Posts Tagged ‘music in exile’

Live Preview | Forbidden Songs with Moddi

Posted on November 18th, 2016 in Live, Recent posts by .


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 

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They Will Have to Kill Us First OST: Exclusive Album Stream

Posted on September 14th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .

They Will Have to Kill us First

Listen to an exclusive stream of the original soundtrack for the film They Will Have to Kill Us, which will be released this Friday

Johanna Schwartz’s mesmerising documentary, They Will Have to Kill Us First, follows the plight of musicians caught up in Mali’s socio-political tragedy. The documentary has won plaudits worldwide, and has been credited with catapulting young Malian quartet Songhoy Blues onto the international stage.

Music is at the heart of Malian culture. The soundtrack features unreleased material from some of the country’s icons including Toumani Diabaté, Bombino and Ali Farka Touré, as well as original compositions from Yeah Yeah Yeah’s frontman, Nick Zinner, who produced Songhoy Blues’ acclaimed debut record.

Enjoy the album in full below.

The album is released Friday, September 16 on Transgressive Records. Pre-order your copy.

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