It was at the annual Norwegian festival by:Larm! that Goran Kajfes received the prestigious Nordic Music Price for his album XY as it was voted "Best Nordic Album". The international jury's motivation;
"A very distinctive voice unexpectedly united the jury, everybody instantly recognized the love that has gone into the playing and, also, the packaging. It's an ambitious and warm fusion of sonic elements, from jazz with both african and eastern influences to electronica.
This double album really does something that is quite rare: it communicates the pure joy of music."
Watch the video below where Goran recieves the prize.
Rob Young - Author of the new book Electric Eden, former editor of The Wire, now writer for Uncut and The Wire.
Andres Lokko - Scandianavias most influential music writer. Now based in London. Writes for Svenska Dagbladet.
Laurence Bell - Owner of Domino Records
Jeannette Lee - Former member of P.I.L. Owner of Rough Trade Records with Geoff Travis. Manager of Pulp and Jarvis Cocker.
Mike Pickering - Former Factory Records employee, now A&R at Columbia Records UK
Zach Kelly - Washington, D.C.-based freelance music journalist and critic. Regular contributor at Pitchfork.com and Paper magazine.
Jonathan Galkin - founder and owner of DFA Records.
And here's the other 11 nominees:
Ane Brun - It All Starts With One Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes Rubik - Solar Gus Gus - Arabian Horse Malk De Koijn - Toback To The Fromtime Siinai - Olympic Games Björk - Biophilia Iceage - New Brigade Montée - Renditions Of You Anna Järvinen - Anna Själv Tredje The Field - Looping state of mind