justice4harambe (justice4harambe) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

ONTD Original: A beginners guide to WOC in Norwegian music part 2

First of all, I just have to say I was so happy so many of you enjoyed my last post, and even happier it ended up inspiring this and this post! Check them out if you haven't, I found a lot of artists I didn't know before and ended up loving!

Now, let's get down to business. Norway has more WOC musicians to offer than the ones listed in the previous post that deserve international fame, which is why I decided to make this follow up post. Join me under the cut to find more Norwegian hidden treasures you didn't know before!


Akuvi was one of the finalists in Norway for Eurovision earlier this year, which is how she got on my radar. While her Eurovision song Som du er wasn't my cup of tea, I am so happy i checked her out, because her 2019 album Unfinished Business is amazing! Check out both her Eurovision song and some other highlights from her album below the spoiler cut!

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Beri Farhadi

Beri Farhadi is in my opinion one of the most exciting new artists Norway recently. With Kurdish-Iranian roots she incorporates eastern melodies beautifully in her songs, which she writes and produces entirely by her self. Her Spotify page describes her music as having "no particular form, but is rather a stream of consciousness", which I think is a perfect description. Listen to her latest single above, as well as her debut single under the spoiler cut!

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18 year old Musti bursted onto the Norwegian music scene earlier this year with her debut album to rave reviews and great success. She starts the closing track of the album rapping "Gro Harlem Brundtland, I am next", referencing the first female Prime Minister in Norway. Clearly not lacking ambition, Musti is one to look out for if you enjoy great norwegian rap. Check out more from the rising star below the spoiler cut!

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Mari Boine

Now before I start this I want to say that I know not all indigenous groups are POC, but I chose to include Mari Boine because Sami People have faced immense discrimination in Norway for centuries.

Mari Boine is considered a national treasure in Norway, bringing Yoik into the mainstream. She was appointed knight of first class by the Norwegian King Harald in 2009, as well as being awarded lifetime government grant for her contributions to Norwegian culture in 2013. Her music speaks for itself, check out some of her most enthralling songs under the spoiler cut!

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Okay Kaya

Some of you may remember seeing Kaya Wilkins in the Joachim Trier movie Thelma, if not please check it out it's amazing! After the movie's release in 2017, Okay Kaya has released two critically aclaimed albums. With her somber minimalistic sound, silky voice and raw lyrics her music basically begs to be your soundtrack to a rainy sunday evening. Check out her incredible cover of Cher's Believe and some other highlights under the spoiler cut, but please check out her full albums on Spotiy!

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Born in India and raised in Norway, Samsaya has been releasing music since 2004. Aside from music she has starred in multiple movies like Villmark and Hawaii Oslo. Her infectious hooks and incorporation of Hindi are rays of light in the Norwegian music scene. That said, her last single was released in 2017, and OP hopes she returnes to music as ASAP as possible. Check out some personal favorites below the spoiler cut!

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ONTD, what was your favorite new discovery?

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