I won a competition and got to go to the concert of the Amsterdam Klezmer Band at Paradiso last night! More about that later, first; I promised if I win the competition I will write about them so hereby; Thank you Dichtbij Nederland (Close to The Netherlands) of NPS! Dichtbij Nederland is a daily radiomagazine about the multicultural community in The Netherlands, in which also important news from the  “motherland” comes close to the listener. It’s an informative radioshow with music,  debates and the latest news. Every workingday live from 21 – 24 hr at Radio 5 at the NTR. In The Netherlands to be found at 747 AM, outside NL to be listened online (website below).

Dichtbij Nederland copyright NPS
Dichtbij Nederland copyright NPS


So………. back to the competition; The question was, Which city in The Netherlands is called Mokum? Well Amsterdam ofcourse!  The name Mokum dates from the Jewish history of Amsterdam and the meaning of Mokum  is city or place in Hebrew. It still is a popular petname for Amsterdam and it’s also the name of the cd that the Amsterdam Klezmer Band released yesterday.

The party I went to yesterday was the Dutch release party of the new live CD “MOKUM”  by the Amsterdam Klezmer Band, as well as the kick off of their 15- years- anniversary-tour AND the 1000th concert! I had never seen them live but I love their music and ofcourse they are much better live!  These guys are super energetic, amazing musicians and very funny. The concert was at my favourite club; Amsterdam’s best and most beautiful club – former church Paradiso.

Paradiso, Amsterdam Klezmer Band
Paradiso, Amsterdam Klezmer Band


When they started to play their new single (forgot the name, was it Mokum?) The audience was asked to take out their mobiles, film the performance, and send it to the band today, some people were even allowed on stage to film. I filmed the whole song but for some reason (no, not that one 😉 ) the Iphone filmed everything upside down, so I won’t post it here (at least not untill I…ehm someone.. manage(s) to turn it). I’ll send it to the band as soon as I’ve uploaded it and will ask them if they have someone technical to turn it around. Anyway when they make the official clip for the new single, they’re planning to use the footage of all the clips the audience made yesterday! I’ll keep you updated when it comes out and maybe we can see my shots in the clip 🙂


Amsterdam Klezmer Band -Mokum
Amsterdam Klezmer Band -Mokum



Most of the AKB repertory has been created by the band members themselves, who all without exception contribute musically to an ever-growing melting-pot of infectious Balkan/Gypsy/Klezmer cross-over grooves. In this manner the band endeavours to breathe new life into the Eastern-European Balkan, Klezmer and Gypsy music tradition.


Amsterdam Klezmer Band (19-01-2012@Paradiso)
Amsterdam Klezmer Band (19-01-2012@Paradiso)


The Amsterdam Klezmer Band consists of;
Jasper de Beer: double bass, guitar banjo, backing vocals
Job Chajes: alto saxophone, vocals
Alec Kopyt: vocals, percussions
Gijs Levelt: trumpet
Joop van der Linden: trombone, percussions
Janfie van Strien: clarinet, backing vocals
Theo van Tol: accordion

And last but not least; here’s one of my facourites, a golden oldie, ENJOY!


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