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Tooji

Iranian-Norwegian Tooji comes from a close-knit family with a strong passion for music and the creative arts. In May he will represent Norway in Baku with the song Stay, something that he says can provide him with a chance to be heard. 

Tooji was born in Shiraz in Iran in 1988. He had his first birthday whilst fleeing to Norway.


The family’s Persian traditions and roots have given Tooji strong references, both musically and personally. A good life with a close-knit family in a new country has influenced his upbringing and life choices since.


With a strong wish to express impressions and feelings Tooji has gone his own creative ways, and after art school and theatre school, it was finally music that became closest to Tooji’s heart.


In addition to devoting himself to his passions, the experience of working in kindergartens and with after-school-activities, young people and asylum seekers, has given Tooji an even more important mission in life: To give a voice to those who would otherwise not have been heard.


Some choices have been more important than others, and working with refugees in asylum centres has made its mark on him.


-“I was incredibly happy that I had my family here, a comfy bed, food and a roof over my head. At the same time it made me very sad too see all these people, children and youngsters, with so much misery and sadness in their eyes. It put things into perspective.”


Tooji completed his studies in child protection, and he now works as a child protection consultant in the department of after-care, a job he finds intense and socially important, challenging and vital. In encounters with youngsters the problems are often similar, regardless of where they come from.


-“When I dedicated myself to causes and people I wanted to help, I knew the political arguments, the rules and regulations – but nobody listened. It was so frustrating! My devotion alone wasn’t enough, and that became an important motivational factor in my burning wish to get a voice that someone would listen to.” 


To Tooji it’s all about music making it possible. Music is the driving force. Music can provide Tooji with a chance to be heard.


On February the 11th Tooji wins Melodi Grand Prix, to represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest. The people have spoken. His song “Stay” immediately tops iTunes, and Tooji becomes an overnight sensation. Tooji has found his arena, and we want to listen.

Lyrics of Stay

I hear music as I walk down the street
Start moving to the rhythm, heart is pumping the beat
I hear the people shout out
Turn up the music louder
Better start running if you can’t stand the heat

What’s it doing to me, I feel it set me free
It’s like I’m losing all control
You know it’s making me hot, and baby I don’t stop
It’s like a fire in my soul

I don’t know what I am doing tonight
But this rush it is making me stronger
I don’t know if it’s wrong or it’s right
But I know: I want you to
STAY, nanananana
STAY, nanananana

My heart beats faster as I’m scanning the crowd
My meters are peaking, I can tell you’re around
It’s like I’m on a high now
Nothing can pull me down now
Sirens are calling and I can’t kill the sound

What’s it doing to me, I feel it set me free
It’s like I’m losing all control
You know it’s making me hot, and baby I don’t stop
It’s like a fire in my soul

I don’t know what I am doing tonight
But this rush it is making me stronger
I don’t know if it’s wrong or it’s right
But I know: I want you to
STAY, nanananana
STAY, nanananana

Work it, move your body baby, you better work, you better work, come on now

Work it move your body baby, you better work, you better work

I don’t know what I am doing tonight
But this rush it is making me stronger
I don’t know if it’s wrong or it’s right
But I know: I want you to

Stay (I don’t know what I am doing tonight)
But this rush it is making me stronger
I don’t know if it’s wrong or it’s right
But I know: I want you to
STAY, nanananana
STAY, nanananana
J’entends de la musique en descendant la rue
Me mets à bouger en rythme, mon coeur battant en cadence
J’ai comme une envie de crier
Mettez la musique plus fort
Faut que je coure si je ne supporte pas la chaleur

Quel effet tu me fais, c’est comme si tu me libérais
Et je perds tout contrôle
Tu sais que tu m’allumes et je ne veux pas que tu arrêtes
Comme un feu dans mon âme

Je ne sais pas ce que je fais ce soir
Mais cette ivresse me rend plus fort
Je me fiche de savoir si c’est bien ou mal
Mais ce que je sais, c’est que je veux que tu
RESTES, nanananana
RESTES, nanananana

Mon coeur bat plus fort tandis que je scrute la foule
Mon vu-mètre est au maximum, je sais que tu es tout près
Je suis maintenant comme sur un nuage
Rien ne peut désormais me faire redescendre
Les sirènes retentissent et je ne peux pas les faire taire

Quel effet tu me fais, c’est comme si tu me libérais
Et je perds tout contrôle
Tu sais que tu m’allumes et je ne veux pas que tu arrêtes
Comme un feu dans mon âme

Je ne sais pas ce que je fais ce soir
Mais cette ivresse me rend plus fort
Je me fiche de savoir si c’est bien ou mal
Mais ce que je sais, c’est que je veux que tu
RESTES, nanananana
RESTES, nanananana

Vas-y, bouge ton corps, chéri, allez, vas-y
Vas-y, bouge ton corps, chéri, allez, vas-y