Article was published on coop.no
Author: Tine Flinder Nyquist. Photo: TV2
Found by Jorunn Ekre. Translation by Tessa Lande. Revision by Anni Jowett
Inspiring to be a part of!
In eight weeks we have been able to enjoy good artists, fun and seriousness in TV 2’s “Hver gang vi møtes” (“Everytime we meet”). The youngest participant, Alexander Rybak, found the whole experience unique.
In program series “Hver gang vi møtes” seven well-known singers and songwriters travel on “a cabin” trip where they interpret and sing each other’s songs. This year we have been able to follow Alexander Rybak, Øyvind “Elg” Elgenes, Lars Lillo-Stenberg, Anneli Drecker, Sigvart Dagsland, Simone Eriksrud and Samsaya. There has been a lot of beautiful music and many moving moments. For Rybak one of the highlights was that “Elg” was so visibly touched and thrilled by his performance of the song “Lucky one”. Glossy eyed the experienced “Dance with the stranger” singer rose up and gave Alexander a good hug with the words: “I’m the lucky one.”
Songs with lyrics from the music reality show “Hver gang vi møtes” (Every time we meet). The concept of the show is that 7 artists live together for a week and everyone have their special day where they get celebrated with covers of their songs from the other ones. These were the cover songs Alexander Rybak did:
“Lucky One” by Øivind Elg Elgenes
“Strange Little Bird” by Anneli Drecker
“Smooth Escape” by Simone Eriksrud
“Kan Eg Gjørr Någe Med Det” (Can I do something about it) by Sigvart Dagsland.
“Money” / “Penger er ikke alt” by Samsaya
“Ut” (Out) by Lars Lillo-Stenberg
“All I wanna do” by Simone Eriksrud
“Ka E Du Redd For” (What are you afraid of?) by Sigvart Dagsland
“Neste Sommer” (Next summer) by Lars Lillo-Stenberg
All the songs are available to buy on iTunes and on CD. Click here to know more about it!
Watch and listen all the covers in this playlist on Youtube:
The last episode of 3rd season of “Hver gang vi møtes” traditionally was dedicated to duets, when one or several artists featured the other artist during the performance of his/her song. Alexander was involved in 3 duets. So here are the songs and reviews on them made by the largest Norwegian newspapers.
All the reviews translated by Tessa Lande, revised by Anni Jowett.
Simone Eriksrud and Alexander Rybak
«All I Wanna Do»
Music/lyrics by Eriksrud/Ofstad/Sjo
Dagbladet Dice 4
Once again we see Rybak in another role, as a duet partner – and now with funky groove and distinctly soul voice. This is quite close to the D’Sound, but with the voice of Rybak as a “bonus”.
Again he sings in a different way than we are used to, perhaps to emphasise that he can so much more than sing simple pop songs with a fiddle. He suits this too.
Here is a shortened version of the 5th episode of TV-show “Hver gang vi møtes”, which was broadcasted on TV2 channel on 29.03.2014. And the separate video of Alexander’s performance of Sigvart’s song “Kan Eg Gjørr Någe Med Det” with intro and lyrics in different languages. Enjoy!
Upload, English translation and subs by TessaLa. English revision by Anni Jowett and Katie Andersson
Kan Eg Gjørr Någe Med Det – with intro and review HGVM
Upload, English translation and subs by Hilde M. English revision by Anni Jowett.
Source: Paper issue of SE&HØR 4.4.2014
Author: Per Sigve Kleppe, photographer: Jenning Jensen
Found by Marit Olavsdatter. Translated by Jorunn Ekre & TessaLa. Revised by Katie Andersson
Rybak was a clever rapper.
Alexander started the day with «Money» the single from 2009 and has translated the lyrics from English to Norwegian. This was anything but what Samsaya had expected.
– It was a super-surprise. He had translated it to “Penger er ikke alt” (Money ain’t all), and it was so cool. He had really put work into that song. I got an incredibly good feeling, and he was a very clever rapper. Super-good and surprising start,- says Samsaya to TV2.
VG.no by Stein Østbø 05.04.2014
Alexander Rybak – Money – Dice 4
Alexander as rapper? Well, that is not the most successful part of this version, but he brings welcomed sunshine into the the refrain where the original is darker and more edgy- it almost becomes better and more uplifting. A plus for a good Norwegian translation, but put a hoodie on next time you want to play b-boy Alexander…..
Dagbladet.no 05.04.2014 Øyvind Rønning
Alexander Rybak – Money (Samsaya/Lindal) – Dice 4
Samsaya is probably the biggest challenge for the TV-viewers, mostly because so few of her songs are known to the general public. Alexander Rybak started the party as rapper, just the like the Indian-Norwegian artist started, with a synth and without a fiddle – and he shall be honoured for doing something else other than what’s expected. “De fattigste av oss er de som bare har penger” (Because the poorest of us, are those who just have money) sounds like an okay translation of a song originally written in English. Rybak radiates as usual, the refrain is catchy and suddenly he is Samsaya’s “little brother in Norway” as she burst out thrilled.
“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.