Since 1993, Oslo World Music Festival has presented artists from all corners of the world, and brought several famous names to Oslo for the first time. This year is no exception. The Oslo World Music Festival enters its 21st year this fall, and it has been an independent foundation since 2011, after 18 years of being part of Concerts Norway. This year's festival takes place from October 28 to November 2.
During the next six days more than 300 artists from all over the world will perform at more than 15 different venues in Oslo, showcasing all genres ranging from flamenco, soul and fado to electronica and hip hop.
The festival has always had a particular focus on artists from Asia, Africa and Latin American. The foundation also tends to invite artists who have a passionate cause and social dedication.
According to Aftenposten, some of the highlights this year include Nordic Namgar, a cooperation between Sami and Russian musicians; Dead Combo, a Portuguese duo that plays instrumental music inspired by jazz and flamenco; and Daniel Melingo, an Argentine musician and tango singer. His interpretation of the tango's soul has been compared to both Tom Waits and Nick Cave.
This year the festival will also feature other art forms that help strengthen the festival profile, including exhibitons, seminars, workshops and interdisciplinary artistic expression.
(Aftenposten/Oslo World Music Festival)