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Mames Babegenush


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Mames Babegenush have existed for 5 years and are ready with their debutalbum, Klezmer Killed the Radiostar. The music is both manic and oozes melancholy, travelling from out of control sirbas to the saddest of waltzes. ‘Mames Babegenush’ is Yiddish meaning ‘Moms Eggplant Salad’.

The band started out playing primarily at jewish parties such as weddings, bar mitzvahs and Hanukkah. Early on Mames Babegenush invented the concept of “klezmerattacks”; spontaneous surprise-concerts for unsuspecting people, ie. outdoors at a public places, inside cafés, bars or parties. Unexpected klezmer music has a very different and profoundly strong impact on its surroundings, and these klezmerattacks are today highly regarded wherever they take place.

Over the years the band has been playing at various venues and music festivals all over Denmark, Sweden and USA. They have focused on playing the klezmer music according to the traditional sound and musicians, such as Naftule Brandwein and Dave Tarras. But, over the years they have developed their own style and sound adding hard swinging grooves, elements of indie rock and Serbian horn arrangements. In the start of ’08 the band was selected and invited to join a one-week klezmerworkshop at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The jury consisted of the world’s top klezmermusicians, ie.David Krakauer and ‘Socalled’ (Josh Dolgin), and the week ended up with Mames Babegenush performing at Carnegie Hall.

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