Best of Sweden – Sweden’s unknown superstars

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Best of Sweden – Sweden’s unknown superstars

Vara Concert New Artist in Residence, Andrew Young, collect stars that are icons in their home country but unknown in Sweden. An evening of intoxicating music and powerful stories with Sweden’s unknown superstars.

Naser Razzazi is the Kurdistan correspondence to Bruce Springsteen, according to the Kurdish violinist Pedram Shahlai. Widely known and popular artist of all Kurds and Persians. When he appeared in Kurdistan in memory of the victims of the genocide of Kurds in Halabja came over one hundred thousand people. His words songs

centuries of oppression, standing up for the Kurdish struggle for an independent country and culture. He has in his homeland tortured and seen their friends being executed. The situation became worse when Ayathollah Khomeini took power in Iran. He fled, and in 1984 he came to Sweden.

Osman Abdul Rahim called by his countrymen for the Eritrean Elvis Presley. In the 60s, he was a big hit with ”Love is blind” and became a well-known artist in Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan. He sings in the mother tongue Tigrinya. Swinging London in the 60’s had in the Afrika counterpart – Swinging Addis and Asmara, where a cultural life flourished during the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie. It was during this era Osman Abdul Rahim began his career at the Haile Selassie National Theatre in Addis Ababa and later in Asmara Theatre. In 1983 he fled to Sweden from Eritrea because of war and dictatorship. 2015 is celebrating his 50 years as an artist.

Ramy Essam was one of the Egyptian revolution, prominent figures in Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring 2011. The songs became a powerful way to attack the regime without violence, without weapons. The song is obtained, which was named the third most world-changing song in the history of Time Out, he wrote in a tent in the middle of Tahrir Square in

Cairo during the revolution. He performed it before hundreds of thousands of spectators, and it quickly spread around the world on Youtube. In 2011 he was arrested by Egyptian military and tortured. Got after a two-year music scholarship and moved to Malmö.

Safoura Safavi formed early band Abjeez with his sister. In Persian, with Western musical styles as reggae, soul and soul, singing the socially critical lyrics about taboos substances arranged marriage and that men should not cry. The songs are banned from being played in Iran, but with the help of the internet, they have been widely adopted and made their way into Iranian society that has been closed to Western culture for over 30 years. Safoura inter alia talks that song Biyaa, which was written in conjunction with the green movement began in 2009 in Iran, is a call to the masked police to unite with the people. Safoura fled like a 5 year old with his family to Ostersund from Iran.

Hosted by Alexandra Pascalidou, who works as a journalist, presenter, writer and sits on the board of the Children’s Rights in Society. She was also prominent person in the Council of Europe’s anti-racism campaign. Alexandra was born in Romania by Greek parents, but moved to Sweden during the Greek military dictatorship.


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