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Sami music

A Nordic Sami woman playing Lur horn in the evening. A wood cut made by Emma Edwall after nature in the mid-1800s.

In traditional Sami music songs (e.g. Kvad[1] and Leudd songs[2]) and joiks are important musical expressions. The Sami also use a variety of musical instruments, some unique to the Lapp, some traditional Scandinavian, and some modern introductions.

Improvised, highly spiritual songs called joiks (North Sami: luohti; South Sami: vuolle) are the most characteristic song type. (The same word sometimes refers to lavlu or vuelie songs, though this is technically incorrect.) Joiks do not rhyme, and have no definite structure. They are typically about any subject of importance to the singer, and vary widely in content. Purely folk joiks have declined in popularity over the 20th century, due to the influence of pop radio and religious fundamentalism, especially Laestadianism. Nevertheless, joik performers of some fame include Angelit (former Angelin tytöt, Girls of Angeli), Wimme Saari and Nils-Aslak Valkeapää from Finnish Lapland. Many modern singers are signed to DAT,[3] the premier record label in Sami music.

The most famous Sami singer is Mari Boine of Norway, who sings a type of minimalist folk-rock with joik roots. Some non-Sami artists, including RinneRadio, Xymox and Jan Garbarek, have used joik and other Sami styles in their music.

The Finnish folk metal band Sháman introduced what some call "yoik metal" in the late 1990s, drawing attention to Sámi music in the heavy metal scene. Their music incorporated Sámi elements such as yoik singing, Sami lyrics, and shamanic drum. The vocalist has also yoiked for fellow Finnish folk metal band Finntroll. Also Finnish black metal band Barathrum (On Eerie albums first track) and Swedish black metal band Arckanum have used joik parts in couple of their songs.

In January 2008, the Sami artist Ann Marie Anderson, singing "Ándagassii" qualified to the finals of Melodi Grand Prix 2008, (the Norwegian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2008), but she did not win.

Contents

  • Musical instruments 1
  • Gallery 2
  • See also 3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Musical instruments

Some sources have commented on a supposed lack of musical instruments among the Sami, with one 1885 work noting: "They cannot claim to possess a single instrument of their own, not even the most primitive."[4] Despite these beliefs, the Sami employ a variety of musical instruments, several unique to them. Among their more unique instruments are the fadno, a reedpipe made from Angelica archangelica stalks, and the Sami drum. Late 18th century researchers also noted two bagpipes in Lapland:[5] the sak-pipe and the wal-pipe.[6]

Other Sami instruments of wider Scandinavian usage include the lur (a long horn trumpet),[7][8] and the harpu,[9] a zither similar to the Finnish kantele.[10] Willow flutes are often made from the bark of the quicken tree or mountain ash.[11]

Modern bands use a wide variety of instruments, especially the fiddle, concertina, and accordion.

Gallery

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The 12th song from Kalevala V, 395 – 402; Friis, J. A. (1871) "Lappisk mythologi, eventyr og folkesagn: eventyr og folkesagn"; Friis, J.A.
  2. ^ "Leudd/ sang". Miiva.net. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  3. ^ "DAT". DAT. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  4. ^  
  5. ^ David MacRitchie (1884). Ancient and modern Britons: a retrospect. K. Paul, Trench & co. pp. 399–. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Michael Conran (1850). The national music of Ireland: containing the history of the Irish bards, the national melodies, the harp, and other musical instruments of Erin. J. Johnson. pp. 115–. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Luren: tolv lappiske og norske viser og sange" Abraham Wilhelm Brun, 1900.
  8. ^ April Fast; Keltie Thomas (October 2003). Sweden: the culture. Crabtree Publishing Company. pp. 24–.  
  9. ^ Jan Ling (1997). A history of European folk music. University Rochester Press. pp. 7–.  
  10. ^ Arthur Spencer (1978). The Lapps. Crane, Russak. p. 128.  
  11. ^ Carl von Linné and Sir James Edward Smith: Lachesis lapponica. A tour in Lapland, Linnaeus (1811), Volume: 2 (p. 51).

References

  • Cronshaw, Andrew. "Joiks of the Tundra". 2000. In Broughton, Simon and Ellingham, Mark with McConnachie, James and Duane, Orla (Ed.), World Music, Vol. 1: Africa, Europe and the Middle East, pp 255–260. Rough Guides Ltd, Penguin Books. ISBN 1-85828-636-0

External links

  • Official Angelit Webpage
  • Joiks and music, from a multinational student project on minority languages in Europe
  • More sample joiks from Hollow Ear magazine
  • Sami Culture Library - Yoik and Music collection of links related to Sami music
  • Sami traditional music: Ande Somby
  • Sami contemporary music: Vajas
  • Sami contemporary music: Transjoik
  • Sami contemporary music: Ulla Pirttijärvi
  • Sami contemporary music: Frode Fjellheim
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