We at Oslo World Music Festival have absolutely no desire to be a festival reserved for the more mature among us, with our annoying mortgage payments and well-worn, dog-eared driving licences. We have therefore once again joined forces with X-Ray House of Youth Culture to hold music and dance workshops for young people from all over Oslo. The final goal of all this rehearsing is the penultimate festival day, Saturday 2 November, when all these talented teens will stage two performances for a varied audience.
With the aid of masters such as dance-hall prince Nico D (whose “Ruff Times” made it to the top of the Jamaican charts), soul prodigy Nosizwe and the country’s decidedly rudest battle-rapper, Nils med Skills, as well as numerous choreographers, these seventy young people will pool their talents to stage their own show from start to finish – with a firm focus on hip-hop, soul and R&B.
While the first performance is mainly intended for families and smaller children, the really huge show, in which the budding dancers and musicians share the stage in front of their peers, will bring the evening to a grand finale. We look forward to it, and we hope you do too!
Text: Kim von Klev