Ulla Pirttijärvi and her daughter Hildá Länsman are Sámi musicians from Utsjoki, Lapland, which is the northernmost municipality of Finland. Together, they make up the band SOLJU.
This vivacious mother-daughter duo combine their heritage of northern Sámi language and traditional chant, known as yoik, and a desire for new and innovative music to provide a dialogue on traditional and modern Sámi culture. They are proud of their Indigenous roots and want to show them to the world!
Sámi culture and identity lie at the heart of their music. Their songs reflect the mythology and aspects of the traditional lifestyle of their homeland, taking the listener to the far north of Europe: Sápmi. Their soundscapes range from the expansive wilderness of the tundra to the most intimate lávvu fireplace.
Their music can be described as colourful, earthy, ethereal and genuine.
SOLJU’s debut album Ođđa Áigodat (New Times) was released April 25, 2018, by Finnish record label Bafe’s Factory. The album consists of all original material and reached #35 on the Transglobal World Music Chart in May. Ođđa Áigodat (New Times) is produced by Samuli Laiho and Teho Majamäki, mixed by Riku Mattila and features artists from the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.