Alf Hambe

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Alf Gunnar Hambe
Hambe in 2011
Hambe in 2011
Background information
Born(1931-01-24)24 January 1931
Rävinge, Halland, Sweden
Died6 May 2022(2022-05-06) (aged 91)
Occupation(s)Composer, author, singer
Years active1959–2019

Alf Gunnar Hambe[1] (24 January 1931 – 6 May 2022)[2][3] was a Swedish author, composer, and singer-songwriter, who was influential in the genre of Swedish ballads (visor).[4]

Hambe was born in Rävinge near Halmstad in Halland, on the west coast of Sweden. His father, Johan Hambe, was a teacher and headmaster at the local school, and he also played the violin and wrote poetry.[3] Alf Hambe went to school in Halmstad. After his graduation (studentexamen) in 1951, he studied in Helsingborg to become a primary school teacher. [5]

He moved to Gothenburg in 1954, and had several temporary teaching jobs until the early 1960s, when he became a full-time author, composer and singer.[5]

Hambe wrote more than 500 songs and poems, and released more than 30 records.[3] He received several prizes and stipends during his lifetime, including the Fred Åkerström grant in 2007, and the royal medal Litteris et Artibus in 2008.[6]


  1. ^ "Alf Hambe med hustru Ulla 11-911".
  2. ^ "Minnessida för Alf Hambe".
  3. ^ a b c "Vispoeten Alf Hambe död". Dagens Nyheter. 6 May 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Vispoeten Alf Hambe är död – "skapade ett eget poetisk universum"". Kulturnytt. Sveriges Radio. 6 May 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  5. ^ a b Jönsson, Lena, ed. (2001). "Hambe, Alf G". Vem är det: Svensk biografisk handbok. P.A. Norstedt & Söner. pp. 442–443. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Alf Hambe". Kungahuset. Royal Court of Sweden. Retrieved 7 May 2022.

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