Tapani Kansa made his first record deal in 1967 and had a breakthrough the next year, with his version of the hit song Delilah, translated into Finnish. Tapani Kansa had established a career in singing at a very young age. He had started studying singing in the Kotka music academy in the middle 1960s. His colourful performance style brought him lots of work on the TV. His early hit songs include Kuljen taas kotiinpäin ("I am walking home again"), Eloise and Käymme yhdessä ain ("We will always go together"). In 1976, Tapani Kansa achieved great success with his songs R-A-K-A-S ("D-E-A-R"), Hafanana and Melina. The next year he released the album Mistä rakkaus alkoi ("Where did the love start"), which presented a more pop music style Tapani Kansa: The album contains a Finnish version of Elton John's song Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word - in Finnish Anteeksi on vaikea pyytää ("It is hard to apologise").
The 1970s brought rock and roll and show music to Kansa's concerts. Hits of the time included Rokkivaari Hotanen ("Hotanen, the rocking grandpa", translated from Daddy Cool by Darts) and Kalajoen hiekat ("The sands of Kalajoki", translated from California Dreamin' by The Mamas & the Papas). Veikko Nieminen brought a more sociological aspect to the lyrics in connection with the new age.
Tapani Kansa also studied singing at the Sibelius Academy from 1974 to 1978, and in the late 1970s, he enlarged his repertoire: The album Moment Musical (1978) was made in co-operation with Heikki Sarmanto, who arranged a musical version of Eino Leino's lyrics into the album. Another artist on the album was Maija Hapuoja. In 1987, Kansa recorded the classic Hopeinen Kuu ("Silver Moon") and the album Betonimylläri, containing poetry by Lauri Viita. 1988 brought Oskari Merikannon kauneimmat laulut. The album Kultaniityt (1994 introduced, among some translated songs, also Tapani Kansa as a songwriter. On the album Päivä jolloin rakastat ("The day you love", 1999), Kansa interpreted Argentinian tangos, while Valaistu ikkuna ("The lit window") included Finnish film songs. The album Salaisuudessain ("In my secret", 2002) was a return to the pop music style, and a new direction came in autumn 2004, when Tapani Kansa interpreted Tapio Rautavaara's songs on the album Tapsa ja Rautavaara.
In 2006, Kansa released the album Kulkumies ("The traveller"), which he wrote the lyrics to and co-arranged the melodies with Kassu Halonen. In the same year, Kansa was nominated for the Iskelmä-Finlandia prize.
Tapani Kansa has written and arranged his own works. He has also appeared on theatre and operettes and acted on TV. In 1987, Kansa was awarded the Erikois-Emma prize.
Tapani Kansa had a long relationship with author-journalist Nina af Enehjelm. They have two children together.
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- "Tapani Kansa discography". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
- Latva - Tuunainen: Iskelmän tähtitaivas. 500 suomalaista viihdetaiteilijaa. WSOY, 2004
- The Helmet Internet library
- Official site
- Tapani Kansa at Pomus.net
- Tapani Kansa's 20th century song works at the Finnish Recording Archive
- Tapani Kansa's 20th century conducting works at the Finnish Recording Archive
- Tapani Kansa's 20th century lyrical works at the Finnish Recording Archive
- YLE / Elävä arkisto: Tapani Kansa Jatkoajassa
- Interview with Tapani Kansa, in the 1970s (RealAudio file)
- Tapani Kansa at Last.fm