Bergen International Music Festival is an annual festival that embraces a wide range of musicals

genres and expressions, with musicians and music that crosses borders both geographically and musically.

I 2017 is the main focus on music from Latin America and Africa – but also spiced with a little something else!

Choose your favorite day, and buy a day pass for it – or bring the whole festival with you with a festival pass


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Wednesday 18 October


Ian Mirimba, K-Cruz3, started raping in high school in Nairobi. 21 the yearling took Bergen's rap milieu with him

storm when he released his very first song in Norway, Versace Remix. Now he is warming up for artists like

Bracket and Iyanya, both in Bergen and Oslo. A master of text and rhythm!

Read more about the K-Cruz3 here




Hkeem is one of the young people, the law artists we should watch out for. The debut single "Fy faen" immediately became Ukas

song at P3, in addition to over a million streams in just 2 weeks. The first SHAME episode last season

also got the title "Fy Faen", and the song got the generous soundtrack spot and this has really awakened

interest in Hkeem worldwide! At the festival, he brings with him Temur and Jonas Benyoub - we

looking forward to a really cool youth concert!

Read more about Hkeem here


Non-alcoholic event
Youth night: Under 15 years only accompanied by adults



Thursday 19 October

Moussa Diallo Trio

The Moussa Diallo Trio expresses the soul itself in a fusion of Western and African music, with a raw energy of

rock, funk and traditional African music, coming from a band composed of original Africans

drums, a swinging jazz-rock guitar and a funky bass. Exciting rhythms and musical poetry characterize

Moussa Diallos music. He has a multicultural background with roots in both Mali and Denmark, and expresses

the very soul of a fusion of Western and African music


Read more about Moussa Diallo here


Bergen Vista Social Club

Bergen Vista Social Club always draws full houses, great atmosphere and lots of dancing fun!

This is for all of you who love magical Latin music with an emphasis on rich Cuban traditions

and hefty sucking rhythms. Or you are just a true music lover who wants to enjoy this eminent

the big band with really fantastic musicians from both Norway, Cuba and Latin America.

In the name there is a clear tribute to the legendary and critically acclaimed Buena Vista Social Club from

Havana, Cuba. But there will also be classics from Carlos Santana, Titus Bridge, Ry Cooder and

real Mariachi music with Quentin Tarantino vibe.


Read more about Bergen Vista Social Club here



Friday 20 October

Mariachi Bergen

Friday starts with a bang, with Mexican music! Mariachi Bergen is one of Scandinavia's few

vaskeekte mariachi-band!


Chela Jaranera

Chela Jaranera's energetic music was initially embraced by a small group in it

Latin American community in Bergen. Their catchy rhythms made the fan base grow very fast,

and at their concerts you can meet people from all over the world.

Chela Jaranera plays cumbia, bachata, celebration, chicha and son. All are danceable rhythms that have

origin in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Peru and Cuba. These rhythms are strongly influenced

of African heritage. The band's sound evokes thoughts about how celebrations took place among African-South Americans

and Afro-Caribbean residents of neighborhoods populated by people of African descent.

The band consists of musicians from Ecuador, Paraguay, Spain, Guatemala, Chile and the United States.


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What Sudaka

Che Sudaka was formed in 2002, on the street music scene in Barcelona, with musicians from Argentina and Colombia.

Since then, they have released 9 album and hat 1409 concerts in 45 various countries!

They are concerned with the social counterculture, and the texts are often about the problems of immigration,

social injustice and war. They combine this with the explosive power of Cumbia, Ska and Punk,

which makes the band so unique. The band combines all kinds of genres, and references are legendary bands like

The Clash, Black Hand og The Fabulous Cadillacs. Their trademark is a crowded energy on stage and one

overwhelming presence. That Sudakas motto was “Bailiar thinking!” (Think while you dance!), and with

they think that in addition to having a good party, they will focus on increasing social awareness and solidarity.


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Saturday, October 21st

12:00 Familiekonsert med Che Sudaka

In collaboration with FN-Sambandet Vest & International Week



At an asylum reception center, for 15 years ago, a group of boys found each other through drumming and rhythms. The rhythms were

to songs, and the gang of a band. One of Bergen's most exciting and genre juggling bands takes us to earth

around in four minutes. Forza shakes together a strong globetrotter cocktail consisting of folk music, hip hop,

funk, disk, tango, balkan and rock. They themselves describe their music as "hip-hop meets folk music or one

back street party in Barcelona ”and draws inspiration from around the world.


Read more about Forza here



UK-based BM gives us delicious, Congolese afrobeat with dancehall undertones. His music is danceable,

extremely catchy and with addictive rhythms!


He big hit, Ebebi, is influenced by Congolese afrobeat, Nigerian, Ghanaian and with dancehall undertones,

and has become a worldwide sensation with nearly two million views on youtube. Combined

with one of the hottest dancers of the year, the song's infectious rhythm has led to countless worldwide virals

videos with dancing fans.


Read more about BM here


Wisa Greid

Ghanaian Wisa Greid, is Ghana's new Afrobeat sensation! He has a number of big hits, as Ekiki Me and

Mentse Bo, and was nominated for Newcomer of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards 2016.


Wisa Gried's musical education started on the streets of Accra together with music producer Chapter Beats.

His lyrics are characterized by optimism and love in beautiful harmony, and with local dialects (Ga and Twi)

and pigeon English over lively afro-beats tones. His concerts often start a little calm, but you can always

expect an explosive and energetic ending!


Read more about Wisa Greid here




DJ Sparks

Kenyan DJ Sparks has great success as a DJ, and has worked with many established musicians.

He is one of the most versatile DJs in England, where he also has his own radio broadcasts.

The repertoire extends to genres such as hip hop. RnB, House, Afrobeat, Dancehall/Reggae –

and much more!


Read more about DJ Sparks here

Collaborators & supporters:

The Joint Immigrant Council in Hordaland

Bergen municipality

Hordaland County Municipality

Sparebanken Vest

UN Association West & International Week

Hyssingen Production School

Fana Sparebank

Arts Council

The Bergen & Grand Terminus