So here’s Jon Henrik Fjällgren’s and Aninia’s song from Melodifestivalen. 🙂 Honestly I think “The Reindeer Herder’s Joik” is much better, and this one seems like made much more for mainstream, which it surely is, but I still like it and it’s cool. While Sami language is on my list of languages to learn and I love it dearly, I have no idea whether indeed “Eatneme gusnie jeenh dåaroeh” means the same as Swedish “En Värld Full Av Strider”, as I can only utter a few words in Sami, but at least I know for sure that “En Värld Full Av Strider” means a world full of battles. So here it is.
This is such a beautiful joik. If there are some people who don’t know what joik is, it’s such a way of singing, and a type of song, which is traditional for Lappland and Sami culture. I guess that since I first heard Jon Henrik Fjälgren’s joiking he is one of my most favourite Sami singers, be them joiking or not joiking, traditional or not, there aren’t many Sami singers whatsoever, or at least not very many that I know of. I think his joiks are particularly moving. But this one is my absolute favourite by him, I don’t even know why, but it’s just so stunningly beautiful! Isn’t it?!
And as for Fjällgren, his story is also very interesting. He was born i Cali in Colombia, lived in an Indian village for some time, and was moved to an orphanage from there. Later he was adopted by a Sami family from Sweden and lived with them in Mittodalen. He came to prominence when he took part in a Swedish talent competition in 2014. He also took part last year in Melodifestivalen (which is a Swedish contest during which the singer who will represent the country on Eurovision is selected) in 2017, with Aninia, and I will show you the song they sang together in another post. That’s what I know about him from both English
Wikipedia. So here’s the joik. 🙂