Ajabu! is a Malmö and Berlin based independent cultural organisation for music and film presenting unique collaborations and meetings between artists and musicians from different parts of the world. We have since the start had a clear vision and ambition to challenge and present an alternative to the mainstream and commercialized music scene of today. As well as fighting for more equal opportunities for musicians and artists from the global south. Established in 2005 by producer and filmmaker Pether Lindgren ajabu! is nowdays an award winning and critically acclaimed record label, publisher and music & art related film creation house.
Awards and recognition
ANTONIS ANTONIOU – THROISMA
#1 World Music Chart Europe
WMCE November 2022
#1 Transglobal Chart Top 40
Transglobal November 2022
#1 Balkan Chart
Balkan Chart Fall 2022
Songlines Best New Albums
DAWDA JOBARTEH – DO YOU KNOW A PLACE CALLED FLEKKERÖY?
LA BRIGIDA ORQUESTA – ANTIPODA
Official Womex 2022 Lisbon Showcase
3 albums on the WMCE global chart Top 200 best of 2021
#4 Antonis Antoniou – Kkismettin
#23 Mazaher – Zar
#103 Maher Cissoko – Cissoko Heritage
WMCE Best of 2021
#8 at Transglobal Top 10 Labelchart 2020/21
Top 10 Labels Transglobal Chart 2020/21
#5 at Top 20 Labels of the year Award 2021
Mazaher from Egypt was selected for an official showcase at Womex 2021 in Porto/Portugal. The album Zar released by ajabu! records reached high positions at World Music Chart Europe and at #23 at the yearly Top 200 chart for 2021.
Womex 2021 Selection
The debut solo album Kkismettin with Antonis Antoniou from Cyprus reached a number one position at World Music Chart Europe in June and July 2021 and also #1 at Transglobal Music Chart in July 2021.
The album has also received excellent reviews in magazines worldwide like Mojo, Uncut, Lira, Gaffa, Songlines and The Financial Times.
Kkismettin is also nominated for best World Music album in the frame of the quarterly German Critics’ Award. The largest independent music award in the German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).
The debut album Oulad Lghaba with Asmaa Hamzaoui & Bnat Timbouktou from Casablanca/Morocco was nominated for a Songlines Music Awards 2020 and was also selected as Top of the World album in Songlines magazine in December 2019. The album also reached #1 at Transglobal Chart Top 40 and #9 at World Music Chart Europe Top 20.
The group was also selected for an official Womex Showcase in Tampere Finland in 2019.
Songlines Music Awards 2020
Tiganá Santana Vida Código album entered in April 2020 at #9 and climbed to #6 May 2020 at World Music Chart Europe and was also nominated for “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik” selected by 156 music journalists in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The critically aclaimed double album Tempo & Magma (2015) with Tiganá reached #4 at World Music Chart Europe and was also nominated as album of the year in the prestigious french music magazine Les Inrocks and at the US radio station KEXP.
The album Quoi d Autre by Algerian singer Karima Nayt received an award for album of the year in 2013 at the Swedish Folk & World music Award Gala.
The ajabu! albums Cissoko Heritage by Maher Cissoko (2021), Zar by Mazaher (2020), Kora Fo by Maher Cissoko (2018), Volume by Sonica Sequence, Lisa Nordström & Pether Lindgren, (2018), Stockholm-Dakar by Sousou & Maher Cissoko (2011) have all been nominated as albums of the year at the Swedish Manifest Award Gala.