Deep North Episode 11: One Night in Gufunes

iceland hip hip birnir

It is honesty, full-throated and vulnerable, which elevates Birnir’s music above that of other contemporary rappers in Iceland. That and some excellent production. Bushido, Birnir’s latest work, is a culmination of certain developments in contemporary hip-hop in Iceland; one is inclined to agree. To put one’s finger on the appeal of the album requires, perhaps, some basic theorising on the phenomenon of music – and the power it exercises over a person’s emotions.

In episode 11 of Deep North, we talk about hip-hop, family, and what makes Birnir tick. Read the full story here.

 

One Night in Gufunes

Geoffrey SkywalkerGeoffrey “Skywalker” pulls up in a Hertz moving truck in front of the FÚSK warehouse in East Reykjavík. He’s dressed in skinny jeans and white sneakers, wearing a black, longsleeved shirt featuring an ornery-seeming Rottweiler. (He’s a dog person.)A fixture of the hip-hop scene in Iceland since he was younger, Geoffrey hustled his way […]

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Accolades Evenly Distributed at the Icelandic Music Awards

Icelandic Music Awards

The Icelandic Music Awards were held in Reykjavík yesterday. In what was an evening defined by a relatively even distribution of statues, singers Bríet and Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir, the bands Mono Town and FLOTT, and rapper Birnir took home two awards last night.

Pianist Anna Guðný Guðmundsdóttir honoured

Yesterday, the annual Icelandic Music Awards were held at the Harpa Music and Conference Hall in downtown Reykjavík. The event was emceed by singer Valgerður Guðnadóttir and actor Guðmundur Felixson. The bands BSÍ and FLOTT performed on stage, and so did pianist Magnús Jóhann, rapper Birnir, and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

Awards were presented by Minister of Culture and Business Affairs Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, with President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson giving away the statue for “brightest hope.” No one artist took home more than two awards: Birnir, FLOTT, Bríet, Mono Town, and Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir took home a pair of statues each.

Pianist Anna Guðný Guðmundsdóttir received this year’s Honourary Award for her contribution to Icelandic music. “I’ve been surrounded by music since I remember, and that has been my fortune. I believe that whoever lives in music need never be lonely, out of work, or without friends,” Anna Guðný stated in her acceptance speech.

Full list of winners

2022 Icelandic Music Awards Winners
Pop, Rock, Rap, Hip Hop, and Electronic Music

POP – BEST ALBUM
Mobile Home – GusGus

ROCK – BEST ALBUM
Mono Town Time Vol. 1 – Mono Town

RAP & HIP HOP – BEST ALBUM
Bushido – Birnir

ELECTRONIC MUSIC – BEST ALBUM
radio vatican – sideproject

POP – BEST SONG
Mér er drull – FLOTT

ROCK – BEST SONG
Vesturbæjar Beach – BSÍ

RAP & HIP HOP – BEST SONG
Vogur – Birnir

ELECTRONIC MUSIC – BEST SONG
Halda áfram – russian.girls

BEST MUSICAL EVENT
Kveðja, Bríet (release concert at Harpa) – Bríet

BEST LYRICIST
Teitur Magnússon

BEST SONGWRITER
Mono Town

BEST SINGER
John Grant

BEST PERFORMER
Bríet

BRIGHTEST HOPE (emerging artist awarded in collaboration with Rás 2)
FLOTT

 

CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

BEST ALBUM
Ethereality – Berglind María Tómasdóttir

BEST COMPOSITION
CATAMORPHOSIS – Anna Þorvaldsdóttir

BEST FESTIVAL
Björk Orkestral, Live from Reykjavík

BEST CONCERT
KOK Opera – Þórunn Gréta Sigurðardóttir

BEST SINGER
Herdís Anna Jónasdóttir

BEST SOLO PERFORMER
Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson

BEST GROUP PERFORMER
Mótettukórin (Choir)

EMERGING CLASSICAL ARTIST
Rannveig Marta Sarc

 

JAZZ AND BLUES

BEST ALBUM
Nightjar in the Northern Sky – Anna Gréta

BEST ORIGINAL COMPOSITION
Hlýnun – Tumi Árnason

BEST SONGWRITER
Anna Gréta

BEST SOLO PERFORMER
Magnús Trygvasen Eliassen

BEST GROUP PERFORMER
Sigmars Þór Matthíasson Band

BEST MUSICAL EVENT
Concert Series at Skuggabaldur

BRIGHTEST HOPE (emerging artist award)
Hróðmar Sigurðsson

OTHER MUSIC: OPEN CATEGORY, FOLK AND WORLD MUSIC, MUSIC FOR FILM AND THEATRE

BEST ALBUM – MUSIC FOR FILM AND THEATRE
Y: The Last Man – Herdís Stefánsdóttir

BEST ALBUM – FOLK AND WORLD MUSIC
Brek – Brek

BEST ALBUM – OPEN CATEGORY
Mother Melancholia – sóley

BEST SONG/COMPOSITION – OPEN CATEGORY
Vertu úlfur, title song – Emilíana Torrini, Markéta Irglová

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Ég er bara að ljúga er það ekki? –Annalísa Director: Annalísa Hermannsdóttir

BEST ALBUM ARTWORK
Án tillits – Magnús Jóhann & Skúli Sverrisson
Design: Halldór Eldjárn

BEST PRODUCTION
Ox – Gyða Valtýsdóttir.
Production: Gyða Valtýsdóttir and Úlfur Hansson