Winner of Carl Prisen Award 2019

Winner of Danish Music Awards 2017


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“The combination of electronic music, hard-hitting jazz and Anatolian music is simply outstanding … Very impressive.” – GAFFA (DK)

“Kalaha deserves credit for the fact that more and more hearts in their home country are beating for the danceable psychedelic Turkish rock” – INFORMATION (DK)

“Throw away your prejudices and board the flying carpet. What’s important is not the destination. It’s all about the journey and the journey’s going to be fun.” – BØRSEN (DK)

“Danceable, challenging and sometimes hard-hitting, rhythmic songs.” – BANDS OF TOMORROW (DK)

“‘Mystafa’ is a thrilling all-encompassing adventure that acts as a pure and unadulterated celebration from start to finish. … A staggering accomplishment … Simply a joy to experience.  ”  – BLUE IN GREEN RADIO (UK)

Earlier Quotes:

“Brilliant Album! Very tropical again!” – Gilles Peterson / BBC 6 / Worldwide FM (UK)

“The music is at once traditional and strongly innovative, not to mention revolutionary.”  5/6 STARS – GAFFA MAGAZINE (DK)

“Kalaha transport fans into another world” – Earmilk.com (US)

“A dance hall in outer space” – Jazz Special (DK)

“A wide tapestry of colours that will fill the palette of choice sound selectors. Big on cultural essence & bass rhythms.” – Jay Scarlett / Sound Supreme, PULS Radio (DE)

“Truly a genre bending performance in the best way possible, music from the future, a flashing stage, and an absolutely mental drummer” – Pouledor (DE)

“Kalaha never chose the easy solutions. With humor and understanding the four inventive musicians put their tracks on fire.” – Jazznyt.com (DK)


What kind of music would emerge if you combined a pair of renowned Danish electronic producers with two of the most exciting jazz musicians around?

This was the question in the minds of the Copenhagen Strøm Festival curators. The answer? It arrived in the form of Scandinavian electro pioneers Rumpistol and Spejderrobot—two prominent characters with a reputation well beyond their home countries—along with guitarist Niclas Knudsen and drummer/percussionist Emil de Waal. These four talented strangers, introduced with minimal rehearsal time, were brought together and launched onstage, and KALAHA was born. A daring experiment to say the least.

From the spontaneous and infectious magic of their first show came their critically acclaimed debut album “Hahaha”, the sound taking its inspiration in equal parts from West-African funk, electro rave and jazz improvisation, standing up as best possible blending of musical worlds—highly energetic and expressive, triggering the listener to dance with the head just as much as the heart.

Online Music Magazine Earmilk.com says it best with its statement:

“KALAHA transport fans into another world”

Their four releases to date have proved to be captivating experiences, epitomized by their distinctive sound design as well as the outstanding instrumental contributions of the protagonists. It comes as no surprise that their albums not only gather constant acclaim in among vinyl connoisseurs, but have also brought KALAHA a Danish Music Award in 2017 as well as a place on the playlists of numerous European radio stations.

The renowned DJ and BBC host Gilles Peterson has said the following about the album ”Masala”:

“Very tropical again! You can hear that African lo-fi influence on the whole album”

However many records they put out, though, they were born on stage, and it’s in a live setting that their music rises to another level. In over 100 shows KALAHA have created a state of euphoria among audiences who might never have otherwise thought they could ever dance so hard to music with a jazz influence!

PREVIOUS SHOWS (among many other places):
Boomtown Fair (UK), Psy-Fi Festival (NL), SPOT Festival (DK), Peter-Weiss-Haus, Rostock (DE), Tampere Jazz Festival (SF), Copenhagen Jazz Festival (DK), Jarasum Jazz Festival (KO), OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival (CH), Nordischer Klang Festival, Greifswald (DE), STUK Leuven (BE), Beursschouwburg, Bruxelles (BE), Kukuun, Hamburg (DE), DADA Bar Beijing (CH), Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London (UK), Kristianstad/Åhus Jazzfestival (SE), Det Turkise Telt, Aarhus (DK), Hotel Cecil, Copenhagen (DK), Alice, CPH (DK)

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