IsÁk – “Face The Truth”.

Hi guys. 🙂

Recently, I’ve showed you a lot of Scandinavian – Swedish and Norwegian – music, often some pretty new things. Let’s stay in Scandinavia, but have something slightly more exotic today.

IsÁk is a Sami band – from Norwegian Lapland – and they combine Sami joik – Sami traditional singing technique, joik is also a name of song sung in such a style and generally this genre – with modern, kinda synth sounds. Their lyrics, so far, as they don’t have any full length album as of yet, are in English, Norwegian or Sami. The band has gained quite a lot of attention in the Sami environment and on the modern Sami music scene.

The name of the name of the band, as I assume, comes from the leader and vocalist’s surname, she is ELla Marie Hætta Isaksen.

As far as I know, they only have a few songs released until now, and I must say that I generally quite like them but I find this song the best, I feel like the rest isn’t as good as this one, even this song is for the most part in English. Though as you will be able to hear, there is also a part in Sami, and with joik too. So here it is and I hope you’ll like it too.

Maxida Märak & Downhil Bluegrass Band – The Mountain.

Hi guys! 🙂

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: