Thomas Wærnes

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Thomas Wærnes, born on April 3, 1986, [1] and better known under the pseudonym “Sidewalk” is a Norwegian musician best known for performing and writing rap music. He is known to perform both in English and Norwegian, his native language.

English language West Germanic language

English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and eventually became a global lingua franca. Named after the Angles, one of the Germanic tribes that migrated to the area of Great Britain that would later take their name, England, both names ultimately deriving from the Anglia peninsula in the Baltic Sea. It is closely related to Frisian and Low Saxon, and its vocabulary has been significantly influenced by other Germanic languages, particularly Norse, and to a greater extent Latin and French.

Norwegian language North Germanic language spoken in Norway

Norwegian is a North Germanic language spoken mainly in Norway, where it is the official language. Along with Swedish and Danish, Norwegian forms a dialect continuum of more or less mutually intelligible local and regional varieties, and some Norwegian and Swedish dialects, in particular, are very close. These Scandinavian languages, together with Faroese and Icelandic as well as some extinct languages, constitute the North Germanic languages. Faroese and Icelandic are hardly mutually intelligible with Norwegian in their spoken form because continental Scandinavian has diverged from them. While the two Germanic languages with the greatest numbers of speakers, English and German, have close similarities with Norwegian, neither is mutually intelligible with it. Norwegian is a descendant of Old Norse, the common language of the Germanic peoples living in Scandinavia during the Viking Era.



In his past, Wærnes had formerly been a member of the music groups "The 5 Flawless", "Majestic Knights of the Streets", and "Opptur". He was previously known under the name '$tr8 "Outta Control”'. Wærnes claims to have given up this former pseudonym for the name "Sidewalk" for various reasons, including the fact that this new code-name expressed his unique and individual character as a performer and writer more effectively.

Wærnes has also collaborated with the well-known Norwegian musician and 2009 Eurovision Song Contest winner, Alexander Rybak; the two are close friends. Wærnes has contributed to the lyrics of several of Rybak’s songs, including “Europe’s Skies” and “Suomi”. [2] In April 2010, Rybak released the song "FELA IGJEN”, featuring Opptur, a group Wærnes is a member of.

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Alexander Rybak Norwegian singer, actor, violinist, composer, pianist

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Wærnes frequently uploads performances of himself rapping on his youtube account under the channel name "Sidewalk1986", in English and Norwegian.


Wærnes has recorded five solo albums. His best known album, "Unleash The Beast", was released in the year 2006 via King Ov Kingz Rekorz and was made available on iTunes in 2008. [3]

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