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Daniel Kahn

Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird are a Klezmer-punk band based in Germany. Founded by Daniel Kahn, an award-winning playwright, composer, poet, and actor from Detroit, MI, they've been performing since 2005.

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  • Cunning Linguist: the band sings in English, Yiddish, Russian, and German.
  • Protest Song: a number of their songs — such as "The Butcher's Share", "Freedom is a Verb", "March of the Jobless Corps", "Arbeter Froyen", and "Vampirn" — qualify.
  • Revenge Ballad: "Six Million Germans/Nakam" (that's Hebrew for "revenge"), a song about a plan to get revenge for the Holocaust, starts out as this but becomes something of subversion.
  • World Music: Being a Klezmer band, they're often classified as this.
  • Yiddish as a Second Language: the vast majority of their songs have at least some Yiddish.
  • Artist and the Band: The band is named for its frontman.