Björk speaks out about Kosovo independence

Singer makes statement following EXIT Festival 'cancellation' drama

Bjork has released a statement today (March 5) following the controversy surrounding her recent vocal support for independence for the Kosovo region, which she made recently during a gig in Tokyo.

The Icelandic singer has outlined again that she supports Kosovo’s claim for independence. The country’s parliament made a declaration of its independence from Serbia last month.

Bjork’s management claimed that she was dropped from the bill of the forthcoming EXIT festival in Serbia following the outburst, although the EXIT organisers have disputed this. Björk, who dedicated the track ‘Declare Independence’ to Kosovo at the Tokyo gig, does not address this issue in the statement.

Bjork’s statement reads: “I would like to put importance on that I am not a politician, I am first and last a musician and as such I feel my duty to try to express the whole range of human emotions.

“The urge for declaring independence is just one of them but an important one that we all feel at some times in our lives. This song (which appears on the star’s 2007 album ‘Volta’) was written more with the personal in mind but the fact that it has translated to its broadest meaning, the struggle of a suppressed nation, gives me much pleasure.

“I would like to wish all individuals and nations good luck in their battle for independence. Justice! Warmth, Bjork.”