SAT—January 13—3 PM, free



On January 13, join us for an afternoon of new Swedish folk music! The program will include two acts — Fränder and Tarabband— whose music pushes the boundaries of the folk genre, incorporating modern twists and elements of world music.

Support for this event has been generously provided by the Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet), Musikcentrum Syd, Export Music Sweden and Letterstdtska Föreningen.


Fränder have established themselves as a unique voice on the Nordic folk scene. They play modern, acoustic folk music with a heavier and bigger sound than is typical for the genre, delivering heavy grooves and seductive harmonies with energy and a warm presence. Fränder’s latest album release, Fränder II, has been hailed as “an absolutely magnificent masterpiece” (

Tarabband is an award-winning music group founded in 2008 by Iraqi-Egyptian vocalist Nadin Al Khalidi in Malmö, Sweden. Nadin Al Khalidi fled Iraq in 2001, arriving in Sweden as a refugee. Her lyrics merge political and social themes, considering issues surrounding identity, survival and love. A unique live band with influences from North Africa, the Middle East and Europe — parts of the world where its music has seen enormous success — Tarabband is excited to celebrate their 15th anniversary this year.