Golbang – The band
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Golbang – modern and limitless world music
In the encounter between Baluchi, Persian, Kurdish, Afghan and Swedish music traditions, Golbang creates musical magic. Meet one of the world’s loveliest voices in groovy interplay and improvisation for peace and love. This is world-class world music!
Golbang is a world music band with an entirely unique sound. The band name is Persian for “the song of the nightingale”, and the eight members have, among others, Persian, Baluchi, Kurdish, Afghan and Swedish roots. An important part of the Golbang magic is the distinct sounds from different cultures that are present in all their songs – as well as their improvisational ability.
The band was founded in 1994. After 2000, the band was renewed with professionally trained folk musicians from Royal College of Music in Stockholm. At that time, they already started experimenting with combining Scandinavian folk melodies with African rhythms and Middle East influences.
“Progressive world music. Colorful is just the beginning. The most Eastern numbers are the most ardent, but the interpretation of the Swedish folk song ‘Allt under himmelens fäste’ is also stunningly beautiful. The most powerful piece is the one that has given the album its name: Morid. From the poetic search and the encounter between East and West (in this case, folk tones from Dalarna), a universal love grows with a rarely experienced emotional strength. Incredibly beautiful. Incredibly warming.” With these words, Claes Olson describes the Golbang record Morid on the music site Simba.
Sofia Lilly Jönsson talks about music in SvD and writes the following: “The Golbang world pop music found its home in the Swedish world of folk music (…). [The record] has the explicit purpose of creating music for comfort and joy. But in contrast of calm music for those who grieve, it is impossible to sit still when listening to ‘Gallawêja’, and oh how beautifully Rostam Mirlashari sings in ’Sabzast’.”
The music magazine Lira describes the Golbang live concert: “Rostam Mirlashari still has one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard, and it fits as perfectly in peacefully quiet melodies as in more intense pieces.”
Today, Golbang is one of the most popular world music ensembles of Scandinavia. They have four records and have performed on most of the biggest Scandinavian music stages as well as several international stages. The band has gained a lot of positive acknowledgment in media. For example, DN writes: “On the Golbang record ‘Setareh’, the seasons change seamlessly and you don’t know which one is the most beautiful. The singer Rostam Mirlashari must have one of Sweden’s most beautiful and seductive voices.”
Lotta Johansson, producer at Musikens hus in Rättvik, states that “Rostam must have on of the best voices in Sweden! It’s clear, sensuous, moving and it tells experiences beyond words.”
In many ways, Golbang is a reflection of the nine members of the group, and each song can be performed in at least eight different ways. The variety of rhythms that the band uses can transform into completely new shapes, depending on who is listening and who is interpreting.
Lotta Johansson continues her presentation of the record Morid: “I don’t know another group with such a musical width, this is what world music sounds like when musicians from different cultures have found each other and really interact. The music is both traditionally Persian, symphonically Western, popular and folky – it is ingenious, nuanced, modern and still recognizable.”