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ORIGINAL • TRADITIONAL • EXPERIMENTAL

Kakafon Records will attend Womex 2019 in Tampere. You will find delegate Livet Nord at the swedish stand.

On this particular site we have selected some of our fine folk- and world music artists that are also highly appreciated live acts for you to explore! You are also most welcome to visit all out sites of course!


Kakafon Records was established in Gothenburg, Sweden, in June 2010 but has it's home today is the small village Siljansnäs, in the epicentre of Dalecarlia.
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.

Navarra

- Swedish Folk music with a nerve and city pulse!

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NAVARRA • I LJUSNINGEN

Navarra is folk music with a nerve of city pulse and a longing for morning light. It’s energy-laden folk groove and a gentle comfort on a rainy day. 

They are known as innovators of their genre and as a fiery live act, creating an almost magical atmosphere between band and audience. The new album I ljusningen (At dawn) is the band’s third and much-awaited album. It gives us folk music with Navarra’s unmistakable energy and joyous interplay but there are also songs that really stretch the concept of folk music. A sister from Somalia, music from the deep forests of Värmland, telephone salesmen and a longing great as the moon all have a natural place when Navarra’s music takes shape. Lyrics with a deep and personal imagery are given color and form in accurate compositions. Arvid Kästel's groovy folk music piano and Erika Risinger's virtuoso violin playing rest firmly on a creative and confident drum play by Carl Johan Groth. Sofia Kunze's warm voice naturally weaves into the whole with nerve and expressiveness. At dawn, just as the sun breaks through the veil of night, we find Navarra's magical world.

Navarra have performed at a Womex showcase.

Latest album release 2019|13|09
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ELLINOR & LEONOR

- "Ellinor & Leonor lift the traditional music of Dalarna to previously unknown heights" - Lira MusicMagazine

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ELLINOR & LEONOR • ÅRSRINGAR

With the unusual combination of five-string cello and fiddle, Ellinor & Leonor vitalise and give new life to Swedish folk music.

In “Årsringar”, the duo present traditional tunes from South Dalarna in stylish and lilting arrangements enriched with improvisation and influences from chamber and world music. The duo have chosen to call their second album Årsringar (Growth Rings) in celebration of significant Swedish folk musicians that have gone before. Retaining a respect for the traditional, the duo relishes in the spontaneity of artistic freedom to playfully develop and express the material through different genres. Thanks to Leonor’s way of playing her five-string cello, the melody wanders between the two instruments, leaving room for improvisation. Ellinor and Leonor are also much appreciated dance musicians which can be heard in the lively triplets of Hins Anders polska, the energy filled hagervals “Karusellen”, as well as in their rendition of majestic polonaises and melancholic polskas.

Album release 2019|17|05
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ANNE KALMERING

- Klezmer music with width performed by highly skilled musicians!

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ANNE KALMERING & STAHLHAMMER KLEZMER CLASSIC
VAYTER


Anne Kalmering’s voice resembles no other. Her warm, humorous and soulful interpretations of songs in Yiddish and Ladino have made her a central figure of the unique Jewish-Swedish cultural heritage. Together with critically acclaimed Stahlhammer Klezmer Classic, she now releases their debute album Vayter. Stahlhammer Klezmer Classic has its roots in Stahlhammer Klezmer Orchestra, which existed in Krasnik, Poland from 1920 to 1939 with violinist Semmy Stahlhammers grandfather, uncles and friends. Semmy continues the family tradition with new members.
The album Vayter shows the width of the klezmer music – Jewish folk music meets chamber music and cabaret in suggestive and playful arrangements. The music is reminiscent of a culture that was close to being destroyed, but still lives on. Vayter means “ahead, forward” in Yiddish – and is a tribute to all those who has walked this path with their songs and music.

Album release 2019|30|08

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HenriK Cederblom - ZOBOP

- An urban world music that draws its inspiration from dance in different forms.

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HENRIK CEDERBLOM • ZOBOP

Henrik Cederblom has played guitar behind a number of great Swedish artists such as Freddie Wadling, Daniel Lemma, Sofia Karlsson and Timo Räisänen, among others. He is also known for his work with the Swedish award winning band Den Fule. Zobop is his solo debute where he has written a collection of songs that focuses on melody and groove. An urban world music that draws its inspiration from dance in different forms. Zobop brings us new meeting points: Here are influences from style icons such as Zappa and Jeff Beck, Bill Frisell and Tony Allen, but basically the music is written as folk music for electric guitar, bass, beats, drums and saxophone. “I have always loved how fiddlers play together in Swedish and Norwegian folk traditions, and I also really enjoy playing for a dancing crowd” says Henrik, “so I wanted to focus on rhythm, melody and interplay.” Zobop is a meeting between those elements and improvisation – individual as well as collective. The soul of a tune, how it orchestrates the beat, the different worlds created by the melodies and interplay – this is what makes Zobop an entirely unique place to be.

Album release 2019|17|05

Reviews
Robert Silverstein / MWE3 (Florida) about Zobop
"Hemifrån" - Reviews for Zobop

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IDA&LOUISE

- "The way the northern flavor interacts with the Yiddish texts is the strength of the album." - In Geveb

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IDA&LOUISE • SHTOLTSE LIDER / PROUD POEMS

A hundred years ago, the Yiddish Culture was blooming, and there was a great movement of women poets who were driven by powerful, artistic visions. In the years after the second World War their works were forgotten, but thanks to feminist groups in the 1980’s, the works were rediscovered and translated into English. A new generation of readers could now enjoy the poetry around the world. In Shtoltse lider (Proud Poems), the duo Ida&Louise gives new life to this treasure of poetry. The duo has interpreted poems by five of the yiddish writers, by composing new music to the lyrics. “We want to build a bridge between a hidden cultural heritage and innovative female artists from the past and the future. Between languages and cultures, poetry and music“, says Ida&Louise. In their compositional work, Ida&Louise has found their inspiration deep within the lyrics, and their ambition is to create a close and moving connection between music and texts. On this album, the duo adds voice harmonies, glockenspiel, whispering and cello to their own, symbiotic sound, as well as an old recording by the poet Rokhl Korn, reciting her own poem. The poems can be read in Yiddish and English in the booklet of the CD.

Release 2019|08|03

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KAJA • ORIGO (CD och LP)

Origo is a celebration of life and death, the journey and eternity.
Kaja, the trio that just stepped into its teens, unleashes their distinctly personal approach once again to embrace a broad emotional range with a creative mélange of  influences.They still have their roots in Klezmer and other Eastern European folk music, but they’ve branched out and their latest album even features influences from pop, Afro and electronica. In addition to violin, accordion and double bass, the trio also treats us to cutting-edge guest performances on scissors (!), synth bass, percussion, kalimba, grand piano, live electronica and saxophones. A 12-minute long suite nestles with a deadly waltz, a dramatic unplanned road trip, vibrant Afro beats, and a trolley trip in. All with the cinematic chamber music sound of Kaja.

Latest album release 2019|01|03

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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. Unique brand of daring and dazzling chamber folk, full of edgy twists and turns.
Release 2013|18|11
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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. 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|20|09
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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.
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|31|03
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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|03|11
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PIREUS • REBETIKA PÅ SVENSKA

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


Release 2016/28/10
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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|13|05
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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.

Also listen to the album in Swedish: KAKACD003!

Release 2015|19|11
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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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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|22|09
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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|05|11
Other albums with musicians from Midvintervaka: Krackel, Rust and Tre Trappor Upp.
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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|06|02
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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|21/11
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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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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|08|11
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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|23|08
Other albums with Gunnar Källström: Vintergäck, Allt skägg är hö and Fåglar med höjdskräck.
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