Session 2A | Nov 14, 2016
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Session 2A | Nov 14, 2016

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Ouijdane

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Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong

“Am I wrong for thinking out the box from where I stay? Am I wrong for saying that I choose another way? I ain’t trying to do what everybody else doing Just cause everybody doing what they all do If one thing I know, I’ll fall but I’ll…”

AM I Wrong

 

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg1sT4ILG0w

The song or shall I say the piece of art I choose today is called ‘Am I Wrong’ by Nico & Vinz. They are both African singers who were brought up and raised in Norway but not once neglecting their origin. They grew up in an African household surrounded by Norwegian Africans who strongly held on to their roots and culture.

The goal for this musical piece is to portray how just because you are in a specific location does not mean that you have a sense of belonging to that location alone. You cannot neglect your origin or background. But what are you then? African or Norwegian. Does your existence reflect on your origin that you belong to the place your ancestors are from or does it reflect on where you have lived and known all your life. Are you both at the same time? If so, what is your group that you belong in? Can you be European around your African family or do you have to be African.

This is what I have been through all my life. I have lived up to a realization that I don’t belong anywhere; I belong everywhere I choose to. I am that girl who cannot phrase one sentence without combining multiple languages or celebrating multiple traditions and cultures. I like them all and I am apart of them somehow. Am I Wrong? Well I realized that that is not for anyone to decide besides myself.
I want to portray a sense of unfamiliar belonging of being sectioned into so many parts yet unifying all enclosed groups to coexist. I want to show how one should look within themselves and believe in themselves to be whatever they wish for. They should be able to feel comfortable and a sense of belonging also when they are outside of their usual routine or social ‘box’. I want to show how unique and powerful an individual can be when they put their mind to something.

-Ouijdane Benajiba

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