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July: 40 Years' Credibility

A 4 CD box set with a 42 page booklet explores the history of Kirkelig Kulturverksted in Norway.

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Full track list is below

Norway’s oldest and most influential independent label, KKV (Kirkelig Kulturverksted) celebrates in 2014 its 40 years’ anniversary by releasing a compilation of highlights from its more than 5000 tracks of original recorded songs and compositions. This new “physical playlist” is called “40 years’ Credibility” and consists of 4 CD’s with 12 tracks from each decade.

KKV started as a typical product of the 70's, with alternative strategies, a political approach to most of its activities and lots of experimental ideas.

It holds Norway’s most interesting back-catalog. The new collection contains interesting recordings from the earliest albums of artists who made their debut as recording artists on KKV; such as Bjørn Eidsvåg, Kari Bremnes, Sigvart Dagsland, Kenneth Sivertsen, Sondre Bratland, the choir SKRUK, Iver Kleive, Knut Reiersrud and others. In this anniversary edition we meet them together with Ketil Bjørnstad, Randi Stene, Ole Paus, Kata Cardenal (Nicaragua), Silvio Rodriguez (Cuba), Rim Banna (Palestine), Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat (Iran), Anita Skorgan, Povl Dissing (Denmark) and Carola (Sweden).

Through the last decade KKVs catalogue has been supplied by many international releases, many of them from the Middle East. The label made a turn in its profile after the release of Lullabis from the Axis of Evil (2004). The percentage of international sales increases currently. Every day many people from all over the world visit KKVs webshop (

The most positive change the label has seen through its history is the increasing access to audiences all over the planet, and the way a hunger and a curiosity for new musical ideas have risen in many parts of the world. The ability of music and other artistic messages to reach from heart to heart across long distances in tradition and geography is greater than ever.

KKV’s musical journey started in the Norwegian traditions of hymns and folksongs and followed the lines of poets out into the cities of modernity, to hidden treasures from troubled corners of the world and back into the depth of history. In the new compilation, the journey stops at the origins of Christianity with the Lord’s Prayer performed in the mother tongue of Jesus.

KKV has since its start also worked with bringing architects and people working in the fine arts together to create sacred rooms, such as churches, chapels and “rooms of silence”. One of the most interesting changes in the story of KKV itself is the establishment of the venue Kulturkirken Jakob (The Jakob Church of Culture) in Oslo, which was accomplished in 2000. All the photos you will see in the compilation album are from this church, where the label also has its office. The motives are seen through the eyes of an artistic photographer.

Tracks on the 4 CD set:

1974 - 1983: Rejecting the divisions between the secular and the sacred.

  • 1. RYFYLKE VISEGRUPPE: Oppunder Liaråsen 3:51
  • 2. ERIK BYE: Den norske Dalevisa 2:59
  • 3. SONDRE BRATLAND: Eg er ein gjest i verda 3:53
  • 4 DET NORSKE KAMMERKOR: Kairos raude blom 4:26
  • 5 RAGNAR VIGDAL: Jesus gjør meg stille 3:21
  • 6 DANS MED OSS GUD: Salme fra fordømte 1:14
  • 7 DET NORSKE KAMMERKOR AND ARNFINN HARAM: Ta harpå di, stem strenganje 3:15
  • 8 NORDSTRAND KIRKEKOR: Lektie from Allehelgensmesse 2:17
  • 9. AGNES BUEN GARNÅS: Gjendines bådnlåt 5:20
  • 10. SKRUK OG VÅRSØG: Som den gyldne sol frembryter 1:57
  • 11. BJØRN EIDSVÅG: En dag 4:25
  • 12. KENNETH SIVERTSEN: Boaskjer 3:45
1984 - 1993: Upholding traditions by breaking them.
  • 2. ARVE MOEN BERGSET: Liti Kjersti 4:50
  • 3. HILDEGUNN RIISE AND VOSKRESNIJE: Den fattige Gud 2:21
  • 5. SIGVART DAGSLAND: Festung Europa 4:20
  • 6. DEEPIKA THATAAL: Fire stemmer og en reise 4:20
  • 7. JØRN SIMEN ØVERLI: Selvportrett 3:44
  • 8. KARI BREMNES: Det sandeste 3:01
  • 9. MARIANNE ANTONSEN: Motherless Children 3:50
  • 10. OLE PAUS: O, bli hos meg 6:06
  • 11. OSLO KAMMERKOR AND RANDI STENE: Kom tilbake 4:25
  • 12. IVER KLEIVE AND KNUT REIERSRUD: Overmåde ful av nåde
1994 - 2003: Going East and West and backward and forward in time.
  • 1. KNUT REIERSRUD: God Don't Never Change 4:41
  • 2. ERIK BYE: Det gode skip Jesus 6:10
  • 3. VARIOUS ARTISTS: I have a dream 5:20
  • 4. GRETHE SVENSEN: La, la, la 3:50
  • 5. BJARNE BRØNDBO: Va det du, Jesus 3:53
  • 6. OLE PAUS: Livet og jeg 5:29
  • 7. KATIA CARDENAL: Juan y Salomon (Jørgen Hattemaker) 4:34
  • 9. ACID QUEEN: Sema (Tell me what's in your heart) 7:43
  • 10. SONDRE BRATLAND: Leid milde ljos 4.44
  • 11. KATIA CARDENAL: Historia de las sillas 3:50
  • 12. ØYSTEIN WINGAARD WOLF: Møt meg på halvveien 3:24
2004 - 2013: Meeting the challenge of antagonism between the East and the West.
  • 1. RIM BANNA AND KARI BREMNES: Ya Lel Ma Atwalak - This Never Ending Night 06:25
  • 2. CAROLA: Lyss till änglesångens ord 5:33
  • 3. ANITA SKORGAN: Dansen Går i Ring 3:24
  • 4. MAHSA VAHDAT AND MIGHTY SAM McCLAIN: A Deeper tone of longing 6:30
  • 5. SYNNØVE ROGNLIEN: Det Røde 5:39
  • 6. JAKOBMESSE: Kyrie 2:59
  • 7. MARJAN VAHDAT: Rooted in you 5:23
  • 8. KARI BREMNES: Fantastisk allerede 4:09
  • 9. ELLEN SOFIE HOVLAND: Det er ikke sant 4:05
  • 10. INGER LISE RYPDAL: 12 Gamle Skrog 5:03
  • 11. IVER KLEIVE, POVL DISSING AND KNUT REIERSRUD: Krist stod op af døde 3:21
  • 12. SKRUK: Vår Far 3:16
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If you want to get only this month CD set, KKV: 40 Years Credibility, you can make a one time contribution of $30.00 (US and Canada)

For folks outside of the US and Canada, the cost is $36.00.

I have a few more of Poetry and music of Ashiqs: Azerbaijan for a one-time contribution of $25.00.

I still have a few copies available of the April offer from the Creative Music Series
3 CDs of jazz and world music, recorded live.
For a contribution of $25.00

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