Documentary filmmaker Louise Hollerup followed the vocal trio Nevesta's Voice in the 2019 development project SANGDELING, and has created this short film.
The use of song, voice and words is one of humanity's oldest and most universal forms of expression. Throughout history, folk songs have been used as a means of gathering and a way to comprehend and process our human existence: time, love, sorrow and joy.
SONG SHARING is a suggestion of how we as modern people can meet and share some of the songs that hold special meaning.
Until a few hundred years ago, folk songs and music were always handed down orally from generation to generation. Some songs or lyrics have traveled thousands of kilometers, some even across oceans, and are the reason why today we have so many old songs which can tell us something about life in the past.
Song sharing is not something we have invented. It has existed as long as there has been music, but due to technological development it is no longer necessary in our society. Learning a song from the radio, Youtube or Spotify is easy and convenient since nearly every song imaginable is one click away.
In Nevesta's Voice we collect folk songs, but we also love the energy, excitement and personal connection which happens when we learn a song from each other. It gives the songs an extra dimension, a story and a memory of the place and the person who taught us the song. A song can be a small glimpse of a human life, a new culture or a foreign country.
In Nevesta's Voice we believe that we still need to sing for and with each other, in spite of the fact that the campfire, the sewing workshop, the manual work in the field or the laundry has long since been replaced by technology.
Therefore, we arrange song sharing workshops so that we can once again start sharing songs with each other.
Most of us have songs that mean something to us and are part of our personal history - these can be children's songs, lullabies, work songs, religious songs or party songs.
Behind each song there exists a personal story and a glimpse of culture which Nevesta’s Voice would like to help make visible and convey.
The workshop puts the traditional oral tradition in a modern context and allows participants to rediscover their own personal song treasure. To spark the memory, we sing together and talk about songs we remember with the help of our own song sharing game.