Oslo World's opening concert honors singer Rim Banna (1966-2018)
Banna was known for her interpretations of Palestinian music and poetry - she collected traditional texts and made them into songs. It was her way of giving an unfree people back their common experiences and hope. This has made her into a folk hero - the Palestinian National Authority even issued her a diplomatic passport so that she could play anywhere in the Arab world. Rim Banna played in front of full houses in Kairo, Tunis and Beirut, as well as the West-Bank yet she was never allowed into Gaza - just via a video-transmission of her concerts. She died earlier this year after a long illness.
Rim Banna has a special connection with Norway. In 2002 she participated in the recording of Lullabies from the Axis of Evil, the controversial and much-discussed album by Erik Hillestad and the label Kirkelig Kulturverksted, released during the beginning of the war in Iraq. On the album, she performed "This Never Ending Night" together with Kari Bremnes. The cooperation with Hillestad continued and they were joined by Bugge Wesseltoft to release Revelation of Ecstasy and Rebellion in 2013. Wesseltoft contributed on Banna's last album Voice of Resistance, where she composed 14 out of 15 songs. Together with Checkpoint 303, both Wesseltoft and Bremnes will take part in the concert that will open Oslo World this year.
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Rim Banna - A tribute
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