Oslo, Norway – Palestinian singer Rim Banna has a new album entitled The
Mirrors of My Soul (KKV FXCD 288, 2005). Through two other KKV CD projects,
Lullabies from the Axis of Evil, and Skruk’s Christmas record
Krybberom (“A Lowly Manger”),
Banna has become familiar to many Norwegians. She also appeared in the show
“Finn veien, engel” (Find the Way, Angel) with Kari Bremnes. Produced by Erik
Hillestad, this is her first international release. Rim Banna is accompanied by four accomplished Norwegians musicians: Gjermund
Silset (bass), David Wallumred (keyboards), Rune Arnesen (drums) and Eivind
Aarset (guitar). The CD was recorded at the Rainbow Studio in Oslo. The band
arranged these powerful and gripping songs about the hopes and tragedies of the
Palestinian people together with Rim’s husband, guitarist Leonid Alexeinco, who
also co-composed some of the songs with his wife.
The songs are performed in Arabic. Rim’s mother has written many of the
lyrics. They tell stories, stories of children who have become martyrs in the
Palestinian struggle for liberation, stories of sons jailed in Israeli prisons
without ever having been convicted by any court, and stories of living in exile
after having been robbed of house and home. And there are songs of joy and
happiness, celebrating life. Some are Palestinian folk songs.
Mirrors of My Soul now].