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Iceland’s First World Music Festival Coming Up

The Nordic House in Reykjavík will host Iceland’s first world music festival, “The World Music Safari Explosion,” next month, November 13-14, featuring world music acts from all of the Nordic countries.

The Nordic House. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“We want to show the variety of people and the culture in the Nordic countries and celebrate the cultural diversity,” says Thurídur Helga Kristjánsdóttir, project manager from the Nordic House, in a press release.

Participating artists are DJs Nad Jee (NO) and Katrine Suwalski (DK), Trans-Nations (DK), Dida (GRL), Helgi og Hljódfaeraleikararnir (IS), Another World (DK), Shava (FI), Punjabi Band (SE) and Skraa (AAL).

Sextet Another World combines jazz with west-African rhythms, while Norwegian DJ Nad Jee plays bhangra. Trans-Nations consists of Inga Thommesen from Denmark and Basiru Suso from Gambia.

Nordic folk music also makes a strong showing at the festival. Dida sings in Greenlandic and Skraa plays folk from the Aaland Islands. While Helgi og Hljódfaeraleikararnir perform Icelandic folk, Shava brings Bollywood bhangra to the Finnish language.

Offerings from Cuban, Asian and North African kitchens will also be available to accompany the world rhythms.

The goal is for the festival to become an annual event.

Ticket sales opened last week. Check midi.is for availability and visit the Nordic House’s website for further information about the festival.

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