To open the Winter Tällberg Forum at Voksenåsen in Norway, Rebekka Karijord performed her song of facing one’s fears with courage “Wear it like a crown” which had become an anthem for Egyptian and Middle Eastern young people while in Sweden.
Rebekka Karijord returned home to
join the Tällberg Foundation’s Winter Forum in snowy Voksenåsen overlooking
Oslo. A resident of Stockholm, Rebekka is a Norwegian recording artist,
musician, composer, playwright and actor, who has performed as part of Tällberg
gatherings in Leksand and Egypt. Lyric and poetic, above all honest, her music
pulses with a poignant human purpose: be here – where and who you are.
To open the forum, Rebekka performed
her song of facing one’s fears with courage – “Wear it like a crown” – which
had become an anthem for Egyptian and Middle Eastern young people while in
Sweden last year who sang along with her – to her surprise – at Rework The World. The next day,
while improvising on the piano to a film presentation on the Amazons by
Alejandro Litovsky, word came of Mubarak’s resignation.
As a participant, Rebekka’s
thoughtful selection of music refreshed and extended the conversation’s theme.
To conclude the forum, she was joined by fellow No More Lullabies artist Linnea
Olsson and her cello. They chose to perform a haunting duet version of Björk’s
“Unison.” For a gathering devoted to exploring how we can agree to agree, this
final expression captured perhaps the essence of the task: “I never thought I
would compromise / Let's unite tonight.” No one in the room disagreed.