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Sámi Band Solju To Release New Album 'Uvjamuohta' (Powder Snow) September 9th
Sámi band, Solju, will release a new album "Uvjamuohta" (Powder Snow) September 9th, and as part of the build up a digital single "Oassi mus" (a Part of Me) from the album was released May 27th!
Ulla Pirttijärvi and her daughter Hildá Länsman, combine their heritage of northern Sámi language and traditional chant, known as yoik, providing a dialogue of traditional and modern Sámi culture. They're proud of their indigenous roots and want to show it to the world!
Solju's music combines the Sámi language and joik in new and innovative soundscapes. Solju proudly brings out its Sámi roots, the rich tones and worlds of northern culture and joiku music. Lively, earthy, colourful, original, but on the other hand also ethereal and picturesque are the words that the creators themselves use to characterize their music.
The songs reflect echoes of the traditional way of life and mythology of northern Lapland, with Sami identity at its core. Solju's music creates images of both great infinity in boundless wildernesses and palpable intimacy in the captivating circle of log fires. The listener is taken on a journey to the northern edge of Europe.
Solju's debut album Ođđa Áigodat was produced by Samuli Laiho and Teho Majamäki, mixed by Riku Mattila. The Czech National Symphony Orchestra - strings, Paavo Lötjönen - cello, Mikko Neuvonen - throat vocals and Janne Puurtinen - synthesizer are also guests on the album. The album consisting of songs composed and written by Pirttijärvi and Länsman was released on April 25 , 2018 on the Bafe's Factory label. The digital EP – Ođđa Áigodat and Heargevuoddji songs was released on February 6, 2018, the Sámi National Day.
In May 2019, Solju's debut album won the 'Best International Indigenous Release' category at the Canadian Indigenous Music Awards.
The new album Puuterilunta/Oassi Mus will be released on September 9, 2022 (Bafe's Factory).