Firstly, the soundtrack album of "Trollkarlen Från Oz", the musical written by Salem and Pontus de Wolfe for the Glada Hudik theatre, was released last month. The album features an all-star cast of well-known Swedish musical talents from past and present, including Tommy Körberg, Sarah Dawn Finer, Lisa Nilsson, Ulrik Munther and Eva Dahlgren. Salem and Pontus appear on a couple of tracks, "Ouvertyr" and "Jag Vill Gå Bredvid Dig" both of which have a retro, early 70's feel.
The musical is the subject of a new TV4 documentary series, "Trollkarlen Från Glada Hudik" and if you live in Sweden you can watch it at http://www.tv4.se/trollkarlen-fr%C3%A5n-glada-hudik however those of us living outside Sweden can't watch it due to TV4's "not available in your region" rules.
The other thing I wanted to mention was the disappearance of www.salemalfakir.com, Salem's official website, which has existed for the past few years. I don't know the reasons why the site has been closed down, and although I prefer to write about facts rather than rumours on this blog, I would guess that it has closed for one of the following reasons:
- Is it because Salem no longer performing as a solo recording artist? It has now been almost four years since "Ignore This" was released - it feels like a lifetime! - and after his well-deserved break after years of touring and recording, he may have decided to take his career in a different direction: to focus on writing songs for other artists. Salem has always collaborated with other artists of course, but his songwriting partnership with Vincent Pontare and Magnus Lidehäll (rewarded this week with a Swedish Grammy) has really come to the fore this year, writing for established artists Petter and Veronica Maggio, but also "Younger" for a hotly-tipped new singer Seinabo Sey. It's worth noting that Vincent has also put his solo music career on hold...
- Could Salem be ready to relaunch his solo career, perhaps with a new album and a new record company? Could this mean a brand new official website is on the way?
So what's happening? We need answers!!