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Di Leva

Growing up in the medium-sized town of Gävle, Thomas Magnusson took on his mother's maiden name, Di Leva, thus creating one of Sweden's most peculiar stage personalities. Mixing an extremely flowery and theatrical stage show with smart and inventive pop, Di Leva soon won the hearts of critics. Musically, he borrowed airy synthesized harmonies from new age music, lyrical skill from singer/songwriters, and effective choruses from mainstream pop. But his new age-inspired message of kindness and universal love also spurred negative reactions, from people dismissing him as silly or fake to actual fights at concerts. Conservative religious groups also had a hard time accepting lyrics like "Everyone is Jesus". At the end of the '90s, his first ...

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Amid all the familiar creative journeys made back and forth between Europe and the United States, a brand new route is opening up for business in 2006. It’s the one between Malmö (Sweden) and Nashville, with a little diversion to Dublin, and the group making the connection is Calaisa.

The four girls in Calaisa are ready to demonstrate that the pop sensibilities of Scandinavia and the musical traditions of Tennessee are perfect partners. Especially when you add some Celtic instrumentation and the experience of two pairs of sisters, who prove that the group that plays together stays together.

It’s there to be heard on ‘Hey Girl,’ the first single from a self-titled debut album that will establish Lisa, Caisa, Anna, Ma...

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