Thursday, 31 January 2008
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
UPDATE: well, nothing to report - couldn't find any reviews/photos but I'm sure that Salem was wonderful as usual.
Sunday, 27 January 2008
No other news to report of course, apart from the fact that we failed to mention on 24.01.08 that "This Is Who I Am" was released exactly one year ago, a fact well worth celebrating!!
Thursday, 24 January 2008
Anyway that's the Swedish awards season over till the same time next year. Fingers crossed that Salem gets his second album out in time for the next round of nominations, although I've also now resigned myself to the fact that it will probably be 2009 before the next one.
As I said last night, expect less frequent updates on this site, now that Salem will be taking some time out for a while.
Wednesday, 23 January 2008
After tomorrow's ceremony - the last of the Swedish music awards for 2007 - it will be like the end of a chapter, closing the door on last year. I really don't know what's going to happen next for Salem, apart from the two Norwegian gigs next month. (I contacted EMI Sweden for info regarding future plans/possible UK launch/gigs but as yet have had no reply. Oh well.)
As Salem is (and always has been) such a workaholic, I'd guess that he'll now throw his considerable energy and talent into writing that eagerly awaited second album. No news on any Swedish tour dates or summer festival appearances yet, I could speculate on what that means ... but I won't. OK then, I will. Maybe recording new album? Maybe playing gigs outside Sweden? Maybe working with Snook again? Or maybe none of the above?
Whatever happens next, I'd anticipate that the postings will be less frequent over the next few months if Salem is taking some time out following what's been a high-profile, busy and successful year for him. Nevertheless this site will continue to post all the news, gossip and happenings in relation to Sweden's greatest living musical genius!!
(And don't forget to visit Salem's official site - http://www.salemalfakir.se/)
Sunday, 20 January 2008
21.02.08 Cosmopolite, Oslo - at midnight!
22.02.08 Sentrum Scene, Oslo, at 21.30.
Hopefully this will bring his music to the attention of yet another new audience.
"It's True" is at no. 25, "Good Song" is at no. 33 and "This Is Who I Am" at no. 39.
My fifteen minutes of blogging-fame have arrived :-)))
Next, and final, Swedish music awards ceremony for this year is Aftonbladet's Rockbjörnen (the Swedish people's music prize!) on Thursday 24th January, which is being broadcast live at http://www.aftonbladet.se/ on the night. Salem should, and must, win that best newcomer prize.
Thursday, 17 January 2008
In the singles chart, "Good Song" has re-entered at no. 36 whilst "It's True" is no. 42 and "This Is Who I Am" is no. 43.
Tomorrow sees the P3 Guldgalan awards, Salem is nominated in two categories - Best Live Artist : other nominees are Säkert / Laakso / Mustasch / Timo Räisänen, and Best Male Artist: other nominees are Lars Winnerbäck: "Daugava" / Jens Lekman: "Night falls over Kortedala" / Mange Schmidt: "Känslan kommer tillbaks" / Danny: "Heart.beats". I'm not so confident about these awards as I was about the Grammys, because it's a more "alternative" kind of awards thing (well, apart from Danny !!), but nevertheless we wish Salem good luck for tomorrow night and will hopefully have some good news to report soon!
I also had a right good laugh at the info section in this page, which should be a big in-joke to Salem fans, and will probably go over everyone else's head:
Band Members: Me and my frisyr and my brothers Göran Al Frisyr, Benny Al Frisyr, Sonny Al Frisyr and Åke Al Frisyr
Influences: The great Stevie Wonder, which I never actually have listened to...
Sounds Like: I don´t listen to music, so how would I know...???
Well I thought it was quite funny anyway. Obviously Salem does too, as he's one of Mr Al Frisyr's friends on his MySpace page!
Meanwhile over at the real Salem's website...I'm loving these little 'sitting here at home' posts, the last of which saw him sitting on the floor and wondering what he should eat. Can't wait for the next one Salem!
Monday, 14 January 2008
Sunday, 13 January 2008
"This Is Who I Am": title track of a rather brilliant album. Like all Salem's songs it's deceptively simple but full of musicality. The video sees him in many disguises and ends with the 'real' Salem, in his trademark pullover of course! :
"It's True" - the original version, not the Axwell/Ingrosso remix (I've now given up on this ever being released here). Such a positive and uplifting song, and a compelling video with Salem wearing a suit, walking into the sea. As you do! :
(The above three videos can also be seen at http://www.salemalfakir.se/)
The video of "Good Song" is only available on the EMI site (follow the link from http://www.emi.se/artists/salem/tiwia/index.htm ) - I'd recommend you check it out as it's very funny and perfectly shows off Salem's bright and bubbly personality. However, here is my favourite live performance of the best song of 2007, and possibly one of the most uplifting songs ever written, taken from last summer's Allsång pa Skansen TV show:
Above: On the red carpet prior to Wednesday's show. Shame he wasn't feeling well because otherwise I thought he looked really nice - I liked his hair and his suit - very unusual for him to turn up without his trademark tie!
Above: getting presented with one of his awards by Martin Stenmarck. Two lovely Swedish men on stage at the one time!
Above: This is from Swedish Radio P4's site - isn't he just lovely!!
Above: Salem winning yet another award. He deserves all of them and more!
The next award ceremony is Swedish Radio P3's Guldgalan next Friday, 18.01.08 at which he is nominated for Best Male Artist and Best Live Act. This will be broadcast on P3 and SVT1 and once again we hope that he can add to his long list of trophies.
I read recently that Salem will now be doing up his house - he might need to build an extension to hold all these awards!!
I remember reading an interview with Salem once which said that he prefers to write in English to Swedish. It will be interesting to see what direction he goes in as he develops as a lyricist. I would like to hear him write and sing in Swedish too, maybe he could do a Swedish-language album someday as a one-off project once he is a confident enough lyricist? Why be talented in one language when you can be talented in two? (Just ask Annika Norlin!)
Anyway his victory on Wednesday night seems to have been received quite positively - but you can always rely on one dissenting voice to spoil the party. "It won't be no surprise..." that the dissenting voice is none other than Aftonbladet's music correspondent Markus Larsson, the man who last year achieved his five minutes of worldwide fame for giving the Rolling Stones gig a bad review only for Keith Richards to ask him for an apology.
Following the Grammisgalan, Mr Larsson targeted Salem for one of his famous attacks, asking why someone who 'sings through his nose' should win 4 awards.
Who said 'green-eyed monster'? How many awards have you won, Mr Larsson? Let me know.
Friday, 11 January 2008
I would like to apologise therefore, because I got it wrong. I have now found out the truth about Wednesday night. Salem had been very ill before the awards and there was a strong possibility that he wouldn't have been able to perform. He had been treated with cortisone throughout the day but deteriorated prior to the show. Crisis meetings ensued backstage. But in the spirit of "The show must go on" Salem bravely soldiered on and sang "It's True" in a lower register.
Well done Salem - and get well soon!
Thursday, 10 January 2008
Tonight I'll probably watch the video clips of the acceptance speeches and his, "different" performance of "It's True" from last night.
You can never get enough of Salem, well I know I can't!!!!
It's been uploaded to YouTube so just in case it may not be around for long, here it is!
He was obviously very happy and "tired and emotional" (as we say here in the UK) !!!! :-)))
Wednesday, 9 January 2008
Tuesday, 8 January 2008
Now it's time for a blast from the past.
There is footage on TV4 Nyheterna's site http://tv4nyheterna.se/ of Salem's appearance on "Nyhetsmorgon" from 14th January 2007, yes almost a year ago. I had previously seen the clip of "Good Song" on the same show before, but hadn't seen him singing "It's True". Wow! Salem's performance of this is so sweet, captivating and full of charm. Why do I love this man and his music? Watch this clip and you will understand why. There is also a nice interview with him on the same Nyhetsmorgon show.
EDIT 15.01.08: This has now been removed from that website, but they've still got all the Grammisgalan stuff.
Monday, 7 January 2008
Two days to go....
Sunday, 6 January 2008
After the great news that Salem won the Spelmannen prize, Expressen asked its readers whether or not he deserved it. Well, it's not good news at the moment as 53% of voters say "nej" :-(( of course I wasn't one of those voters - it's a ja! from me...
There is another poll on the Expressen website asking "what's your favourite Salem Al Fakir song?"
Results stand like this at the moment:
"Good Song" - 45.4% (I voted for this as my favourite too)
"It's True" - 23.4%
"This Is Who I Am" - 21.3%
"Dream Girl" - 9.9% (thought this would have been higher?)
I don't know how long these polls usually run for, but I may check back tomorrow to see if the results have changed.
I understand the point that Salem is trying to make, when good artistic efforts are diluted in this way, (and I certainly get annoyed at gigs when everyone is taking pictures or video on their phones yet you aren't even allowed to take a camera into a concert venue) however as long as this technology exists, and websites exist to allow such material to be uploaded, then it would appear to be a losing battle.
Since I discovered Salem's music 6 months ago, I visited YouTube and watched every single video posted there, whether official or not. The quality of these vary from good to extremely poor, but I'm still glad that they exist as it has given me the chance to see his promo videos and live performances - especially as I don't live in Sweden and therefore have never had the opportunity to watch him play live either at a concert venue or see him on television.
What I would really like Salem to do over the coming year or two - apart from the international launch and the release of the second album - is to bring out a live DVD, then we could all enjoy his top quality live performance on an equally top quality DVD instead of inferior mobile footage on YouTube!
Saturday, 5 January 2008
It was a slow and quite sad song (a bit of a change for him), which he played solo on the keyboard, and was rather nice even if it sounded a bit unfinished.
I wanted to hear it again today so went back to YouTube only to find that the video had been removed by the user. Not happy about this, don't know why it's been removed. I hope there's a valid reason for removing this video..
Thursday, 3 January 2008
If anyone has any footage of any new songs from the recent Swedish tour - can they please upload this to YouTube!!
6 days to go till the Grammisgalan....hoping that someone posts any clips of Salem playing live and/or when he goes up to collect his awards next week!