Kari Berg is not just a singer, actress and model. The Swedish vocalist (Ashbury Heights, Chaos All Stars) is also an anti-bullying activist. As a project leader for Sweden’s “Rätten till sin identitet” (EN: “The Right to Their Identity”), Berg is highly visible in work with youth in subcultures who face oppression and violence for liking their own music and fashion. RTSI is similar to the UK’s Sophie Lancaster Foundation, a charity set up following the unprovoked murder of Lancaster and her partner in Lancashire.
To support RTSI’s work, Berg has collaborated with Yves Schelpe from the Belgian band, Psy’Aviah, to create this song and video. The title, “It’s Just Words,” refers to the gossip and slander that is used to marginalise people who simply wish to be themselves. The story in the video was inspired by “Promenaden” [EN: “The Promenade”] by Emelie Engwall, taken from the RTSI-published book, “Våra Berättelser” [EN: “Our Stories”].
“It’s Just Words” is a great groove for the weekend, but it’s got a serious message, too.