2000 – 2001
A selection of international artists and musicians from Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia, exerpts from the speeches of numerous Nobel Peace Prize laureates, hypnotic drumming, creative arrangements, great instrumentalists, beautiful voices, and a shared commitment to the ideals of the Nobel Peace Prize – That is the the content of the CD “Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace”, celebrating 100 years of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.
Nedland Kultur collaborated with the Norwegian record company KKV to produce an album celebrating the ideals and the history of the Nobel Peace Prize, honouring a large group of laureates. Erik Hillestad from KKV and Sigbjørn Nedland from Nedland Kultur co-produced the album, which was recorded in Norway, Tanzania, Ireland, Azerbadjan, Peru, Israel, Palestine and Hawaii. The Nobel Peace Prize Committe gave the producers access to all recorded speeches delivered during the award ceremonies by the laureates, thus providing the project with a unique historical authenticity.
On the CD, voices of famous persons in 20th century history, from Martin Luther King to Yassir Arafat, from Mother Teresa to Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandela and many other famous Nobel Peace Prize laureates can be heard. Carefully selected exerpts from their speeches gave inspiration to musicians and singers, who created soundscapes and musical expressions lifting the words of the laureates to a different level, and making them communicate in new ways to new generations of listeners
Both producers of the CD wanted a theme song for the album, but not another “We are the World”-clone. After careful consideration they decided to ask the American singer/songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson to write a song which they hoped would inspire the whole CD production. Reluctant at first, Kris eventually came up with the song “The Circle”, Sigbjørn Nedland recorded a demo version of the song in a hotel room i Prague, where Kris was actng in the film “Blade 2”. Nedland then took the song to Marimba Studio in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, (not telling Kris about it) and recorded a full backing track with Tanzanian musicians. Erik Hillestad got Norwegian guitarist Knut Reiersrud to put add more guitars, and they sent the song to Kris (“look what we did with your song, man!!”). Kris was positively surprised by what the African musicians had done, and agreed to put on his vocals and harmonica, whinch were then recorded in Maui, Hawaii. The song became exactly the kind of theme song the album needed, and inspired two of the other artists on the album to create new tracks based on “The Circle”, adding new words and melodies to make “The Circle” even more universal.
Although many great artists from 5 continents contributed original music of great depth and beauty, the CD would not have been what it is without the participation of an all female percussion group from Brazil: Banda Dida, a bandfounded by the late Neguinho de Samba (through a substantial donation from Michael Jackson). These girls provided a thundering, hypnotic drum track that forms the base for most of those pieces on the album that are built around the speeches of former Nobel Peace Prize laureates, thus defining the mood and atmosphere of the CD.
Susana Baca and Sinead O’Connor made intense, beautiful contributions to the Nobel peace Prize CD
As did Indian violin virtuoso and composer Dr. L. Subramaniam and the late Zibabwean artist Chiwoniso Maraire.