”The most uplifting protest music I’ve ever heard.” – Lira Music Magazine
Kolonien is a four piece family band.
A ”big year” champion bird watcher, his brother a house-building father of two sons, their neighbor a percussion explorer of four continents and their cousin anna möller, the star fiddler of the band.
they grew up in the traditional music scene, deeply embedded in the family. As kolonien they reinvent their roots, both instrumentally and vocally with their rich Swedish harmonies.
Their journey started in their teens, when they left their countryside home to travel around Sweden as protest singers in the Swedish Green movement.
When they got invited to perform at a Zanzibar festival in Tanzania in 2010, things really started taking shape. It was meant as a onetime gig, but the songs and the conversations of change fell in place unexpectedly well and they decided to start a band and write their own songs.
Since then these four Swedes have been pursuing their music fueled by the vision of a united world, taking them on multiple tours in Europe and beyond. With just shy of 400 concerts, numerous workshops and collaborations they have constantly been following their ethos of always seeking new ways and new connections.
Kolonien have two albums released. Twice prized and awarded at the Swedish Folk and World Music Awards.
Twice nominated also with one of their offspring projects Världens Band – where they’ve gathered thirteen musicians from six countries.
For that they have been given five star reviews and quotes such as ”Sweden’s most exciting folk band” – Songlines Magazine
Kolonien is now found on the frontier of the new Scandinavian folk scene, established as one of its more prominent acts.
KOLONIEN – (Latin: Colonia)
“The cultivator and explorer of new grounds,
a place to make things grow.”
Since the start they have strived to live up to, and be guided by, the meaning of their name.
As of yet the fight for a fair and sustainable world is far from won. But more importantly: it’s not yet lost either.
Sweden: Nataraj Records