Relax, nothing is under control.
The band started 2010 when violinist Anna Möller was invited by the brothers Arvid & Erik Rask and percussionist Mischa Grind for a journey to Zanzibar to do a gig.
It must have gone well, cause what was intended as a on-time thing turned into hundreds of concert around the world, still going strong after nearly seven years.
The first year the band where invited to play abroad in Tanzania and Israel/Palestine, where they found inspiration and time to complete their sound, mixing folkmusic with pop- and reggae grooves. Dynamic compositions that enters the twentieth century, but still stays true to the roots.
This started to give Kolonien attention from audiences in Sweden, and in 2011 they where awarded ”Best Young Folk Act”. Upon that they released their debutalbum ”Clockwise” 2012, followed by a wide tour throughout Sweden and a few concerts in Croatia and Cyprus.
This established Kolonien as one of the more prominent new acts in the folkmusic scene today. And 2013 they got awarded ”Newcomer of the year” at Folk & Worldmusic awards, Sweden.
Later that year they also released the first half of their second album – a five track strong EP named “Sammanhang”. A well reviewed story of hope and a brighter future.
They followed with album Drömmarnas Land (Dreamland) in 2015, first album entirely in Swedish, taking them on the road throughout 2016.
Looking back, Kolonien has since the start given more than 400 concerts in nine countries, through which they’ve earned a dedicated and varied audience.
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
3: What was the worst advice?
Music...? Shouldn't get a real job?!
4: What was your first concert?
Mothers birthday party. Epic.
5: What/where is the best road food?
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
If confused or stuck, try C, G and F and sing along. Maybe an Am as well...
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
Yoga, green tea and game of thrones.