Monday, September 03, 2007

It's prizegiving time!

We never need an excuse for a gratuitous Salem pic of course, but for once I've got some hot-off-the-press news about my favourite Swedish genius...!

Yesterday saw the announcement of the three winners of the Monica Zetterlund-stipendiet, which is an annual grant set up in the memory of the late but much loved Swedish jazz singer, and which is given to outstanding musicians, both new and established. In the 'established' category the prize was awarded to jazz musicians Bernt Rosengren and Ulf Andersson, whilst the best young musician prize (all 20000 kronor of it!) went to Salem Al Fakir, whom the prizegiving board described as a 'pianist, violinist, singer and composer in Monica's spirit, without any musical prejudices'. Well done that man!
In an interview with Aftonbladet this week, Salem revealed that he'll soon start work on his new album but couldn't say when it would be released (Autumn 2008 or any time sooner will suit us fine!).

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