Song of the Nightingale
In Persian, the word Golbang means song of the nightingale. Golbang plays both traditional and modern Iranian folk music. On their latest album Saali nó their music is also influenced by Swedish folklore, providing a unique meeting ground between the Orient and Scandinavia. An important part of Golbang´s music is improvisation played out over a variety of rhythms.
Author: Annika Salomonsson
The band Golbang started playing together around 1992-93 in Sweden. Golbang unites musicians from three continents; Africa, Asia and Europe and have to this date recorded three albums together. They have played at numerous festivals in Sweden and abroad and enjoy a large following in the Arabic peninsula.
GOLBANG is made up of:
Abdul Rahman Surizeh
Abdul is originally from Baluchistan in Iran and is Golbang’s benjoist. He is versatile and plays a variety of instruments. He is one of the greatest benjo players of our time, having toured the whole world with, among others, one of Indias most prominent violinists, Subramaniam. Abdul Rahman has made several recordings here in Scandinavia and throughout the world, including three records for Radio France.
Hassan is originally from Bandarabbas in southern Iran and is Golbang’s drummer. He transforms the traditional rhythms into a form that the western listener can take in. He is an asset for Golbang, and has been the drummer for a number of Iranian singers who have come to Scandinavia from, among other places, the USA.
The darbuka ond dohol player is from Turkey. He is one of the most prominent darbuka players active just now in Scandinavia. Edip has appeared together with most of the oriental groups in Sweden and is also active abroad.
Ramin is originally from Teheran in Iran and is the bass player of Golbang.
He is known all over the world as one of the most popular Iranian bass player in exile. His deep knowledge of the typical music of the Persian Gulf area, is a very important part of Golbang’s repertoire and makes Golbang’s sound so special.
Daniel Carlsson is originally from a small village in the southeastern part of Sweden and playes saxophone in Golbang. Daniel has attented several music schools and has studied everything from classical music to jazz. During his studies at the musical colleges, his love of folk music has grown. He contributes to Golbang not only with his saxophone-playing, but also with his deep knowledge of traditional Swedish folk music, which blends very well with Golbang’s type of music.
Rostam is originally from Baluchistan in Iran and is Golbang’s singer. He has mastered many different singing techniques and scales from all over Iran and his voice blends various rhythms in traditional as well as modern versions. His special voice technique makes Golbang’s sound truly unique.
Saeed is originally from Iran and plays keyboard in Golbang. He is known all over the world as one of the most popular Iranian keyboard players in exile. He is very good at improvisation and has deep knowledge of the different oriental styles of music, such as Hebrew and Arabian music styles. He has also arranged many of Golbang’s songs.
RAKS EL HAWANEM
One of the best Oriental dance-groups in Sweden. They master Persian, Baluchi, Kurdish, Indian (Bollywood) and Egyptian dance. Since two years ago they have cooperated with Golbang on different stages across Sweden and abroad.