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Iceland Culture: Borko Profile

We’re heading to Iceland! As students prepare for Iceland Airwaves Music Festival via the Covering International Festivals: Iceland course, they’re sharing profiles of cultural stories they’ll be producing for the WCRX Iceland Airwaves 2013 radio documentary. Follow their journey, which begins October 30, on the Iceland Airwaves 2013 blog. Here’s a taste of what’s to come:

The beginning of Borko’s bio reads: “Borko has the beard of a freedom fighter and the battlefield is our hearts.”


While that should already be enough to get you interested, it’s his music – haunting and genuinely moving with lyrics echoing his playful wit – that really makes the lasting impression. From teaching music in Icelandic schools to performing in notable Icelandic acts, Rúnk and FM Belfast, and even touring with Múm and Seabear, he has mastered his craft through the years, culminating in the release of two studio albums. His most recent, Born To Be Free, was released in 2012 to positive reviews.

Keep an eye out for the upcoming interview with the man behind the beard about his musical philosophy, the challenges of breaking out of Iceland’s music world and the majesty of trumpets.

In the meantime, check out Borko’s “The Final Round” from the new album, Born To Be Free.

Borko will be appearing at the Reykjavik Art Museum Friday @ 21:00