"Takasa" In various countries there were always music and bands of the Salvation Army with a modern stile. This includes the famous "Joy Strings" by Joy Webb (England), who were sometimes surprisingly far ahead in the charts. Or, for example, "Les Baladins du Ciel", who were however less well known.
In Switzerland, the idea was born that a group of Salvationists of different age should represent Switzerland at the 2013 ESC (Eurovision Song Contest). The band members are between 21 and 95 years old.
Swiss public votes for Takasa On December 15, 2012 the Swiss public chose a group from the Salvation Army as Switzerland's entry for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. Due to the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest and their organisers, the band had to change their name. "Takasa" is the name which was chosen and it means "to make pure" in Swahili. It also stands for spirituality.
Six individuals are the band members of Takasa.They all love music and belief in God. Sarah is 21 years young, and Emil celebrated his 95th birthday in February.
Katharina, Sarah, Emil, Michel, Christoph and Jonas are happy to play music wherever they are, whether it's on the street or in church.
Now they will go together to the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö. Takasa is surely an unconventional group.
Their Song "You & me", written by Hitmill Records, is quite a catchy song.
A special attraction of Takasa is the very different age of the band members. Here, the band at the show on Swiss TV: Emil (94 yrs) next to Sarah and Christopher
Emil (95): the oldest Eurovision
Sarah Breiter (21), vocals is a senior citizens' healthcare professional Christoph Jakob (31), vocals is becoming a teacher and works part-time in IT support for the Salvation Army Katharina Hauri (46), drums is a Salvation Army officer who leads the Gurzelen corps with her husband Emil Ramsauer (95), double bass is retired, offers a transport service for senior citizens, and continues to practice his former bookbinding profession in his own studio Michel Sterckx (47), trombone coordinates the Salvation Army's Projects section Jonas Gygax (22), guitar is a freelance music producer and works for a security company
In the semi-final at Malmö,Takasa received 41 points but did not reach the final. Their performance was a real contrast to the other singers in the semi-final.