Tooji

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Tooji
Birth name Touraj Keshtkar[1]
Also known as Tooji
Born (1987-05-26) May 26, 1987 (age 27)
Origin Shiraz, Iran
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, Model, Television host, social worker
Years active 2008–present

Touraj Keshtkar[1] (Persian: تورج کشتکار‎) (born May 26, 1987), known as Tooji, is a Norwegian-Iranian singer,painter, model and television host. Tooji represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan and finished 26th in the final.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Tooji holds a bachelor degree in child welfare. He has worked in asylum reception centers helping children and teenager refugees and victims of human trafficking. This work motivated him to use his songs and profile to speak out for those who suffer in silence. Tooji is a supporter of LGBT and women's rights, as well as a supporter of Green Wave, Iran's democratic reform movement. Tooji wore a Free Iran green bracelet[3] during his performance in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Career[edit]

Tooji was born in Shiraz, Iran, moved to Norway when he was one year old.[4] At the age of 16 he started modeling. After the model work, he started working on MTV Norway where he presented "Super Saturday" and "Tooji's Top 10".[5] He was also educated as a social worker and has worked in asylum reception centres.[6] Now he works as a child protection consultant in the department of after-care.

He won Melodi Grand Prix 2012 and was given the opportunity to represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan with his entry "Stay".[7] Tooji finished last (26th) with 7 Points.

On March 10, 2012, he presented the international jury votes on behalf of Norway at the finals of Melodifestivalen 2012, the Swedish preselection. On May 18, 2013, he presented the Norwegian votes for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 held in Malmö, Sweden.

Since 2012, Tooji presents, with Margrethe Roed , the Melodi Grand Prix Junior in Norway.

New song in 2013 : "Rebels" .Tooji himself describes ‘Rebels’ as “dramatic pop-dance, with new organic elements blended in with hard electronica“.[8]

With the release of the song Packin' Guns [9] in 2014 Tooji revealed a new depth both artistically and visually. Electronic elements mixed with urban heavy and organic sound. Tooji uses irony in contrast to dark and heavy beat. With his education and background as a social worker, his songs often express a political message. He moved to Stockholm to advance his sound.

Tooji’s latest single Cocktail deals with the gender roles in today’s society.[10] His new album moves in a direction where the negro-spiritual sound meets strong electronic elements, creating a whole new genre and style.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
NOR
2012 "Stay" 2 TBA
Non-charting

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Touraj Keshtkar - Skatten 2010 - Skattelister.no - VG Nett". Skattelister.no. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  2. ^ "Tooji vant MGP: - Jeg vant! - VG Nett om Melodi Grand Prix". Vg.no. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  3. ^ "Azerbaijan and Iran locked in a spat over rumours of a gay parade". 
  4. ^ "Tooji – Artist og menneskevenn". Ambisjoner.no. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  5. ^ "TV-kjendiser raser etter at sjef lurte muslimsk ansatt - VG Nett om Tro og livssyn". Vg.no. 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  6. ^ AV: arve henriksen. "Tooji knuste forhåndsfavorittene - Aftenposten". Aftenposten.no. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  7. ^ "– Han er fryktløs og skamløs" (in Norwegian Bokmål). siste.no. 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  8. ^ "Scandipop.co.uk – Tooji: ‘Rebels’". Scandipop.co.uk. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Nykomlingen Tooji: "Jag blev olycklig av Eurovision"". WiMP ♥ Musik. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  10. ^ NRK (23 September 2014). "Guttete og jentete". NRK. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Eurovision Norway: Tooji unveils Packin' guns music video". esctoday.com. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Stella Mwangi
with "Haba Haba"
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
2012
Succeeded by
Margaret Berger
with "I Feed You My Love"