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Activist, author and genre-bending musician. Let’s take a closer look at the phenomenon that is Moddi.

Moddi is the stage name of Pål Moddi Knutsen, a progressive folk musician from Norway who has built a cult following since his debut in 2007. Born in 1987 on the island of Senja in the northern part of Norway, Knutsen adopted the stage name Moddi at 18, although he had been playing music since childhood. His 2010 album Floriography debuted in the Norwegian Top 10, and three years later he won the Spellemannprisen Award (the Norwegian Grammy) for his album Kæm va du? in the category Folk Album of the Year. Throughout his career, Moddi has focused strongly on political and environmental issues. In 2016 he released the album Unsongs, covering 12 songs which had been banned in 12 different countries. Several foreign governments tried to stop the project, an experience which resulted in Moddi’s first book: Forbidden songs (2017).



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