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NOPA talk

When movement affects songwriting

Everything we do affects us in many different ways. We travel, we meet people from different parts of the world, we listen to music written by others. How does this movement affect a songwriter? What is the story behind a song? How can a songwriter transmit life itself in only 3 minutes? How do impulses from different parts of the world inspire the melodies and the topics we write about? Basically - how do you make a song? What does it take?

Katarina Barruk

Katarina Barruk

Katarina Barruk is of the central young artists from Sápmi today, known for a fierce, yet nimble and down-to-earth mix of pop music, traditional joik and improvisation. She is raised in Lusspie (Storuman) and Gajhrege (Gardfjäll), but is currently based in Oslo. Over the last decade, she has toured all of Europe.



Ole Vuyo Småge is a Norwegian/South African rapper and producer. Last year he was nominated for NOPA's songwriting scholarship. In 2021 he released the self-produced EP 'Home Cooked Meals', the commissioned work 'Brothers', an EP and a recorded concert from Johannesburg, with local artists and producers. Born in Zimbabwe, raised in Norway, South Africa and Zambia, Vuyo had seen much of the world even before he reached school age. With a father central to the struggle for liberation from apartheid in South Africa, and a mother who fought the same cause in neighboring Namibia, it was clear early on that Vuyo would end up a citizen of the world.

Asta B Lydersen

Asta B. Lydersen

Asta Busingye Lydersen is an artist in Queendom. She has an extensive experience as a board member and jury member in the cultural sector. She currently works as a freelance project manager, event producer and program manager within culture, business and volunteering.

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