Bergitta Victor Revealed | 30 Days Unchained: Day 17 Saturday 26 January, 2013

Bergitta Victor

30 DAYS UNCHAINED/#30 UNCHAINED | DAY 17  1/26/13 | INSPIRATION: BERGITTA VICTOR Just when you think you’ve figured out Bergitta Victor‘s style, she surprises you. When I first heard her debut single, “Say Love,” from her latest album, So Happy, I thought I had her music pegged—bohemian folk with an inspiring message. I expected the […]

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30 DAYS UNCHAINED/#30 UNCHAINED | DAY 17  1/26/13 | INSPIRATION: BERGITTA VICTOR

Bergitta Victor

Just when you think you’ve figured out Bergitta Victor‘s style, she surprises you. When I first heard her debut single, “Say Love,” from her latest album, So Happy, I thought I had her music pegged—bohemian folk with an inspiring message. I expected the song “So Happy” to be about taking joy in life’s little blessings, but it actually feels like a sultry “thank you” to her lover. Throughout her album, Bergitta fuses acoustic, jazz, reggae and tango to make a sound that is classic and innovative at the same time.

Like Bergitta, her music has many layers. She tells Live Unchained why she feels more comfortable revealing what’s inside on stage than in everyday conversation: “I had to learn that being on stage also means being at home. So, my stage is my home, where I feel good and make others feel welcomed – just like a host should, I guess. I’m not much of a talkative person. So I ‘talk’ through my music… you best get to know me by listening to my music.” It’s incredible how so many women find “home,” in their art, where they’re not afraid or limited, and express their truths freely. Bergitta’s example is the inspiration for today’s challenge…

CHALLENGE: [Find, Create or Remix an image that answers the question]: What would you reveal about yourself if you were unafraid?

Share your image(s) on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and be sure to tag @liveunchained and use the hashtag #30unchained so we can shout you out! Be sure to follow us on FacebookPinterest and Twitter to keep up with the latest #30unchained news.

Bergitta Victor

 

Live Unchained: I like the nice mix of rhythms throughout your album. I hear a lot of different sounds from reggae to tango. How would you describe your music style?

Bergitta Victor: Acoustic soul with an African touch and a hidden devotion to jazz. I grew up listening to music from Africa, Europe and the States. So, I never really did put my music in any genre. I like being versatile.

I really liked your performance with Nneka. It was nice to hear her say how much your music meant to her. How did that collaboration come about? Why do you think you vibe so well creatively?

Well, I met Nneka in April 2006 and we had kept in touch. So, I asked her earlier this year if I could be her opening act, since I am still struggling. And that’s how it all started. I performed on her European tour in Bern, Basel, Zurich and Duesseldorf.

She told me that she liked my song “Trouble” because she related to it, and insisted on a collaboration. Really, it was a spontaneous thing. And, hey, we are talking about one of the most talented artist of our generation – I’d be stupid to say no! Hahaha.

Maybe we vibe well because we are similar in many ways. You know, when it comes to our musical backgrounds and that we are both fighters and believe in the good.

What did you want to express about yourself with this album? What does So Happy say about you as an artist?

It definitely says that I am a person who is trying to think positive…today, tomorrow and always.

Making this album made me realize how much I enjoy singing, writing songs, producing and all that. I chose the title not only because of the song “So Happy,” but because I was happy and proud with the result of my album that I wrote all by myself. I also produced it with David Stauffacher, a fantastic Percussionist from Zurich. It was a big step for me.

I’ve learned one thing in the past 15 years, if you want to achieve something, you gotta work hard for it. Nobody is going to do it for you.

And, may I share my favorite quote with you by Mahatma Gandhi: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

LU: What’s one thing every artist should forget?

BV: Hmmm… That making music is not about fame, money and bling bling. It’s about sharing and giving joy, hope, confidence, life and love. It’s about bringing positivity!

LU: What does living unchained mean to you?

BV: It means freedom to me. I am blessed and thankful for really getting to be free. But, I am hoping that we all can be free one day, no matter where we’re from.

This interview is excerpted from a full feature with the artist. View the original article here.

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained is an interactive creative countdown to the Live Unchained Anniversary Celebration . Everyday for 30 days, we’ll share some of our most popular interviews with Live Unchained featured artists. They include women creatives of various disciplines from across the African diaspora. Her creative journey will be the inspiration for your challenge. To participate simply respond to the challenge question with images (not words). Share it on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and be sure to tag @liveunchained so we can shout you out – it’s that simple. Learn more about 30 Days Unchained, including rules and prizes hereGet your daily challenge from Thursday, January 10th through the day of the big bash on Friday, February 8th at www.liveunchained.com.    

Written by Kathryn Buford and Kheprisa Burrell

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