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Anti-racists criticise Norwegian musician
by Michael Sandelson
Norwegian NGOs are censuring singer-songwriter Hans Rotmo for being immigrant and Muslim-hostile following release of his new composition.
Mr Rotmo's song, 'Vi fra andre', is allegedly a pastiche on a poem by Norwegian writer Henrik Wergeland (1808-1845) from 1841 called 'Vi ere en Nation, vi med', which advocates 17th May – Norway's National Day – should also be for children.
However, the connections with Wergeland's work become more clouded in the singer-songwriter's version. Norwegian Centre Against Racism director Kari Helene Partapuoli thinks the text is mostly in "extremely bad taste" and "malicious at times."
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