“Music is an architect with the power to build bridges. It meets you at the dance floor but it still makes you think and connects your heart.”
Influenced by everyone from Mary J. Blige and TLC to OutKast and famed Indian singer Asha Bhosle, Samsaya, whose name means “doubt” in Hindi, has “always questioned everything,” writing reactionary, iconoclastic lyrics as a child. “At 12, I heard Dinah Washington’s ‘I’m Mad About the Boy’ and hearing that trumpet-type voice, something happened to me,” recalls the singer. “Religious lyrics and traditional music didn’t touch me. This moved me.” Eschewing her parents’ pleas to play classical Indian music in favor of more beat-driven tracks, Samsaya released Shedding Skin, her debut album, in 2004, and has released a steady stream of singles since.
While her parents have accepted her career choice (“Two years ago, they’d hand me employment forms for various jobs”), Samsaya’s rebellious streak remains. When major labels asked the singer to fix a three-millemetre gap between her two front teeth, she refused and named her own record label 3MM Records. “I thought my teeth were the prettiest, coolest thing about me,” the singer says. “It later became a big symbol to me of self-perception and not compromising.”
This extends to Samsaya’s live performance, which always features a heart painted over the singer’s left eye. “It’s a reminder that everything I meet and see, I will look upon with my heart and see it with an open mind,” says the singer. “The first thing people see is the face and I was always hoping people would see beyond that. I started wearing what was inside of me on the outside.” Read more on Samsaya.com
BIRTHDAY: November 3 rd. I’m a Scorpio! A nice one
HOME COUNTRY: Norway
3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE MYSELF: Happy, talkative and loud.
WHAT DO I HAVE IN MY POCKETS RIGHT NOW: Color Chalk, earphones and some dog treats.
WHAT MADE ME LAUGH THE LAST TIME:
Listening to some cool music and not seeing a step I was walking down and then tripping and falling in front of my neighbors. I didn’t get hurt, but it must have looked real funny.
AS A CHILD I DREAMT OF BECOMING A … :
An Astronaut superhero! I remember playing with my uncle’s motorbike helmet thinking it was filled with vital oxygen, and acting like I had to wear it all the time or I would die. I was a pretty dramatic kid.
WHAT IS YOUR WORK RELATIONSHIP TO THE FIDDLER?
We are both in the TV show “Hver gang vi møtes” on Norwegian TV2.
MY FIRST MEET WITH THE FIDDLER:
The very first time was at festival we both played at for a couple of years ago.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE FIDDLER:
He is fun, super nice, talented and a really smart guy! He is also very sensitive and caring with the people around him, and I like that in a person.
WHAT IS ANNOYING ABOUT THE FIDDLER?
He goes to bed too early! I’m always creative at night and I think some of the most creative work I’ve done is written way after bedtime. So when everyone on the sett would stay up, he would retire first.
THE MOST REMARKABLE THING I EXPERIENCED WHILE SPENDING THOSE DAYS WITH THE FIDDLER:
I experienced a feeling of togetherness with creative artist in the same field but with very different backgrounds. I’m not from a musical family and my parents didn’t really want me to pursue a musical career, so it was quite inspiring to hear about Alexander’s processes and up bringing.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS EXACT SONG FROM THE FIDDLER’S CATALOGUE?
I chose Europe Skies because I loved the lyrics about wanting to fly. To me it is a symbol of what we artist do when we let go and just let the music take us away. I love how a good song and a fun performance can allow us to travel with our hearts. So I wanted to accentuate that emotion in his song.
WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT ALEXANDER’S INTERPRETATION OF YOUR SONG?
I was so surprised and thrilled, all at the same time! He is very talented, but I just didn’t see this coming at all. I think he did a wonderful interpretation, and wrote some really great Norwegian lyrics based on the essence of my song. My song “Money (ain’t all) ” I wrote for the joy of creativity and how I believe that writing, singing and playing music in it’s self is the true treasure of it all.
MESSAGE TO RYBAK’S FACEBOOKIES:
I love the way you all see and hear Alexander’s music with your hearts! It’s inspiring to see your love and dedication. Hope you enjoy my interpretation of Europe Skies as much as I enjoyed performing it!