Maxida Märak – “Jåhkåmåhkke”.

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   Yesterday (February 6) was Sámi people’s National Day. I love a lot of Sámi music that I know, but because I don’t know and don’t share as much of it as I do, say,Swedish or Welsh, I like to celebrate this day in some way on my blog and so it’s been a bit of a tradition that I’ve been sharing something Sámi at this time of the year. I heard this song a few months ago in one of the Sámi radio stations, don’t remember whether the Swedish or Norwegian one, and I really liked it. I once shared one song by Maxida Märak before, but that one was quite vastly different as it was in collaboration with Downhill Bluegrass Band, whereas most of her music that she’s known for is actually rap or electronic plus often joiking of course, so I’d say this song is more her usual style though it’s pure joiking with no lyrics. 

   Jåhkåmåhkke is a place in Sápmi, this is its Lule Sámi name as far as I’m aware, it’s also known as Jokkmokk in Swedish and Jokimukka in Finnish. It means river’s curve in Lule Sámi. It’s a very important location for Sámi people, as that’s where an office of the Sámi Parliament is, as well as Sámi Education Centre, and every year, on the first Thursday of February there’s Jokkmokk market, which is one of the most important social events for the Sámi culture. 

Maxida Märak & Downhil Bluegrass Band – The Mountain.

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I still haven’t written about my favourite music from Lapland, so today it will finally happen. I love Sami language and I love Sami music. The song I want to show you is an effect of colaboration between brilliant Maxida Märak – singer, actress and human rights activist from Swedish Lapland, and Dowhill Bluegrass Band, who are a Swedish band making bluegrass music. Maxida is good both at doing contemporary music as well as traditional Sami yoik. She is particularly interested in Sami people’s rights. Actually, Sami people have quite a lot of famous activists, but that’s no wonder for me, their rights definitely seem underestimated by some. “The Mountain” is actually a cover, but Maxida made it a protest song. It is a protest against exploiting Lapland’s teritory and it’s resources and against threatening the industry of reindeer herding by opening mines in the areas where these animals are grazing. It is actually surprising how Maxida – always associated with hip hop and club music and Sami yoiks – found herself in bluegrass. I am not a big fan of bluegrasss, like I have many more favourite genres, but I really like the album that is the effect of Maxida’s cooperation with Downhill BB.

Here’s the song: