Finally I get back to Kristiansand, after two weeks of missing in action. If only my bed could talk, then it would say, “Welcome back, you were dearly missed”. It has been two weeks of attending World Music Festivals, my head rings music and more music. I see and hear people playing various instruments drums, guitars,flutes, Irimba, and many more. Then, I get back to the office this morning and now I have deadlines after deadlines!
Oslo World Music Festival (OWMF) officially closed yesterday (Sunday) after 5 days of concerts that brought together people from different music fields with one common and major goal, to make people appreciate different cultures through music. Attending the festival were musicians from Africa, Asia, Latin America and of course Europe.
More than 15 different nations were represented in this years festival with DREAMS being the theme. Dreams? I thought to myself as I read the program sheet. What a theme? So why did the organizers decide on dreams?
“In our work with this year´s programme, we have gained inspiration from the festival´s theme: Dreams. All of us have both large and small dreams-as individuals, as fellow human beings, as artists, as nations. We carry our dreams with us through all phases of our lives,” said Alexandra Archetti Stolen, the OWMF Director.
On Dreams & Aspirations
It was probably the best theme to challenge many people to dream and make their dreams a reality. Remember, if you can dream it, then you can have it. One writer, (which I seem to have forgotten) said, “It is one thing to have dreams and one thing to wake up and follow those dreams.” Many of us are stuck at the point of fear of going out and reaching our dreams. We are often guilty of stopping immediately after dreaming, one reason being, the fear of the unknown. We see a dead-end because we obey negative feelings within us that kill most of our dreams and aspirations which end up at the cemetery. “ The cemetery is definitely one of the richest place on earth, there lies many dreams unaccomplished.”
From Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) P2, we did present Jungelscenen which had three audiences, the Radio audience, TV audience from the online streaming at nrk.no and the audience at Blå where we had live concerts from Diom De Kossa, Hanne Tveter and Nico D. All these had electrifying concerts once they were on stage.
Together with my colleagues, we had a chance to see the whole production from the sound check to the actual performance. Artists and their band members running up and down, with lots of pressure to see that everything goes on as planned!
“Oh, we have a problem, we still cannot get the right output we expect at the mixer. We hope it works out well within the next hour,” said a frustrated band member during sound check. Pressure, pressure, pressure! So it happens everywhere! It reminds me of the TV or Radio pressure a few minutes before news bulletin. It happens all the time.
Then, finally everything works well and musicians have to showcase their best. If only all the audiences attended these sound checks and rehearsals, then they would appreciate the artists differently, they will cheer and clap just to encourage and give them the support they need while they are on stage. I felt like the preparation always drained them bigtime.
The OWMF was not only about music performances, on Saturday afternoon, a special conference dubbed “DREAM TALK” was held at the Nobel Peace Center which saw different people coming together for conversations about Faith, Hope and Dreams, and using Art to make a difference.
Here, I meet people who had something to say through their music or words, relief work or journalism, photography or video art. The common thing about all of them is that they are deeply committed to their work and have managed to create something for themselves and others. In short, they have made a difference.
I got another chance to participate in the live transmission of Jungeltelegrafen, NRK´s weekly world music show broadcasted on P2. This gave me a chance to meet some of the musicians that were attending the Dream Talk, among them Mahsa Vahdat, Rim Banna, Bakak Ziai and Jason Diakite (aka Timbuktu), a Swedish hip hop artist.
It was awesome being in Oslo, I got a chance time to meet my friends and had, really a great time. However, I have said it before, Oslo reminds me of Nairobi, too many activities going around, too many people and especially this time round now that there was soccer finals, with competing teams > Brann (Bergen) and Ålesund. So sorry to all my friends in Bergen!
It is a new week, I am doing all I can to be part of the change I so wish to see in this world. So I am daring to dream, dreams of change!
“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” ― Oscar Wilde,