The band is made up of members of BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners 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 members of Swedish folk quintet Abra Makabra, Since the start in 2012 Världens band has carried out four highly successful tours of Sweden, playing at all of the major folk festivals, and two UK tours, where they have created an enthusiastic following after twice playing at Sage Gateshead, headlining Musicport Festival, and appearing at venues and universities across the country, including Band on the Wall, Rich Mix and Belgrave Music Hall.
To quote a critic from NE:MM MAGAZINE (UK):
”I’d urge anyone with an interest in hearing something truly ground-breaking and diferent to go out and see this band!”
In the Spring of 2018, this unique world music orchestra will release their second studio album. It is called Dadjalo – which in wolof means “come together”. The band will then come together for a long European Summer Tour.
13 musicians from six countries and three continents: Världens Band performs a mix of folk and roots music from its members’ native countries in a collision of cultures and a style self-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 dances over Mediterranean rhythms. The result is a unique and exciting blend of culture, personality and style.