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From left to right: Katharina, Jonas, Christoph, Sarah, Emil and Michel
Background information
Also known as Heilsarmee
Origin Switzerland
Labels HitMill Records
Website www.heilsarmee.ch
Members Sarah Breiter
Jonas Gygax
Katharina Hauri
Christoph Jakob
Emil Ramsauer
Michel Sterckx

Takasa is a Swiss group that represented Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden.[1] The group consists of six Salvation Army soldiers.[2]


Eurovision Song Contest 2013[edit]

The band, originally named 'Heilsarmee', participated in the Swiss national final with the song "You and Me". They qualified to the national final through the online selection organized by SF. On 15 December 2012, they won the Swiss national final, therefore they represented Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.

On 17 December 2012, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced that the band would not be permitted to compete under the name 'Heilsarmee' (German for 'Salvation Army') at the Eurovision Song Contest, in accordance with the rules of the contest forbidding political and religious content.[3] In March 2013, the group announced that they would be known as 'Takasa' for the contest; officially, the name was taken from the Swahili verb "to purify," but it has been noted to be an acronym of "The Artists Known As Salvation Army" (an allusion to The Artist Formerly Known As Prince).[4] This is also similar to the time when the Sex Pistols toured under the name 'Spots' (Sex Pistols On Tour, Secretly.)

The members of the band have a major age difference as the oldest member—bassist Emil Ramsauer—is 95 (born 1918), and their youngest member—singer Sarah Breiter—is 22 (born 1991).

[5] The band also wore different outfits for Eurovision, barred from wearing Salvation Army uniforms by the same rules.[6]



Title Year Chart positions Album
"You and Me" 2012 21 TBA


  1. ^ "Switzerland has chosen for Malmö: It is Heilsarmee". Esctoday.com. 2012-12-15. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  2. ^ "Switzerland: Heilsarmee to Malmö! | escXtra". Escxtra.com. 2012-12-15. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  3. ^ Floras, Stella (17 December 2012). "Swiss Salvation Army name and uniform cannot be used in Malmö". esctoday.com. 
  4. ^ ""Waterfall" von Nodi & Sophie (Georgien)". ESC Music. 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  5. ^ "Switzerland - Takasa - You and Me". The Malmö Collection. 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Switzerland: New name, outfit and video for Heilsarmee!". ESCToday.com. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Heilsarmee - Songs" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
Preceded by
with "Unbreakable"
Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "Hunter of Stars"