Buori sámiid álbmotbeaivvi! Šiõǥǥ säʹmmlai meersažpeeiʹv! Pyeri säämi aalmugpeeivi!
Today, February 6th, marks the national Sámi day. To celebrate the occasion, singer Hildá Länsman (Solju, Duo Vildá) curated a playlist of her favourite songs by Sámi artists. Listen to the playlist below and find out what she said about her picks.
1. Golbma Jiena: Lelieh Åjáldattieh (Don't Forget)
Three great Sámi artists (Marja Mortensson, Elina Mikaelsen, Katarina Barruk) made this song together for the indigenous people’s festival Riddu Riddu.
2. Mari Boine: Skealbma
I greatly admire the message and delivery in Mari Boine’s music. This song always pulls me up with its spirit.
3. Isák: Elle (Mari Boine cover)
It has been really delightful to watch Ella Marie, a singer from my neighboring village succeed in the Norwegian music scene! She performed this deeply touching song in its reformed shape – one that resembled the band Isák’s version – at the Spellemanprisenn music gala on NRK1’s live television broadcast.
4. Lars-Ánte Kuhmunen: Johtit Jollasiid
In my opinion, one needs to listen to this song while enjoying the scenery in the Sápmi land.
5. Niko Valkeapää: Gávpot
This has been my favorite song in Niko’s repertoire since I was a pre-teen. Very nostalgic!
6. Wimme & Rinne: Rock - Bákti / Kallio
A rough and brave song from Wimme and Tapani Rinne.
7. Katarina Barruk: Evelina
A gorgeous and delicate song from the Swedish Sápmi land.
8. Ára: Ballu
This band has a very strong presence – their music strives to go under your skin while still moving in wide landscapes.
9. Áššu: Vulleš Heaika
This new group with my mother (Ulla Pirttijärvi) as a yoik singer will release their debut album very soon. It will definitely top my list of Sámi albums – the great band and their traditional yoik songs really startle me!
10. Amoc: Kiälláseh (feat. Ailu Valle)
I often listen to this song when I’m in southern Finland, missing the festivities and marketplaces of my homeland.