Friday, February 4, 2011

Music post, with a difference.....

Joiking, or Yoiking, the spelling and pronunciation being dependent on which countries language is being used, is one of the oldest forms of music in Europe.
The Laplanders, or Saami people, have used this form of musical chant for hundreds, if not thousands of years, to express their connection with nature, life. etc..

I don't exactly know how to explain what I find appealing about it, it just makes me want to hear more.
Here's a nice video I found on Youtube. Just listen and see if you can see an obvious connection with America:

I think I'm somewhere the mark in saying that the Saami population is about 130,000 most of whom live in North Norway, the others being spread across the northern areas of Finland, Sweden, and the northwest of Russia.
In 1980 Joiking hit international prominence when the following group was Norway's entry to the European Song Contest. It didn't win, but it brought the music to the attention of a larger audience.

Whatever you think of this music, it's different. Unique to a very specific region of our planet. So have a listen, give it a chance, maybe you'll enjoy it.

Yun's aa fir enoo.

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