Marthe Valle

About me

Bergen, Norway

I am a norwegian singer-songwriter who loves to collaborate with musicians from different styles and areas of the world. I have released six solo albums, and worked on projects with Palestinian, Syrian, Kurdish and Afghan musicians. I sing and play the piano, and I compose.

Cultural background

  • Norway

Project Music

Tenê Me (I'm alone and not!)

Tenê Me is an existentialist conflict. Story being torn between two completely different choices and feelings. It consists of three parts connected by a main theme. Its course is different from that of life: It begins with hopelessness (death) and ends with hopefulness (birth). The rap part shows complaint and resistance, synthesizing hope and despair. Singing style and the beat reveal hints of determination and aggression. Melodies in higher pitches lead to a positive ending. The percussive instruments at the end support hoping.

  • Blues
  • Electronic
  • Hip Hop / Rap
  • Oriental
  • Vocal
  • World
  • A capella
  • Background vocals
  • Baritone
  • Rapping
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Electric piano
  • Piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Bouzouki
  • Electric guitar
  • Ud / Oud
  • Germany
  • Norway
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Turkey
Hold Oss

This is my composition "Hold Oss", and I have collaborated with Hussain Hajj, Jens Kristian Rimau and Gamze Yilmazel. I have written the lyrics about the dehumanization of refugees, when you are a refugee you lose your name, your identity. The lyrics are ment to force the listener to find the nameless and faceless refugee inside themselves, to look for the humanity and similarities. Hussain Hajj plays the oud and bouzouki, and sings with me. Gamze Yilmazel plays the guitar, and Jens Kristian Rimau has done programming and mix.

  • Soundtrack
  • Traditional / Folk
  • World
  • Singer
  • Electric piano
  • Norway
  • Syrian Arab Republic
Lo/Ve

If bodily love is `low,` and spiritual love is `above`, then why would we yearn to see, get close and caress our lover/beloved ones. Both Arabic and Kurdish lyrics center on the conflict of soul and body in love. It is a conflict of my Kurdish and Arabic cultutres. Marthe comes with her middle part as a mediator. To bridge between the cultures, and between the two aspects of love, the two parties of conflict. We cannot live alone, we need each other. In the last part there is a conflict beween Nahawand and Bayat maqams (musical scales).

  • Arabic
  • Improvisational
  • Jazz
  • Minimal
  • Religious / Spiritual
  • Traditional / Folk
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Baritone
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Tenor
  • Piano
  • Baglama / Saz
  • Bouzouki
  • Ud / Oud
  • Norway
  • Syrian Arab Republic

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