After winning Söngvakeppnin 2019 by a landslide, Iceland’s act for 2019 has continued to take their home nation by storm, taking home the award for “Performer of the Year” at the Icelandic Music Awards.
In true and typical Hatari style, band members Matthías, Klemens and Einar used the opportunity to say a few words directly aimed at Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Iceland’s Prime Minister.
Upon accepting the award, the group’s front man Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson decided to speak out:
“Dear Prime Minister. We are indeed your avid supporters. But we think it is time that you tell the Icelandic nation once and for all – if Iceland is, in fact, a part of group of nations that stand for basic human rights, democracy and abiding to the law, we are a little confused here.”
It is believed the statements made by the front man refer to a series of recent scandals within the Icelandic government. His statement was also made days after police force being used during a peaceful protest outside the Icelandic Congress Building in Reykjavík.
The comments also come days after outcry on Israeli ground. Israeli attorney and activist Nitsana Darshan-Leitner is calling for the Interior Minister Aryeh Deri to ban Hatari from performing at Eurovision in May as a result of their widely publicised stance on Palestine.
Yet again, Hatari has us wondering what they will do next. But they most definitely deserved the award and we congratulate them wholeheartedly for their accolades.
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