28 Feb, 2011
just got a message that my song "Peace! (Give the people the power back)" was being played on J-Wave, definitely one of japan's best radio channels when it comes to music. it's allegedly the most popular radio station in greater Tokyo area (35-40 million inhabitants) but can be heard online all over japan at radiko.jp. j-wave is the station where i have been invited to perform live on-air two times when in tokyo.
it really is a wonderful feeling that both big and small radio stations are picking up on my new music, both in europe and japan.
keep spreading the song! democracy is slowly returning to the peoples of the world.
28 Feb, 2011
to give room for my thoughts on Democracy and Society, i've started a new blog at
i'll continue to write here about things concerning me, my music, my thoughts in general, etc.
however, i feel that the time is ripe for supporting a change in our society. the transit needs to be started now, before we run out of oil or clean fresh-water.
we can do anything together.
today we DO NOT have a true democracy, i'd say ANYWHERE. i advocate creating a new, internet-based DIrect Democracy, where we no longer need full-time politicians in parliaments.
and where the votes can no longer be SOLD to the company with the strongest lobbyists.
our system of Representative Democracy is outdated. it was introduced as it became physically impossible for citizens to join the voting in the Townhall on a specific day each week, or month.
to vote once every 4 years is NOT DEMOCRATIC.
especially when 'our' politicians don't follow our wish.
the system we have today is conflict-CREATING, it supports conflicts for the sake of sales or export or short-term profits, and from the following inequality between individuals or countries or peoples rise conflicts, terror and war.
with an internet-based direct democracy, we can all become more involved in OUR OWN WORLD.
our greed is making the world collapse.
we can stop that from happening but it's necessary that we do it together.
22 Feb, 2011
Libya's justice minister has quit, several ambassadors in different countries have done the same. leader Gaddafi claims he is in Tripoli and not in Venezuela.
quite a strange statement. but after 41 years of dictatorship it's time for him to go as well.
where is he welcome after having ordered his armed forces to kill the demonstrants?? hundreds of people have apparently been brutally shot down in the streets of libya during the latest week. it's probably just Saudi Arabia that welcomes him.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/fe ... et-gaddafi
oil prices go up because the world depends on these countries. is that's why western (and other) countries have not condemned these regimes earlier? we have been continously selling weapons and armoured vehicles to libya and many other countries for ages, and buying their oil.
let's just care about money!
let's continue pretending that everything is perfect, so i can drive around in my oversized car listening to radio with ads but without news.
it's a bubble.
the developments in the arab world are shaking the whole world. and after the US recently vetoed the UN condemnation of israeli settlements, the palestines are furious. let's not forget the history. let's ask the US which powerful forces BEHIND the government is making the rules. you can't blame Obama, he has no real power.
but palestinians plan a 'day of anger', as we have seen it in other arab countries recently, with mass demonstrations, on this friday. the development is written in the stars, but the world is changing, and the prosperous 'western' countries is beginning to see an end to the colonial era.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/fe ... settlement
it's about time, and i stand completely behind the idea of democracy.
also from a world-perspective: why should some countries on the northern hemisphere make the rules for all the world?
that's not democracy in the first place.
my democracy song on youtube soon has 2000 views!
send the video to your friends, download the song to your ipod, send it to your cousins. it's free for the sake of democracy:
download links are here:
20 Feb, 2011
the unrest of the people in bahrain seems to pay off. police and military withdraws. the government should too, as it's not supposed to be there in the first place.
during the last month people have started to stand up for themselves in MANY arab countries in the middle east and northern africa. it's not difficult to feel happy for the people's success in Egypt to tear down such a long dictatorship.
it is however, difficult to accept that the countries in the european union (such as sweden where i come from) and the usa have not cared about these 'democratic issues' before.
big (mostly western) corporations make billions every year by putting their manufacturing in low-cost countries in asia, northern africa and south america.
people who work in banana plantations die of cancer at the age of 35 because of the pesticides used to keep the fruit 'fresh'; people who work in clothing factories get skin diseases because of the chemicals used in the production; children work as unpaid slaves in african mines digging for diamonds and other metals; the list can go on forever.
about one year ago 21 workers died in a factory in Bangladesh which produces clothes for successful swedish clothing chain H&M. the doors to the factory were apparently LOCKED, and when the fire began, people could not escape. another 50 persons were injured.
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style ... 14292.html
this takes us to my point. we do live in a globalised world, which it wouldn't make any sense to change, it would only take us back in time instead of learning from our 'mistakes' and move forward.
it seems the biggest obstacle is the Human Ego. because BILLIONS of people knows about these horrible problems but we don't do anything about them. the big corporations KNOWS about them but they don't care because they need to maximise their profit and make their shareholders happy. the governments DON'T SEE the problems because the corporations pay them to keep quiet.
one can see the uprisings in africa and the middle east as something more than just a 'call for democracy' or 'more rights to the oppressed peoples'. in the end, it's the fact that people live under such poor conditions that gives us people in the 'developed' parts of the world to live in luxury.
but someone has to pay the price.
the 'developed' governments (such as Sweden, England or the USA) have been supporting these oppressive governments in the arab world all the time, and they have never complained before. suddenly, with the massive demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt, they started to ask for 'change' and 'respect for the wish of the people'.
that's what i call double standard. it's called 'double moral' in swedish, but it's the same thing. it's pure hypocrisy.
we have supported these horrible governments for our own 'peace of mind', for our own corporations to make as big profits as possible.
but now the people have started to demand an end to this.
the world today is indeed a rest of the COLONIALISM. companies in the developed world use the poor conditions in other countries to maximise their profit.
we need an end to this.
i'm asking for true democracy now. a democracy that comes from the people, and not from the EGO of the owners of corporations.
there's just one planet earth, and we are very much here together, all of us. it doesn't matter where you're born or what language you speak. we're all brothers and sisters, and we need to help eachother.
we cannot force another human being to live as a slave because we want glittering jewelry or noisy mobile phones. we need to care about the environment. we need to care about eachother.
i sincerely hope that the uprisings in the arab world will bring a final end to the colonialism that our elected governments don't seem to care about. swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt previously was a prominent shareholder in questionable companies in the Oil and Gas industries (i don't know as of today).
and he is the foreign minister of sweden?
but just the fact that he is a multi-millionaire whose riches come from buying and selling shares in companies that allegedly have killed and forced away people in africa from their homes and villages, can he ever be a good foreign minister?
he is all about ego.
unfortunately i must say that people like him is what makes Democracy and Peace impossible. people like him cling to their thick wallets while drooling something about 'the interest of the country'.
it's just bullshit.
but as long as all of us just care about ourselves, nothing will change. capitalism and democracy just don't go together.
the arab countries have reached a point where the people have had enough. they can take NO MORE. and the change must begin now. and they can only do this TOGETHER.
i deeply and honestly respect and support the courage and strength of the people in the arab world today. they do what is necessary. what we see now is hopefully the beginning of a new, more equal and more democratic world.
when will democracy come to europe and america?
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keep downloading the song and send to your friends. empower the people now!
19 Feb, 2011
if you already subscribe to my monthly newsletter, then you already have the 2 FREE download songs that come with the subscription.
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at this moment, this free song is a duet i recorded last year with a singer from Brazil.
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15 Feb, 2011
my Musical, with all-original songs, is progressing by leaps and bounds.
i am very proud to announce that i just received a new grant/scholarship from The Scholarship Foundation for Studies of Japanese Society, based in Sweden.
this gives me the possibility to begin the recordings of the Musical Album in Tokyo during this summer!
the 30 songs needs to be arranged, rehearsed and recorded by a total of about 20 musicians, playing instruments like Shakuhachi, Taiko, Koto, Erhu, and the more 'normal Musical style' instruments like strings, woodwind and horn section, drums, bass, guitar and keyboards. this is planned to begin in June 2011.
studies of japanese society? yes, the musical mainly takes place in Japan (and the rest in Sweden), and the story handles issues such as Karoshi (death from overwork), empowering of young women in a male-oriented society weighed down by traditions, and cross-cultural understanding. i'm comparing self-centered western/swedish thinking with unselfish japanese tradition. sometimes we have to be humble. but other times, we have to be strong and stand up for what we believe in.
we all have something to learn from different cultures.
we look for PRODUCERS and SPONSORS for the staging of the musical, please contact Peacebird Music Productions for more information:
peacebirdmusic (*) gmail.com
i will soon make previews of all songs available officially, just give me another month to finish the demo recordings. it's about 100 minutes of music, so it's not "done in a coffee break" as we say in sweden.
12 Feb, 2011
tonight's live performance at Tsuki Miru Kimi Omou went very well. the audience was wonderful and the atmosphere great. lovely sound and light systems, thank you very much!
here's a picture. i love the big moon in the background!
thank you everyone who came to listen. i hope you enjoyed it as much as i did!
12 Feb, 2011
the snowman turned into a rabbit overnight.
yesterday it was snowing most of the day! the snow melts quite fast, but we succeeded to make a tiny-tiny little snowman on the balcony!
it is the year of the rabbit after all. and as if by Magic, the snowman turned itself into a rabbit!
yes, it's tiny - about 10 centimeters tall. it will probably be gone when i come back tonight from my gig at Tsukimiru.
sweden has snowstorms again, so i can't really say i long to go back. winter is the worst season in sweden. don't misunderstand me, i like snow. but i prefer warm weather.
i can feel a hint of spring coming. don't you?
12 Feb, 2011
mubarak resigns after 30 years as the president of egypt. wonderful news to find when drinking the morning coffee in tokyo.
my thoughts are with the people of egypt, with the people who have struggled and with the families of the victims that have died along the way.
now, next step is just as important. a system change is necessary, who will bring it?
this can mark a new era in the modern world. the power of the USA may be diminished, for better and for worse.
today i'm with the people of egypt!
may peace be with you all the way.
08 Feb, 2011
japanese radio station Kamakura FM 82.8 will play my new song later today, in the program "Seaside Cafe 828".
swedish and japanese radio then, today. hopefully tokyo station J-Wave will play it too this week.
let's continue to spread the link and the song:
Peace and Love to you all!