Lillebjørn Nilsen

Bjørn “Lillebjørn” Falk Nilsen (born 21 December 1950 in Oslo) is a prominent Norwegian singer-songwriter and folk musician. He is also considered somewhat the leading “voice of Oslo” thanks to numerous classic songs about the city from the 1970s and up. In English, his name means ‘Bear Falcon, Son of Nils’, with the nickname “Little-bear”.

He also makes up the Norwegian supergroup Gitarkameratene with Jan EggumHalvdan Sivertsen and Øystein Sunde.

In 1987 he received the Fritt Ord Honorary Award

Photo Johnny Leo Johansen(c) For FB in Gamlebyen Fredrikstad.

Nilsen has collaborated with his friend and idol Pete Seeger on numerous occasions. He adapted Pete Seeger’s song Rainbow Race into Norwegian as Barn av regnbuen (“Children of the Rainbow”). Anders Behring Breivik said that he hated that song, and saw it as a symbol of “cultural Marxism” and multiculturalism. In response, on 26 April 2012, over 40,000 Norwegians sang it publicly outside his trial.

Lillebjørn told in this interview that this song was never made to be in this setting, but a song is like a message in a bottle and you never know where it will go. In told Seeger that people wanted him to sing the song in this setting and they agreed that if this song can contribute  they will of course do that. The song will also have a main roll in the memory concert in Oslo 22/7 2012.

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