2012 Nobel Peace Prize Concert
Karpe Diem, the hip hop duo consisting of Chirag Patel and Magdi Ytreeide Abdelmaguid, is one of the most popular acts in Norway right now. They have recorded four albums and earned two Norwegian Grammy Awards (Spellemann) since their debut in 2004, including being the first ever hip hop act to win the prestigious “Artist of The Year” award.
Their most recent album, released in September 2012, went straight to the top of the Norwegian charts, and had three hit singles playing simultaneously on Norwegian radio.
Their second album Fire Vegger in 2008 won the official award Bendiksenprisen, a Sigval Bergesen award and international recognition as “Best Norwegian Act” at MTV Europe Music Awards in 2010. They celebrated the award by donating the award proceeds to the Red Cross in Groruddalen and giving a free concert for under-18 youth at the Rockefeller in Oslo.
The duo raps in Norwegian, although their family backgrounds are a colorful mix of Indian, Ugandan, Egyptian and Norwegian. Karpe Diem has, during the last decade, become one of Norway’s most renowned live performers, and tour with a full band and DJ, headlining at some of Norway’s biggest festivals.
Magdi and Chirag first met in 1998 in Oslo Handelsgymnasium, where they were both studying and were making music individually. The band was formed in 2000 and have been playing concerts ever since. Karpe Diem were invited to perform their song “Tusen Tegninger” taken from the album Aldri solgt en løgn at the National Memorial Ceremony held on 21 August 2011 at the Olso Spektrum, remembering the victims of the July 2011 Norway attacks.
Artist Website: www.karpediem.no
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/KarpeDiem
Twitter: Chirag Patel @ChiragKarpe
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