Norwegian artists unite for tsunami victims

The South East Asia tsunami disaster has united Norwegian artists across the genre spectrum. A number of initiatives have been launched in order to support the flood victims with support concerts and releases, donations and fundraisers being just some of the activities that now are in full swing on the domestic music scene. Bilde fra flomområdet, 2005

The Norwegian artist community responds to the needs of the South East Asia tsunami victims. To aid the disaster relief operations now in full swing throughout the region, Norwegian bands, artists, venues, organisations unite to collect funds. Charity concerts, fundraisers and aid support releases are some of the activities that are now being planned and staged across the country involving professionals and amateurs from a wide range of genres, scenes and organisations.

In cooperation with the Norwegian Red Cross Committee, the Association of Recording Artists, IFPI Norway and the Norwegian Independent Record Producers Association have initiated the recording and release of a new single that will feature contributions from some of the Norwegian music scene’s most central players. The final line-up of contributors is as of yet not finalised, but such key players as Lene Marlin, Espen Lind, Sissel Kyrkjebø, Odd Nordstoga, Maria Arredondo and Bertine Zetlitz are expected appear on the single. The single will be written by Lind and Marlin and it will be followed by a double CD album that will feature new tunes by a wide range of contributors performing new compositions. Universal Music Norway is set to distribute and market the release which one hope will generate NOK 10m for the South East Asia tsunami victims. is another aid initiative from the Norwegian music scene. The organisation’s aim is to stage concerts in the country’s major cities in order to collect fund for aid organisations. From 13-15 January a number of concerts will be held in Oslo, Bergen Stavanger and Trondheim including many of the cities’ central venues.

In Stavanger, several of the city’s major artists are gathering to record a single that will generate support for the tsunami victims. Contributors include Janove Ottesen (of Kaizers Orchestra fame), Kjartan Salvesen (Norwegian Idol-winner), Rita Eriksen and Hanne ‘Paris’ Sørvåg and more.

In addition to the concerts, a number of charity concerts have already been staged – generating substantial funds for the relief organisations. Other support concerts are also planned with the first one kicking off next weekend.

Several organisations have also donated funds to the relief campaign. Norway’s most central metal festival, the Inferno, recently donated NOK 10 000 to the tsunami victims.

As of present, 16 Norwegian citizens have been declared dead in South East Asia while 81 are still missing. Among the missing persons is renowned saxophone player Sigurd Køhn along with his son Simen. Køhn is perhaps best known for his work with The Real Thing in addition to a very successful solo career. His latest album ‘This Place’ was originally scheduled for release on 17 January – friends and colleagues will hold a memorial concert on this day at Oslo’s Cosmopolite.

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