compose more works The album contains musical renditions, very simple and unadorned, which is one of the poet's signature that Sandström has retained in these performances, yet at the same time giving the lyrics a new life and appeal to new listeners. The album, a culmination of Ola Sandström 10-year work from 2002 to 2011, was released on February the 6th in 2012. It couldn't have come at a more opportune time as Tomas Tranströmer was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Released 2012-02-06

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KAKACD008
MARKUS HULTCRANTZ & THE JUST WOKE UPS · SONGS & STORIES

Storytelling has always been the top priority for singer/songwriter Markus Hultcrantz, in close relation with thorough compositions. This is, ofcourse also the case on the album Songs & Stories, his first with english lyrics. The powerful stories are deeply grounded in Markus' and the musical collective "The Just Woke Ups"' americana-inspired arrangements.

Released 2011–11–21

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KAKACD007
LOKE · 11/11

Loke is a swedish singer-songwriter with musical and lyrical influenses from punkrock and progressive music. He has been performing all over the country since 2003 at all kind of stages and venues. Due to his great pride in artistic indipendence and close relations to his fans, Loke goes by the nickname "Lord of the Underground-Singers" and although rarely seen in media Lokes got a big and faithful crowd all over Sweden. 11/11 is the third album of Loke where he has returned to his early influences like Swedish story telling tradition and punk. 11/11 is a unholy alliance between naked acoustic and intensively loud punkrock music.

Released 2011–11–07

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KAKACD006
KG MALM · MURARDRÖMMAR · Dubbel-CD

K-G Malm's double album ”Murardrömmar” concists of storys/ monologues in the swedish storytelling-tradition performed together with the musician Dan Viktor.

Released 2011–09–12

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KAKACD005
GOODLAND TRIO · Album debute!

In Goodland, a place to be found somewhere in Sweden, the three musicians Hanna Wiskari Griffiths, Jonathan Larsson and Oskar Reuter met in the fall of 2009. Sweet music, with roots in traditional Scandinavian music, was born! The members are known from many other bands and projects such as NID, Horn Please, Habbadám, Kultiration, Agrin, Björn Kleinhenz Trio, Downtown Ramblers, The Gentle Act Incident and Västanå Teater. Their debute album prese mainly original tunes composed by the members of the band, with a distinct nordic sound. Polskas, waltzes and schottises are played in arrangements that wavers between the traditional and the contemporary, with influences of pop and improvised music. "Music to get lost in. To loose yourself and float away through time, through forest, through life." (Henrik Wallgren)

Released 2011–08–22

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KAKACD004
NAVARRA · NYA FÖNSTER · Album debute!

With roots deep in Swedish soil, Navarra launches and gives new wings to Nordic folk music tradition. Courageously, earnestly, energetically and with an intimate appeal, pianist Arvid Kästel and lead singer Sofia Bergström perform new creations side by side with riksspelman and violinist Erika Risinger and Carl-Johan Groth on drums. Four strong personalities who have already made a name for themselves thanks to their focused live performances at festival stages around the country. Now, the band’s debut album is released.
Released 2011–05–09

Other albums with Navarra: Om natten.

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KAKACD003
LUCAS STARK SJUNGER JOE HILL · STREJK I PARADISET

Joe Hill emigrated from Sweden to the USA in the beginning of the 20th century. With his poems and songs he became one of the most important voices in the early years of the USA’s trade union movement. For the first time in almost 40 years his songs have now been given a holistic approach in Swedish. The singer Lucas Stark has selected thirteen of the most satirical, well-aimed and important songs which he has brought up to date and, in some cases, translated into Swedish for the first time. In the studio some of Sweden’s best-known musicians have helped him mould the
tunes in new arrangements with a whiff of blues, jazz, country,
rock and Viennese waltz.

Released 2010-11-08

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KAKACD002
KAJA · RUST

Klezmer and other Eastern European Folk music is the foundation, adding layers of film and contemporary music, Tango, Swedish folk tunes and improvisation. During starlit sparkling Swedish winter nights, to accompaniment of sea gull and squeaking Gothenburg trams, and on train rides between east and west, the music of the album Rust has been created. Together, the three musicians have sought a way to make the new compositions come alive through surprising arrangements as well as intimate interplay. The album contains both melancholic and playful melodies, richly ornamented and fully harmonized. All resting on grounded, groovy rhythms. The music finds its fuel in Eastern European Folk music traditions, but the experimental parts makes the genre Kaja´s very own. Rust is outspoken, deep-rooted, wide and meandering.

Released 2010-09-20

Other albums with Kaja: Krackel, Tre Trappor Upp och Midvintervaka. Kaja also plays in the group Gunnar Källström & Fridens Liljer.

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KAKACD001
GUNNAR KÄLLSTRÖM & FRIDENS LILJER
· 14 VISOR PÅ FASTANDE MAGE


Swedish singer/songwriter with influenses from jazz, folkmusic and storytelling. His band is formed by some of swedens most loved musicans.

Released 2010-08-23

Other albums with Gunnar Källström: Vintergäck, Allt skägg är hö and Fåglar med höjdskräck.

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FOMCD001
KAJA · KRACKEL Album debute!

Carefully wrought from two years of interplaying, Kajas first full-length album Krackel saw the light of day! There is magic, nerve and absolute presence when trio Kaja present their compositions with the musical language of Klezmer as the main ingredient.
The music expands beyond conventional limits when Livet Nord, Camilla Åström and Daniel Wejdin let their previous musical experiences become a natural part of Kaja´s sound.  Influences of Tango, Jazz and Balkan Folk music is some of the compo-nents in this “new klezmer” of Kaja. This is young, innovative and absolutely fabulous music.

Released 2007-03-31

Other albums with Kaja: Tre Trappor Upp, Rust och Midvintervaka. Kaja also plays in the group Gunnar Källström & Fridens Liljer.

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