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Jambinai at Rudolstadt-Festival 2016
Jambinai at Rudolstadt-Festival 2016
Background information
Also known as잠비나이
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresExperimental rock, Korean folk, post-rock
Years active2009 (2009)–present
LabelsThe Tell-Tale Heart
Bella Union
WebsiteJambinai Facebook
MembersKim Bo-mi
Lee Il-woo
Sim Eun-yong

Jambinai (Korean잠비나이) are a Korean avant-rock band formed in Seoul in 2009. Their debut album Différance won the award for Best Crossover Album at the 2013 Korean Music Awards. Their second album Hermitage was released in 2016 on Bella Union.

During the 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony in Pyeongchang, Jambinai performed with an orchestra of geomungo players.[1][2]

Musical style[edit]

Jambinai are known for combining rock music instrumentation (drums, bass guitar, electric guitar) with the use of traditional Korean folk music instruments (haegeum, piri, geomungo). Furthermore, they have been compared to bands like Explosions in the Sky, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Mogwai.[3][4][5][6]


Touring musicians


Studio albums
  • Jambinai (ep, 2010) on GMC Records

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 Korean Music Awards Best Crossover Album Différance Won [9]
Best Jazz & Crossover Performance Nominated [10]
2015 Committee Choice Special Award N/A Won [11]
2017 Best Rock Album Hermitage Nominated [12]
2020 ONDA Won [13]
Best Rock Song "ONDA" Won


  1. ^ Kornhaber, Spencer. "A Rock Star Is Born at the Olympics Closing Ceremony". The Atlantic. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  2. ^ Belam, Martin (25 February 2018). "Winter Olympics closing ceremony: 10 highlights from Pyeongchang". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Bryan, Beverly (23 May 2016). "De Koreaanse post-rockband Jambinai maakt hedendaagse muziek met een oude ziel". Vice (in Dutch). Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  4. ^ Jowett, Tom (9 June 2016). "Jambinai channel the wrath and isolation of South Korean youth". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  5. ^ Kivel, Adam (22 June 2016). "Jambinai – A Hermitage". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  6. ^ Oostrum, Robin (22 July 2016). "#4DF16: Jambinai voert Valkhof mee op fraaie Koreaanse postrocktrip". 3voor12 (in Dutch). Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d e "JAMBINAI announce Bella Union debut album 'Hermitage' due 17th June 2016". Bella Union. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  8. ^ Despres, Shawn (20 January 2012). "Jambinai come off a stellar 2011 with a new album". The Jeju Weekly. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  9. ^ "잠비나이, 韓대중음악상 '최우수 크로스오버상'". Star News (in Korean). 28 February 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Nominees: 장르분야". 2013 Korean Music Awards (in Korean). Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  11. ^ "[포토] 잠비나이, '트랜드를 창조하는 유니크한 그룹'". Sports Chosun (in Korean). 26 February 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Nominees: 장르분야". 2017 Korean Music Awards (in Korean). Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  13. ^ Choi, Yonghwan (27 February 2020). "백예린부터 씨잼까지, '2020 한국대중음악상' 수상자 공개". Hypebeast Korea (in Korean). Retrieved 5 March 2020.

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