Shine on like a Star
Three stars and as many musical styles come together in the song ’Shine on like a
Star’ Out 30th of April 2019
The song is a multicultural project in which Dogge Doggelito raps, the Swedish-Lebanese
artist Therese Neaime sings in English, and Hurnermend Diylar sings in Kurdish and
plays the Buzuq.
– It´s an international song – global music – where three completely different styles
come together in a heady mix, " says Dogge Doggelito who, for the first time in his
career, raps in English.
– We thought of all the fake news, trolls, threats, and hatred in social media when we
wrote the song. It´s about how everyone wants to control and affect you, and that it´s
time to think for yourself and Shine on like a star instead," says Therése Neaimé.
It was when the three artists met up during a Mångfaldsfestival in Märsta, that they
decided to collaborate on a project. They all contributed to both lyrics and music, with
each bringing their unique sound based on their diverse backgrounds to the table.
The song is like a mosaic of diversity in Sweden. The different music styles enrich each
other and create a more beautiful result – in the same way that, while one color is fine,
multiple colors can make a whole rainbow, " says Hurnermend Dilyar.
Hurnermend Dilyar is an internationally recognized Kurdish-Swedish singer-
songwriter and musician who tours all over the world. He has released five albums of his
own, as well as being a singer and musician in George Graham's Orchestra. He works for
integration in collaboration with David DJ Maytan.
Therése Neaimé is a singer and actor with Swedish and Lebanese roots, drawing
inspiration from both cultures. She has released three solo albums, two EPs, and has
toured the world over. She has achieved great success in the Middle East, as well as in
the United States and Europe. She also gives lectures on social inclusion.
Dogge Doggelito (Douglas León) is an artist, actor and writer with Swedish and
Venezuelan roots. Formerly the frontman of The Latin Kings, he has also released four
solo records. He has fought racism since the mid-1990’s, and gives lectures on diversity and inclusion.
Text: Therese Neaime, Caroline Gustavsson, Dogge Doggelito.
Music: Therese Neaime, Caroline Gustavsson, Dogge Doggelito and Hurnermend Dilyar.
Produced by: Joakim Dalqvist.