Radio pros at Bergenfest

By Billy Ray Malone NRK P1 music reporter Hilde Zahl scanned the crowd at Bergenfest – the annual music festival in Bergen, Norway – and spotted a woman wearing a Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds tee shirt. Zahl walked right up to the woman, crossed her ankles, dipped into a curtsy and, without skipping … Continue reading Radio pros at Bergenfest

Video: Cielito | A taste of Mexico in Norway

You can find authentic food from all over the world when you visit Oslo, Norway. If you are in the mood for Mexican food, a great place to eat is at Cielito on Dronningens Gate 26. Most of the employees come from Latin countries, and they love sharing their culture with people in Norway. It … Continue reading Video: Cielito | A taste of Mexico in Norway

Bergenfest spotlights eclectic acts in a historic space

By Billy Ray Malone Bergenfest started in 1993 and has come a long way. What began as an Americana music festival has grown into a diverse musical profile with a growing audience every year. The festival sold out of five-day passes this year, so only one-day tickets were available. Genres at the festival today include country, metal, soft-rock, hip-hop, EDM (Electric Dance Music) and … Continue reading Bergenfest spotlights eclectic acts in a historic space

How meeting my musical hero made me completely forget that I’m a journalist

By Billy Ray Malone I felt sick about missing Colter Wall's performance at Bergenfest in Bergen, Norway. I thought I would never have another chance to see him in concert. And it was my fault. I had a press pass for Bergenfest, but didn't request one for the day Wall performed. I felt I wasn't … Continue reading How meeting my musical hero made me completely forget that I’m a journalist

Why don’t Norwegian musicians sing in their native language?

By Billy Ray Malone At concerts in Norway, the lyrics are not always in Norwegian. Norwegian musicians say that's because they find their native language often lacks the expressiveness of English and Spanish. During Musikkfest, Norwegian bands played all over the city and though they were mostly born and raised in Norway and speak fluent … Continue reading Why don’t Norwegian musicians sing in their native language?