Saga (singer)

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Saga (Lina Saga Carolina Erikson[1])
Born1975 (age 46–47)
Sweden
GenresRock Against Communism, White power music
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active2000–present

Saga (born 1975)[2] is a Swedish white nationalist singer-songwriter. She started as the vocalist for Symphony of Sorrow,[3] but has since become known for her tribute CDs to the band Skrewdriver and her solo projects, promoting white nationalism[citation needed] and anti-communism. She is one of the most successful Swedish white nationalist singers.[4]

Biography[edit]

Saga is the stage name of a Swedish singer born in southern Sweden in 1975.[2] She became part of the Swedish nationalist movement in her youth.[2] Following her tribute CDs, she gathered an international audience, playing concerts in Great Britain, Germany, and Finland in addition to Sweden, and briefly living in the United States before returning to Sweden in 2005.[2] Having returned, she recorded a second album with Symphony of Sorrows.[2]

Saga was featured on the front cover of the Fall 2000 edition of Resistance Magazine, a United States neo-Nazi publication. Shaun Walker of the National Alliance, a United States white power advocacy group, wrote: "... just having her in front of the camera helps our Cause. But, she also is quite good at interviews. She comes across as the girl-next-door, who also understands the dynamics of racial conflict."[5]

Saga and her music were mentioned by Anders Behring Breivik in the manifesto that he e-mailed before he detonated a bomb in Oslo in 2011. He referred to her as "the world's best and most talented English speaking patriotic musician".[6] In response to this, Saga posted an official statement on her website condemning Breivik's actions, saying "It has come to my attention that my music has been cited ... as going some way to inspiring one of the most vile and criminal acts in recent history. I cannot begin to describe how saddened I am to hear that and wanted to inform you all of my shock and utter horror at such an atrocity."[7] In an interview following Breivik's attacks, Saga added, "What I want is for people to listen to my music and go, ‘Oh, she feels the same. I’m not alone.’ My music should be an option for normal people who feel that there is something wrong, but they don't have to go out and get punched in the nose for it."[8] Following Breivik's attack and manifesto, she retreated from public life.[4]

Discography[edit]

in Symphony of Sorrow
  • Paradise Lost (2000)
  • Symphony of Hatred (2005)
as Saga
  • Live and Kicking (2000)
  • My Tribute to Skrewdriver Volume 1 (2000)
  • My Tribute to Skrewdriver Volume 2 (2000)
  • My Tribute to Skrewdriver Volume 3 (2001)
  • Midgård – Pro Patria III (2003)
  • On my own (2007)
  • Comrades Night Live (2009)
  • Weapons of choice (2014) Repackaged in 2017 as Choice of weapons

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lina Saga Carolina Erikson
  2. ^ a b c d e Teitelbaum, Benjamin R. (2017). Lions of the north : sounds of the new Nordic radical nationalism. New York, NY. ISBN 978-0-19-021259-9. OCLC 953576248.
  3. ^ "Symphony of Sorrow". Metal-archives.com. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Kärde, Rebecka. "» Sånger för nationskrigare". Arbetaren (in Swedish). Retrieved December 22, 2020.
  5. ^ [1] Archived November 14, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Swedish singer one of Breivik's idols". Stockholmnews.com. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  7. ^ "This is Saga". Thisisaga.com. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  8. ^ Teitelbaum, Benjamin, "Come Hear Our Merry Song": Shifts in the Sound of Contemporary Swedish Radical Nationalism. Ph.D. Dissertation, Brown University, 2013