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Swedish-Iranian Musician Crosses Over
Perhaps one of the only Iranian singers who has been able to cross over to “the other side”, Arash is a young, energetic and well-known artist that has taken the world by storm with his music. Since his debut on 2004, when his first song hit the charts, Arash has had a string of successes in his native Sweden and worldwide. Perhaps his most famous song is 'Boro Boro', which was then followed by the hit singles “Temptation”, 'Arash' and “Tike Tike Kardi”.
Arash has won many awards, including two grammy’s in Russia as well as the Midem awards for the artist who has sold more within the EU than the country he resides in.
Arash has recently started a tour with the debut of his new album “Temptation”. We had a chance to ask him a few questions.
Shabnam Rezaei: Tell us a little about yourself.
Arash Labaf: I grew up in Teheran until I was 9 and then we moved to Sweden. It was really hard to fit in, in the beginning but I made it, some how. I studied at the same time I made my music. I have always loved music and will always do. I started first as a song writer and producer. I made music for other musicians, but one day I decided to start my own career as a singer.
SR: Tell us about your first hit song and what that felt like for you.
AL: BORO BORO. The song is written about my ex-girlfriend. The feeling to have a world wide hit is not easy to explain. I have Persian fans everywhere. And I’ve had a couple of number one hit songs in Sweden so my fan base is pretty big here and so is the rest of Europe. To be Persian in Sweden has been a hard road for me, but life is always full of surprises.
SR: What is your hope for Iran’s youth today?
AL: Freedom, education and wealth.
SR: Where do you find inspiration?
AL: In people, airplanes, books, my own life and lots of other things.
SR: Tell us about what you are working on now and what is next.
AL: I am almost done with my new album. I am going on a world tour and you can check out the dates and locations on my website. I have also been collaborating with some very famous artist which I will tell you about very soon.
For more on Arash, visit the Arash Website.