On monday we will learn all participants of Melodifestivalen 2016 but today we have another special gossip about Melodifestivalen 2016’s participants. Swedish newspaper has added Anna Book, SaRaha and After Dark their list…Anna Book:
After Dark is a Swedish drag act was founded by Christer Lindarw in 1976. The group participated Melodifestivalen 2004 and 2007. According to Nöjesbladet the group will celebrate their 40th year with Melodifestivalen 2016.
SaRaha (Sara Larsson):
32 years old SaRaha grew up in Sweden and Tanzania. Her first album released in Tanzania after that last March she released single in Sweden.
More About SaRaha (from her Website):
Sara Larsson, known as SaRaha, was born in Sweden in 1983. At the age of two, she moved to Tanzania with her parents, where she spent long periods of her childhood. She returned as an adult to live in Tanzania in 2009 and quickly became a part of the East African Pop music scene.
SaRaha has been composing, singing and performing her music since her late teens, in Sweden and Zimbabwe, where she has worked with different types of pop music and performed with different band constellations. In 2009 she revisited Tanzania and discovered the East African pop music, which has been her musical focus since then. In 2011 she started working under her stage name SaRaha.
The video for a short acoustic version of SaRaha’s first Swahili song, Tanesco, was played daily on TBC1 during 2011. She became cemented as a Tanzanian artist after featuring the artist Akil in the song My Dear which was released in July 2011. The video following the song was nominated in the category ‘best video’ in Kilimanjaro Music Awards 2012. Since then SaRaha has been releasing singles that have received a lot of attention in the Tanzanian media. She has also worked together with other Tanzanian Hip Hop and Afro pop artists, such as Fid Q, Makamua, Joh Makini, Linex and Chidi Beenz.
During the last few years SaRaha has done some major live performances, Miss Tanzania, ZIFF (Zanzibar International Film Festival) and Kilimanjaro Music Awards to mention a few. She has also appeared in Tanzanian TV shows such as Bongo Beats – StarTV, Ben na Mei – TBC and The Chidi Beenz Show.
During 2014 SaRaha’s music has started getting airtime on major radio stations in Sweden, and her song Mbele Kiza entered the main Swedish pop charts “Svensktoppen”. In April she released her album Mbele Kiza following the two singles Dadido and Shemeji.
In March 2015 she released her first single in Swedish, Yerere.
Melodifestivalen 2016 participants (According to Nöjesbladets):
1. After Dark
2. Anna Book
4. Albin feat. Mattias Andréasson
5. ”Zlatan-Frans” Jeppsson-Wall
7. Oscar Zia
8. Ace Wilder
9. Lisa Ajax
10. Samir & Viktor (witten by Fredrik Kempe)
12. Pernilla Andersson
13. Isa Tengblad
14. Linda Bengtzing (written by Robin Stjernberg)