Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha

Lapland-Balkan music from Finland.

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Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha, band of five Laplanders living in Helsinki. Band's music is a mixture of Balkan Roma grooves, Finnish old tango and humppa and Russian romances. Our newest album 'Näennäinen' introduced musical spices from Georgia, Middle-East, Greece and Turkey. The line up is singer, trumpet, bouzouki, accordion double bass and drums.

Since our start in 2009 we have released four critically acclaimed and fan-loved albums, but most of all we are known for our wild live act, that we have perfected in hundreds of gigs. We have toured around Finland, visited Baltia, Scandinavia, Germany, Ukraine, Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan and Macedonia. In 2015 we played in WOMEX Budapest and ever since we have been touring around Finland and Europe. Now we are concentrating for preparing our fifth album for our 10 years anniversary on 2019. We will release music videos, live album, studio album, document movie and lots of special stuff to celebrate our decade long existence.

participating in

  • WOMEX 2021
  • WOMEX 2018
  • WOMEX 2013
stand number WOMEX 21: W1, W11-W12

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