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Kyteman's Hip-Hop Orchestra performing live in 2009
Background information
Birth name Colin Benders
Born (1986-12-05) 5 December 1986 (age 30)
Utrecht, Netherlands
Instruments Trumpet

Kyteman, artist name of Colin Benders, (born 5 December 1986 in Utrecht) is a Dutch hip hop artist.


Benders grew up in Sterrenwijk, Utrecht. Primary school was not easy for Colin; various diagnoses, like ADHD, were made.[1] When he was eight, he switched from his old school to the Kathedrale Koorschool Utrecht, where he got the chance to develop his musical talents. For a long time Kyteman was the precentor of the choir. He stopped singing at the age of fifteen.

After primary school Colin went to Secondary school for Young Talents, linked to the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he could specialize in playing the trumpet. The Royal Conservatory directly granted him special permission to go to their school, but after two years he also quit there.


At the age of eighteen, Colin moved to another part of Utrecht. He spent three years writing and recording his debut album The Hermit Sessions. After he completed the album, in 2009, he toured through Europe with his Kyteman's Hiphop Orchestra.

Since then, he has played and toured with Relax (nl),[2] Krezip,[3] Voicst,[4] Wouter Hamel[5] en C-mon & Kypski[6] In October 2010 he played two songs with Sting, Desert Rose and All Would Envy.[7]


Hermit Sessions[edit]

Kyteman's studio on the Utrechtse Vecht.

The Hermit Sessions was released in 2009 and the music was described as a mix of hip-hop and jazz laced with tender melodies and raw beats. The album was a great success in the Netherlands; It has reached the top five of the Dutch Album Charts, sold over 75,000 copies, and has kept a position in the charts for more than two years. With this album, they won all the major music prizes in the Netherlands.[8][9]

The Kyteman Orchestra[edit]

The word Hiphop, which was first in the name Kyteman's HipHop Orchestra, vanished because the album covers more than only hiphop music. The orchestra now consists of eighteen musicians, opera singers and a choir. Kyteman: "This is a collection of sounds, somewhere between opera, hip-hop, drum & bass, electro, minimalism and all kinds of other genres that I can't even begin to describe, for I don't have the words for them. All the instrumentals for this record were done in one take, with practically no edits whatsoever. So we played everything exactly as you hear it on the album."[10]

In the upcoming months The Kyteman Orchestra will be performing at many festivals and stages, such as the North Sea Jazz Festival[11] and A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise. They are planning an international tour in 2013.