Say Magazine - - MUSIC -

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.

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