How a former refugee sang his way to Swede success


How a former refugee sang his way to Swede success

Tusse, Sweden’s Eurovision hopeful, started life in a Ugandan camp, thinking his parents were dead

Ilze Filks

For Sweden’s 2021 Eurovision Song Contest contender, it felt like entering a new world coming to the Nordic country at the age of eight from a Ugandan refugee camp.

Nineteen-year-old Tusse, whose real name is Tousin Chiza, will represent Sweden in the competition in the Netherlands in May with the song Voices.

Born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and separated from his parents at the age of five during an attempted escape from the civil war-torn African country, he spent three years in a refugee camp with an aunt before being granted asylum in Sweden...

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