Sámi artist Ánnámáret will release the album on the Sámi National Day

Ánnámáret
Album cover

Nieguid duovdagat (Dreamscapes) is the third album of Ánnámáret, Sámi musician Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman, who is based in Utsjoki, Finland. Taking its listener to imaginary fells, the album draws on the rich joik tradition and the living culture, nature and life in Sámiland. Joining these elements to create a powerful experience, Ánnámáret develops a musical form that resonates with the present day and expresses the search for roots and the revival of tradition by exploring both its best and most difficult aspects.

“The theme of the album is important to me. It evolved through a personal process of discovery when I was researching archive recordings of the joiks in my family’s history. Nieguid duovdagat is an album that expresses my thoughts about life at a turning point between traditional and modern culture. I am particularly interested in why we have a need to study history and our roots. What does it mean to us? Is it an expression of personal need, an issue of identity construction, or a political act? Is even possible to revive a culture?” Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman wonders.

A bold combination of elements old and new, the album nevertheless retains the distinctive features of joik tradition. Ánnámáret’s joik and the sound of Ilkka Heinonen’s bow lyre and Turkka Inkilä’s shakuhachi flute blend into electronic music that is both human and organic.

Nieguid duovdagat will be released on 6 February 2021, the Sámi National Day. The album release concert will be streamed the same day at 6pm (GMT)/8pm (EET) on Ánnámáret’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAlbpYJIoFEp3J0AB3s8bhg). Post-concert there will be a Q&A online session with Ánnámáret and Songlines' editor-in-chief Simon Broughton at 6.45pm (GMT)/8.45pm (EET). A link to the Q&A will be published closer to the time of the event on Ánnámáret’s Facebook page.

The Sámi are the only indigenous people of the European Union.
Read more: https://www.samediggi.fi/sami-info/?lang=en

Nieguid duovdagat will be available on most streaming services.
Ask for the physical copy of the CD via email: info@maetka.fi

Ánnámáret, joik
Ilkka Heinonen, bowed lyre
Turkka Inkilä, live electronics and shakuhachi

Videos:
Jearrat máttaráhkus – Ask the Foremothers
Music video (single release from Nieguid duovdagat)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3WnJ4fxeTw

The world premiere of a second music video, Nieguid duovdagat - Dreamscapes, took place at the Skábmagovat Film Festival, 29–31 January 2021.
https://youtu.be/imGGmG8o_Kc

Photos: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xx46u3coKBxQfj_9Uqa3s71OtS6GjYYY?usp=sharing

More info:
Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman
anna@annamaret.fi
tel. +358(0)40 540 5985

https://www.annamaret.fi/
Spotify: Ánnámáret
Facebook: www.facebook.com/annamaretensemble
Instagram: @annamaret

Ánnámáret is Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman, Sámi musician who lives and whose work is based in Nuorgam, northernmost Finland. Her music is inspired by the life and the nature in Sápmi. Ánnámáret’s strength as an artist springs from having grown up between two cultures and, thus, in understanding these cultures and their collisions and similarities.

article posted by:Riitta Huttunen, Maetka - Marjatta & Kaisa

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