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Paint it bold – Ahoy Side A by Svavar Knútur


Words by Stína Satanía What defines the Icelandic music scene, in my opinion, is community. With his wonderful recent album – 2018’s Ahoy Side A – gifted local legend Svavar Knútur has proven that the greatest strength of a project lies in the musical friendship that grows around it. Although he is known for his acoustic and intimate song-writing, built around ukulele and guitar, and his soft voice, Svavar Knútur has explored a more band-oriented soundscape this time. Several years ago, he was performing at Aldrei Fór Ég Suður festival in West Fjords, and I was watching the broadcast from 4,000 km away. He needed only his warm, resounding vocals and a ukulele. So, I dare say that Iceland has no better entertainer and storyteller than Mr Knútur. He has been an important voice on the local scene, which has built up from his skyrocketing band, Hraun, in the 2000s,…

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The Icelandic Corner of Melodica Festival

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Words by Stína Satanía Photo by Sigurjón Már The international Melodica Festival is a unique musical feast that gathers together emerging singer-songwriters from different parts of the world to expand the community and support the artistic network. Pete Uhlenbruch developed the concept of the festival in Melbourne, Australia, at the end of 2007, and it quickly spread overseas. Now, Melodica takes place in different cities around the world, such as Hamburg, Aarhus, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, New York and, of course, Reykjavík. This year, the festival celebrated its tenth Icelandic anniversary at Kex Hostel with three full days of music. (more…)

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The Variety of Reykjavík Folk Festival

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Words by Stína Satanía The Reykjavík Folk Festival is an annual held in the capital of Iceland since 2010. This year‘s edition set up shop in the cozy warmth of Kex Hostel, and promised to be very intriguing from the start. From the 2nd to the 4th of March 2017 I decided to take a deep dive into the world of Icelandic folk music. (more…)

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