Mar. 3rd, 2008

joik

Mar. 3rd, 2008 08:08 pm
baleanoptera: (Mood dark harbour)
Yesterday I went to an evening of lectures about Norwegian culture, and the problems of researching Norwegian culture while being a Norwegian. the main problem is how to distance yourself from the material enough to be critical. There were quite a lot of interesting lectures, but the highlight for me was the concert at the end by the band Adjagas. (and I'll admit that the concert was one of the reasons I went in the first place. Hee)

The two members of Agjagas are indigenous Saami, and their music is a mix of the old Saami song technique of Joik (pronounced yoik) and modern, jazz inspired music. The result is some really gorgeous music.

This is their most famous song Mun ja mun. I'm including the video and not the song here, and I'm doing that for two reasons. One, the video is absolutely stunning. There is nothing fancy about it, but the black and white photography is gorgeous and the light nearly translucent. (Have I mentioned how black/white is possibly my favourite photo medium? Hee) Secondly Adjagas' primary income is a cultural scholarship from the Norwegian state, and this is based on the numbers of cd's they sell. So uploading a song feels a bit wrong. It is one thing to share music when the artist has a wide audience, another when the band strives to get attention in tiny Norway.

So please, take a break and listen & watch. It's worth it, I promise.

Mun ja mun )

joik

Mar. 3rd, 2008 08:08 pm
baleanoptera: (Mood dark harbour)
Yesterday I went to an evening of lectures about Norwegian culture, and the problems of researching Norwegian culture while being a Norwegian. the main problem is how to distance yourself from the material enough to be critical. There were quite a lot of interesting lectures, but the highlight for me was the concert at the end by the band Adjagas. (and I'll admit that the concert was one of the reasons I went in the first place. Hee)

The two members of Agjagas are indigenous Saami, and their music is a mix of the old Saami song technique of Joik (pronounced yoik) and modern, jazz inspired music. The result is some really gorgeous music.

This is their most famous song Mun ja mun. I'm including the video and not the song here, and I'm doing that for two reasons. One, the video is absolutely stunning. There is nothing fancy about it, but the black and white photography is gorgeous and the light nearly translucent. (Have I mentioned how black/white is possibly my favourite photo medium? Hee) Secondly Adjagas' primary income is a cultural scholarship from the Norwegian state, and this is based on the numbers of cd's they sell. So uploading a song feels a bit wrong. It is one thing to share music when the artist has a wide audience, another when the band strives to get attention in tiny Norway.

So please, take a break and listen & watch. It's worth it, I promise.

Mun ja mun )

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