Emerging from a career as backing vocalist, she releases for the first time her own album with her own lyrics. Many Norwegians listen to Kari Iveland daily on the radio, usually without knowing it.
She has contributed to a number of artists' albums as backing vocalist, for example on Odd Børretzen and Lars Martin Myhre's recordings. Apart from being an excellent vocalist, Kari Iveland also writes strong, personal lyrics. On "Vektløs" she let's us take part in some of her own existential unrest, communicating songs with warmth, generosity and beauty in both lyrics and tunes. The music has been taken care of mainly by Hilde Heltberg. She wrote all the melodies, all of them very tuneful. Jørn Christensen is producer, and the style is in the area of roots, ballad and pop.
New recording featuring Kari Iveland and her band playing with choirs and musicians from Madagascar
After releasing the "Vektløs" (Weightless) CD on the KKV label in 2002, Kari Iveland is now presenting music new and old from Madagascar, the first time music from this large island off the East-African coast is reaching a wider audience.
Man's wanderings across this earth have left many impressions and on these journeys songs have travelled across oceans and continents and been heard and recreated far from their origins.
Such are the impressions we are reminded of when we hear Kari Iveland's new CD.
She has travelled to Madagascar and found new versions of the songs Europeans exported more than a hundred years ago. Just listen to traditional songs such as "O store Gud" (How Great Thou Art) or "Eg veit i himmerike ei borg" (I know a Castle in Heaven) as performed by a Madagascan choir to understand that there is a relationship between soil and soul.
Through this CD you will experience the incredible power of music as performed by a Norwegian singer, four Madagascan choirs, two Madagascan instrumentalists and four Norwegian musicians joining forces to present a Madagascan, Norwegian and international repertoire.
The Norwegian musicians are Anders Rønningen (guitar, valiha), Rune Arnesen (drums), Sveinung Hovensjø (bass) and Øivind Christiansen (harmonium). The four Madagascan choirs are Anakoro, Feon `ny fifohazana Mahavatse, KTKT and Lova. The two Madagascan instrumentalists playing flutes and drums are Patrice Ratsimbazafy and Jean Batiste Ranaivoarisoa.The CD has been recorded in the Cathedral in Tulear in cooperation between Det Norske Misjonsselskap (the Norwegian Missionary Society) and KKV.