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The KutiMangoes bio

Formed in 2012 by Gustav Rasmussen and Michael Blicher, The KutiMangoes respectfully took West African music and fused it with their own western musical backgrounds to create a new sound. From the beginning the band’s goal was not trying to play or sound like African musicians (how could they?) but all about mixing cultures to create a new, global expression.

Their debut “Afro-Fire” (2014) was nominated for 5 Danish Grammy Awards, winning “Best World Music Album” and “Best World Music Track”. Following the release the band toured extensively in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

In November ’16 “Made in Africa” was released, recorded partly in Burkina Faso and Mali. It presents compositions based on traditional folk songs as well as completely original material and has received critical acclaim and features on radio stations worldwide (RFI, BBC, WDR, WNYU). Documentary filmmaker Anders S. Jepsen joined The Kutimangoes on their trip and will premiere his film about the African exchanges “Bamako Play” in April ’17.

“Our mission is not to be musical anthropologists, but to create music together, to share music and unite people through music” – says Gustav Rasmussen and continues “This is one of the reasons we fell in love with African music long, long ago – for its ability to unite the body, the heart and the ear, and for its tradition that unites everyone that takes part.” Michael Blicher adds: “When we are touring we make a point of reaching out to people that do not usually experience live music. So when we have a morning off we play a concert at for instance a building site or a duck farm – it’s our way of sharing the music.”

The KutiMangoes have previously performed at Reeperbahn Festival (DE), Jarasum Int. Jazz Festival (S. Korea), Copenhagen Jazz Festival (DK), Jazz à Ouaga (BF), OCT-Loft Festival (C), Reykjavik Jazz Festival (I), Jazzy Koun Ben (Mali), Funkhaus Europa Silvesterparty (DE) and others.

Michael Blicher // saxophones and flute
Gustav Rasmussen // trombones and guitar
Aske Drasbæk // saxophones
Johannes Buhl Andresen // fender rhodes and moog bass
Casper Mikkelsen/Eddi Jarl // drums
Magnus Lindgaard Jochumsen // percussion

“Great album! Very authentic and such great playing!” – BBC (UK)
“How unlikely that one of the hottest afro-jazz bands on the planet comes from Denmark. Authenticity is more a question of attitude than origin.” – Kieler Nachrichten (DE)
“The KutiMangoes killed the audience!!!” – Victor Kye, dir. Jarasum Jazz Festival (S. Korea)
“a rarely successful unification of African and European music. Fantastic!” – Abdoulaye Diallo (BF)
“Even better than the phenomenal debut” – GAFFA (DK)
“World-class afro-jazz” – Globalagogo (US)
“Mega-authentic and way ahead of everyone else” – sound-and-image (DE)

Upcoming Shows

06 Apr 2017 Skive, DEN "Made in Africa" release tour - Skive Theater/Skive Jazzklub "Made in Africa" release tour - Skive Theater/Skive Jazzklub
07 Apr 2017 Vordingborg, DEN "Made in Africa" release tour - Stars "Made in Africa" release tour - Stars
19 Apr 2017 Slagelse, DEN "Made in Africa" release tour - Slagelse Musikhus "Made in Africa" release tour - Slagelse Musikhus
22 Apr 2017 Copenhagen, DEN "Made in Africa" release tour - Global "Made in Africa" release tour - Global
26 Apr 2017 Copenhagen, DEN Musikfilm Festival, DFI - "Bamako Play" screening (+ mini concert) Musikfilm Festival, DFI - "Bamako Play" screening (+ mini concert) Buy ticket
06 May 2017 Århus, DEN SPOT Festival / Roots & Hybrid Festival SPOT Festival / Roots & Hybrid Festival
18 May 2017 Kolding, DEN "Made in Africa" release tour - Godset/Jazz6000 "Made in Africa" release tour - Godset/Jazz6000
19 May 2017 Odense, DEN "Made in Africa" release tour - Dexter "Made in Africa" release tour - Dexter
20 May 2017 Birkerød, DEN "Made in Africa" release tour - Mantziusgården "Made in Africa" release tour - Mantziusgården
10 Jun 2017 Münster, GER Münster Afrika Festival Münster Afrika Festival
26 Jun 2017 Roskilde Festival, DEN Roskilde Festival Roskilde Festival

Past Shows

04 Mar 2017 Bremerhafen, GER "Made in Africa" release tour - Pferdestall "Made in Africa" release tour - Pferdestall
03 Mar 2017 Bordesholm, GER "Made in Africa" release tour - Savoy "Made in Africa" release tour - Savoy
02 Mar 2017 Köln, GER Made in Africa release tour - Art Olive Die Kulturoase Made in Africa release tour - Art Olive Die Kulturoase
01 Mar 2017 Berlin, GER "Made in Africa" release tour - B-Flat - EXTRA SHOW!!! "Made in Africa" release tour - B-Flat - EXTRA SHOW!!!
28 Feb 2017 Berlin, GER "Made in Africa" release tour - B-Flat "Made in Africa" release tour - B-Flat
27 Feb 2017 Bremen, GER "Made in Africa" release tour - Schwankhalle "Made in Africa" release tour - Schwankhalle
26 Feb 2017 Århus, DEN Jazz for kids - Atlas Jazz for kids - Atlas
24 Feb 2017 Hillerød, DEN "Made in Africa" release tour - Klaverfabrikken "Made in Africa" release tour - Klaverfabrikken
24 Feb 2017 Køge, DEN Jazz for kids - Tapperiet Jazz for kids - Tapperiet
19 Feb 2017 Copenhagen, DEN Jazz for kids - DR Koncerthuset Studie 2 Jazz for kids - DR Koncerthuset Studie 2
31 Dec 2016 Köln, GER WDR Funkhaus Europa New Year's Party - Gloria Theater WDR Funkhaus Europa New Year's Party - Gloria Theater
27 Nov 2016 Flensburg, GER "Made in Africa" release tour - Orpheus Theater "Made in Africa" release tour - Orpheus Theater
26 Nov 2016 Kiel, GER "Made in Africa" release tour - Räucherei "Made in Africa" release tour - Räucherei
25 Nov 2016 Hamburg, GER "Made in Africa" release tour - MS Stubnitz "Made in Africa" release tour - MS Stubnitz
24 Nov 2016 Hamburg, GER Kukuun / Häkken Kukuun / Häkken
23 Nov 2016 Lübeck, GER "Made in Africa" release tour - CVJM "Made in Africa" release tour - CVJM
06 Nov 2016 Copenhagen, DEN Absalonskirken - "Made in Africa" release event Absalonskirken - "Made in Africa" release event
15 Oct 2016 Copenhagen, DEN Børneteatret, Christiania - Girlfriend Wants You Party Børneteatret, Christiania - Girlfriend Wants You Party
14 Oct 2016 Copenhagen, DEN Global Global
17 Sep 2016 Copenhagen, DK La Fontaine La Fontaine
16 Sep 2016 Århus, DK Jazzværket Jazzværket
10 Sep 2016 Fanø, DK Godtfolk Festival Godtfolk Festival
09 Jul 2016 Rødovre, DK Viften Viften
08 Jul 2016 Copenhagen N, DK Balders Plads - Copenhagen Jazz Festival Balders Plads - Copenhagen Jazz Festival
07 Jul 2016 Copenhagen, DK Jazz for kids - Lindevangsparken - Copenhagen Jazz Festival Jazz for kids - Lindevangsparken - Copenhagen Jazz Festival
02 Jul 2016 Copenhagen, DK La Fontaine - Copenhagen Jazz Festival La Fontaine - Copenhagen Jazz Festival
26 Jun 2016 Askeby, Møn, DK Scene 1 - Hårbøllehuset Scene 1 - Hårbøllehuset
18 Jun 2016 Roskilde, DK Roskilde Jazz Days - havnen Roskilde Jazz Days - havnen
16 May 2016 Copenhagen, DK Tivoli, Copenhagen Tivoli, Copenhagen
06 May 2016 Bamako, MAL Espace Culturel Passerelle - Jazzy Koum Ben Festival Espace Culturel Passerelle - Jazzy Koum Ben Festival
04 May 2016 Ouagadougou, BUR P'tit Bazar P'tit Bazar
03 May 2016 Ouagadougou, BUR Place de la Révolution - Jazz à Ouaga Place de la Révolution - Jazz à Ouaga
02 May 2016 Ouagadougou, BUR Paradis de Meilleurs Vins - Jazz à Ouaga Paradis de Meilleurs Vins - Jazz à Ouaga
29 Apr 2016 Aarhus, DEN SPOT Festival - SCC SPOT Festival - SCC
23 Apr 2016 Bremen, GER JazzAhead Messe, Hotel Mariott Courtyard JazzAhead Messe, Hotel Mariott Courtyard
16 Apr 2016 Copenhagen, DK La Fontaine La Fontaine
17 Oct 2015 Wuzhen, CHN Whuzhen Theatre Festival Whuzhen Theatre Festival
15 Oct 2015 Shenzhen, CHN Lavo Lavo
14 Oct 2015 Shenzhen, CHN OCT Loft Jazz Festival OCT Loft Jazz Festival
13 Oct 2015 Beijing, CHN Nine Gates Jazz Festival - DDC Nine Gates Jazz Festival - DDC
11 Oct 2015 Beijing, CHN Fella's - Shunyi Fella's - Shunyi
10 Oct 2015 Seoul , KOR Chunggyecheon World Music Festival Chunggyecheon World Music Festival
09 Oct 2015 Seoul , KOR Jarasum Jazz Festival Jarasum Jazz Festival
07 Oct 2015 Seoul, KOR Bukchon Changwoo Theater Bukchon Changwoo Theater
26 Sep 2015 Hamburg, GER Reeperbahn Festival - Nochtspeicher Reeperbahn Festival - Nochtspeicher
05 Sep 2015 Aarhus, DK Aarhus festuge - det turkise telt Aarhus festuge - det turkise telt
05 Sep 2015 Faxe Ladeplads, DK UpArt Festival - Lunden UpArt Festival - Lunden
15 Aug 2015 Reykjavik Reykjavik Jazz Festival - Harpa Concert Hall Reykjavik Jazz Festival - Harpa Concert Hall
25 Jul 2015 Ribe, DK Ribe Jazzfestival - Domkirkepladsen Ribe Jazzfestival - Domkirkepladsen
04 Jul 2015 Copenhagen, DEN Copenhagen Jazz Festival - Karens Minde Kulturhus Copenhagen Jazz Festival - Karens Minde Kulturhus
27 Mar 2015 Copenhagen, DK Global Global
10 Feb 2015 Haïfa, ISR Krieger Centre Krieger Centre
30 Jan 2015 Flensburg, GER Flensborghus Flensborghus
29 Jan 2015 Lübeck, GER CVJM Lübeck CVJM Lübeck
28 Jan 2015 Kiel, GER KulturForum Kiel KulturForum Kiel
17 Jan 2015 Køge, DEN Tapperiet Tapperiet
26 Nov 2014 Copenhagen, DEN Københavns Hovedbibliotek Københavns Hovedbibliotek
23 Nov 2014 Copenhagen , DEN Danish World Music Grammy Award Show - Jazzhouse Danish World Music Grammy Award Show - Jazzhouse
22 Nov 2014 Copenhagen, DEN La Fontaine La Fontaine
31 Oct 2014 Copenhagen, DEN Krudttønden Krudttønden
25 Oct 2014 Værløse, DEN Galaksen Galaksen
25 Oct 2014 Amager, DEN Kvarterhuset Kvarterhuset
22 Oct 2014 Kolding, DEN Godset Godset
20 Oct 2014 Maribo, DEN Kulturværket Kulturværket
07 Sep 2014 Groningen, NL De Oosterpoort De Oosterpoort
06 Sep 2014 Leiden, NL De Twee Spieghels De Twee Spieghels
05 Sep 2014 Brussels, BEL Flagey Flagey
04 Sep 2014 Utrecht, NL TivoliVredenburg TivoliVredenburg
10 Jul 2014 Copenhagen, DEN Haveselskabets Have - Cph Jazzfestival Haveselskabets Have - Cph Jazzfestival
03 May 2014 Ouagadougou, BUR Place de la Nation Place de la Nation
02 May 2014 Ouagadougou, BUR Institut Francais Institut Francais
01 May 2014 Ouagadougou, BUR Danish Embassy Danish Embassy
29 Apr 2014 Ouagadougou, BUR Gymnasium Gymnasium
26 Apr 2014 Bremen, GER CD release Germany - Swissôtel / JazzAhead CD release Germany - Swissôtel / JazzAhead
18 Apr 2014 Copenhagen, DEN CD release Denmark - Global CPH CD release Denmark - Global CPH

For booking or any other information

booking@kutimangoes.com

info@kutimangoes.com

Michael Blicher / Gustav Rasmussen

+45 20846564 / +45 61661086

For management & booking in Germany, Austria & Schwitzerland please contact:

Jens Christiani

Medialust UG
Dudweiler Str. 34
24114 Kiel

j.christiani@medialust.com