- Total duration
- Catalogue number
- Traditional Music / Religious / Spiritual
- 2016 Kirkelig Kulturverksted
- Kirkelig Kulturverksted
Ida Maria delves into the cradle of rock: American spiritual After some turbulent years Ida Maria has finally returned home to Norway. She has toured the world, sharing the stage with some of the greatest artists in popular music. The first year after her return has been quite eventful: Ida Maria became a politician (on the municipal council in Nesna for the Green Party), has been a guest on several TV shows, including Skavlan [a popular talk show on Norwegian and Swedish TV] this winter, and gave birth to her first child in February! Ida Maria retrieved forgotten treasures from a very special segment of the American heritage. Delving into the literature, she found recordings on old 78 records of songs which express the naked and distilled faith and life experiences of Black Americans from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The treasure hunt led to this album with the appropriate title "Scandalize My Name", where Ida Maria sings American spirituals, unorthodoxly accompanied by Erland Dahlen's saw and percussion, Geir Sundstøl's various string instruments and Kjetil Bjerkestrand's home organ and miscellaneous keyboards. These are songs about the value of human life, freedom and hope. They shine against a backdrop of humiliation and poverty. Their origin is found in slavery and exploitation, which were significant contributors to America's affluence and world hegemony. Some built their power and affluence on the suppression of the people who first sang these songs, and on the labour of their parents and grandparents. The honesty, defiance and love the songs radiate have made them cornerstones in the history of Western popular music.Today the same songs reach out to us with new relevance against a different backdrop: People across the globe are standing up against the systematic global injustice which has helped create the welfare and wealth of Europe and North America.
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