The Norwegian Church Aid (Kirkens Nødhjelp) has gathered famous Norwegian artists to record the song Når båten seiler inn (When the boat sails in). The profits from the song will go directly to NCA in order to support those who are fleeing from the war-torn areas.
Among the contributing artists we can find Eurovision winners Alexander Rybak, Elisabeth Andreasson, Hanne Krogh, Carola as well as other Eurovision and MGP stars as Tor Endersen, Maria Haukaas Mittet (Storeng), Nora Foss Al-Jabri, Helene Bøksle, Trine Rein and Maria Arredondo.
“My dad fled from war and misery twenty years ago, and I have heard his stories again and again. In Iraq, it was common to hear bombs falling and know that they shake the ground. Nobody should have it so. It’s horrible to hear about how bad the refugee crisis is now. When I received the request, I said yes right away”, says Al-Jabri, whose father fled from Saddam Hussein’s regime during the Gulf War. She finished second in MGP 2012 with her ballad Somewhere beautiful.
“When the boat sails in” should warm hearts in concert halls, churches and living rooms before Christmas, with the message that people in need should get help with dignity.
The previous gathering of Norwegian artists to support people in need was held in 2004, when Bobbysocks and Maria Arredondo were among the contributing artists to the Tsunami disaster in South-East Asia with the song Venn (Friend)