What they say…
“at their best, [they] can be red hot!”
Formerly known as The Kutimangoes, Danish instrumental six-piece Sunbörn bring together sunny grooves and wild, jazzy horns to create lush afro-tinged landscapes.
The band was founded in 2012 under the name The Kutimangoes by Gustav Rasmussen and Michael Blicher, who drew inspiration from West African music and mixed it with their background in jazz and rock music to create a new sound. Their debut album Afro-Fire was released in 2014 on Tramp Records and was nominated for five Danish Music Awards – Denmark’s most prestigious music award – winning “Best World Music Album” and “Best World Music Track”.
Two years later, in 2016, Made in Africa was released, again on Tramp. It was recorded with West African guest musicians in Burkina Faso and Mali and the album was nominated again for Danish Music Awards and played on radio stations all over the world (RFI / BBC / WDR / WNYU).
The band’s third release Afrotropism came out on Tramp in 2019 and was recorded and produced by the band itself in Denmark. It is a melting pot where they condensed all their musical influences, creating their very own distinctive concept of global music. Danish daily newspaper Politiken called the album “world class” and elected it as one of that year’s best releases. The year after the band won their third Danish Music Award as “Roots Artist 2020”.
Besides their releases the band has toured extensively in Europe, Asia and Africa and played big festivals such as Roskilde Festival & Reeperbahn Festival (in Germany), or Jazz sous les Pommiers (France). Throughout the years they have built a reputation for warm, life-affirming live shows that leave the audience uplifted, dancing and shouting for more.
After spending corona lockdown composing new music they now reach farther into the world and collaborated with international artists such as Clap! Clap! (Italy), DJ Opolopo (Sweden), DJ Francis Mercier (Haiti) and Moderator (Greece) for their 4. album to be released in the beginning of 2023. Sunbörn’s journey has only just begun.