Norwegian singer-songwriter Moddi brings his interesting collection of reworked banned tracks to London for a special show in support of the Music in Exile Fellowship
Norway’s Pål Moddi Knutsen (better known as Moddi) released his most recent album, Unsongs, this September with an agenda. Moving past simply creating a batch of ear-pleasing songs, Unsongs consists entirely of Moddi’s interpretations of banned tracks from around the world to create awareness of censorship.
The idea for the album was sparked by his cancellation of a concert in Israel and subsequent discovery of Birgitte Grimstad’s, ‘Eli Geva’, which criticised the violence between Lebanon and Israel in 1982. Due to the song’s strong anti-militarist stance, she received death threats and push backs that forced her to abandon her performance of it in Israel.
Moddi became so inspired by the song and its story that he aimed to expose similar unjust censorings of other artists and their politically charged songs. The artists covered range from the well-known punk group Pussy Riot, who were jailed for speaking out against Vladimir Putin’s government in Russia, to Víctor Jara who was arrested, tortured and murdered by the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile.
After a recent, successful European tour, Moddi is set to perform his reworked collection of Forbidden Songs at London’s Hoxton Hall on December 7. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Index on Censorship, a group dedicated to promoting and protecting free expression throughout the world.
Forbidden Songs at Hoxton Hall
December 7, 7pm
Tickets are available here