Ulf Ekberg

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Ulf Ekberg
Ulf Ekberg in December 2012
Ulf Ekberg in December 2012
Background information
Birth nameUlf Gunnar Ekberg
Also known asBuddha
Born (1970-12-06) 6 December 1970 (age 51)
Gothenburg, Sweden
GenresPop
Occupation(s)Keyboardist, songwriter, singer, businessman, television producer, film producer
InstrumentsKeyboard instrument, voice
Years active1983–present

Ulf Gunnar Ekberg (born 6 December 1970), also known as Buddha, is a Swedish singer-songwriter, musician, businessman and television and film producer, best known as a founding member of the pop group Ace of Base, along with siblings Jonas Berggren, Linn Berggren and Jenny Berggren.

Life and career[edit]

Ace of Base released its debut album in 1992 and went on to attain major chart success throughout the 1990s. Ekberg played an integral part in the production of the Happy Nation album, co-writing nearly all of the album's tracks. Ekberg would continue to provide writing and production for the group's future works, notably the singles "Love in December" and "All for You."

Ekberg has produced several artists, TV productions, films and events and has sold over 50 million records world wide.[citation needed]

In 2009, he started a new music production/publishing and management company together with Jonas Berggren based in LA, London and Stockholm.[citation needed]

After Ekberg experienced the tsunami in Phuket, Thailand, he founded the Surin Relief Fund to support affected children by providing facilities to educate children and care for orphaned children.[1]

On 27 March 1993, Expressen reported that Ekberg had once been a member of a band called "Commit Suiside" [sic].[2] Commit Suiside was a band active in Gothenburg from 1984 to 1986, when Ulf was between the ages of 14 and 16, described as "a New Wave music band creating and performing electronic music on synthesizers without any political touch or agenda."[3] In 1998, songs that were claimed to have been recorded by Commit Suiside (with explicit racist lyrics) were released on the unauthorized album Uffe was a Nazi!.[4] However, the cited songs were not recorded by Commit Suiside.[5] Other media outlets reported that Ekberg had been a neo-nazi in his youth, which Ekberg has repeatedly expressed regret for.[6][7]

Ekberg has repented of and criticized this part of his life multiple times since its reporting. In the 1997 documentary Our Story, Ekberg said: "I told everyone I really regret what I've done. [...] I took the experience from it, I learned from it. But that life is not me. It's somebody else." In 2013, he said: "During the early 1990s I did dozens of interviews, all around the world, about the people I sometimes found myself surrounded by in the 1980s and how profoundly regretful I am now about associating with such individuals. Those interviews covered every aspect of my past as I strove to be an open book to anyone who asked. [...] The teenage mistakes I did make in terms of my chosen ideas at the time were unfortunate and if I were to live through those days again I would have done things very differently! I’m truly deeply sorry for any hurt and disappointment this has caused for our fans and I want to be very clear that Ace of Base never shared any of these opinions and strongly oppose all extremist opinions on both the right and left wing."[5]

Personal life[edit]

Ekberg dated the Swedish model/actress Emma Sjöberg from 1994 to 2000. Until summer 2010, Ekberg lived in London.[8] He currently lives in Stockholm with his girlfriend Johanna Aybar and their three children.

Writing[edit]

Ekberg has written and produced the following songs:

With Jonas Berggren[edit]

  • "Wheel of Fortune"
  • "All That She Wants"
  • "Young and Proud"
  • "Living in Danger"
  • "My Mind"
  • "Dancer in Daydream"
  • "Happy Nation"
  • "Voulez-Vous Danser"
  • "Waiting for Magic"
  • "Münchhausen (Just Chaos)"
  • "Blah, blah, blah on the Radio"
  • "Southern California"
  • "One Day"
  • "Doreen"
  • "Precious"
  • "Black Sea"
  • "Vision in Blue"
  • "Who am I"
  • "Told My Ma"

With Jonas, Jenny, & Malin Berggren[edit]

  • "Hear Me Calling"
  • "Love In December"
  • "Change With the Light"

With StoneStream & John Ballard[edit]

  • "Qué Será"
  • "Perfect World"
  • "Edge of Heaven"
  • "Look Around Me" (Unreleased)
  • "Angel of Love" (Unreleased)

With John Ballard[edit]

  • "Mercy Mercy"
  • "I Pray"
  • "Don't Go Away"

With Jonas Berggen & Jonas Saeed[edit]

  • "All For You"
  • "The Golden Ratio"

With Jonas Berggren, Ari Lehtonen and D. Massy[edit]

  • "Mr Replay"

Vocals[edit]

Ekberg has contributed vocals to the following songs:

  • "All That She Wants"
  • "Wheel of Fortune"
  • "Living in Danger"
  • "My Mind"
  • "Happy Nation"
  • "Don't Turn Around"
  • "Waiting for Magic"
  • "Fashion Party"
  • "Münchhausen (Just Chaos)"
  • "Hear Me Calling"
  • "Perfect World"
  • "I Pray"
  • "Change With the Light"
  • "All For You"
  • "Mr Replay"
  • "Prime Time"
  • "Look Around Me"
  • "Angel of Love"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Surinrelieffund.com Archived October 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Just Don't Mention You-Know-Who : Ace of Base is a Swedish pop vocal group with two men and two women--but don't ask them about ABBA. - Los Angeles Times".
  3. ^ "Ace of Base's Ulf Ekberg Speaks Out About Alleged Past Nazi Ties". April 25, 2013.
  4. ^ Jörgen Holmstedt (June 17, 1998). "Jag är på väg ut ur mörkret". Aftonbladet (in Swedish).
  5. ^ a b "Ace of Base Responds To Nazi Allegations". HuffPost. April 24, 2013.
  6. ^ wil gerken, nathan hendler, doug floyd, john banks. "Music: How Swede It Is (The Boston Phoenix 05-08-00)". weeklywire.com. Retrieved April 14, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Larsson, Stieg (2001). Sverigedemokraterna: den nationella rörelsen. Ordfront. p. 111. ISBN 91-7324-877-0.
  8. ^ "Ekberg: Hon kom aldrig till studion". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved July 26, 2020.

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