Son Vuäinn: Skolt Sámi Leu'dd from the Kola Peninsula

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Son Vuäinn: Skolt Sámi Leu'dd from the Kola Peninsula


Jones-Bamman, Richard, Yearbook for Traditional Music


Son Vuäinn: Skolt Sámi Leu'dd from the Kola Peninsula. 2007. Global Music Centre GMCD 0716. Recorded and annotated by lipo Saastamoinen and Ola Graff. 99 pp. of notes in Finnish and English. English translation by Jarkko Niemi. 3 colour, 7 b/w photographs, 6 musical notations, 1 map. 2 compact discs, 45 tracks (67:43) and 19 (72:47). Recorded between 1994 and 1996.

In his introductory comments, Ilpo Saastamoinen sadly informs us that most of the Sámi singers involved in this project passed away between the field recordings (1994-96) and the publication of these two CDs. Yet, Saastamoinen also reminds us that these recorded performances are the best evidence of the richness of some of the lesser known Sámi cultures, the Skolts and the Akkala, who inhabit the Kola Peninsula in Russia. As such, the singers heard here not only enrich our knowledge of Sámi culture, but also provide us with a sonic window through which we are allowed to glimpse the harsh landscapes and grim circumstances that faced these easternmost Sámi populations, caught in the political turmoil of the mid- to late twentieth century. Forced migrations, obligatory wartime service, and Soviet collectivization all took their toll, and are reflected in the songs of the five women presented in this collection. …

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