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Timbuktu on pre-Nobel Peace Prize Concert controversy: ‘It’s just a song’. OSLO: A press conference with tonight’s hosts and artists took place at Plaza Hotel in Oslo, today with a musician from Sweden already stealing part of the show in advance. Swedish rapper and reggae artist Timbuktu's song ‘Svarta duvor och vissna liljor’ (‘Black doves and wilted lilies’) is a song aimed against the country’s Swedish Democrat Party. Party leader Jimmie Åkesson alleges the song can be interpreted as threatening. At the press conference, Timbuktu said that the Nobel Concert probably is not the right place to talk about that.

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Timbuktu on pre-Nobel Peace Prize Concert controversy: ‘It’s just a song’

Published on Wednesday, 11th December, 2013 at 19:14 under the news category, by Merethe Ruud.
Last Updated on 16th December 2013 at 21:16.

OSLO: A press conference with tonight’s hosts and artists took place at Plaza Hotel in Oslo, today with a musician from Sweden already stealing part of the show in advance.

Swedish artist Timbuktu
The rapper and reggae artist is no stranger to upsetting people himself, either.Swedish artist Timbuktu
Photo: Soundcheck/Wikimedia Commons


Swedish rapper and reggae artist Timbuktu's song ‘Svarta duvor och vissna liljor’ (‘Black doves and wilted lilies’) is a song aimed against the country’s Swedish Democrat Party. Party leader Jimmie Åkesson alleges the song can be interpreted as threatening.

At the press conference, Timbuktu said that the Nobel Concert probably is not the right place to talk about that.

“I take full freedom in my art,” he stated. His next comment was aimed at Jimmie Åkesson. “I ask that he doesn't take everything that literally. It's just a song,” the Swedish artist said.

When later asked whether what Nobel Peace Prize Concert artists say before the event is important, Timbuktu answered, “It's up to the Nobel organization to choose which artists they choose to perform.”

“I'm sure they choose artists who can contribute,” remarked Timbuktu to a question about Morrissey.

54-year-old British artist Morrissey upset the residents of Norway just days after Anders Behring Breivik’s 22 July 2011 massacres.

“We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown…Though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald's and Kentucky Fried shit every day,” he reportedly said whilst on his summer tour in Polish capital Warsaw.

He allegedly made his remark just before performing his single ‘Meat is Murder’ not days after. Mass murderer Breivik killed 77 people in his twin attacks in Oslo and on the island of Utøya.

The Smiths star Morrissey also upset Norwegians recently once again, refusing to attend a press conference to explain his statement.

“Of course Morrissey should play,” British singer-songwriter James Blunt, also performing at tonight’s 20th Nobel Peace Prize Concert, said following Timbuktu’s comment.

Blunt added that the concert comes not long after the death of Nelson Mandela, and that everyone needs peace, not forcing our will on other people.

“We're all the same!" Blunt concluded.

Present at today’s press conference were Norwegian Nobel Institute director Geir Lundestad, Nicolay Sereba and Vincent Dery (Envy) Timbuktu, and Claire Danes. Aaron Eckhart, Mary J. Blige, Zara Larsson, James Blunt, and Omar Souleyman (with translator) were also there.

Jake Bugg could not attend due to heavy fog causing delays and cancellations at Oslo Gardermoen Airport. However, he will be able to both rehearse prior to and perform at the concert.

Tonight’s Nobel Peace Prize Concert takes place at Oslo Spektrum from 7.45 to 9.15 pm. It will be broadcast to countries worldwide.




Published on Wednesday, 11th December, 2013 at 19:14 under the news category, by Merethe Ruud.
Last updated on 16th December 2013 at 21:16.

This post has the following tags: nobelpeaceprize2013, oslo, opcw, norway.





  
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