Best International Indigenous Release
SOLJU: Album "Ođđa Áigodat"(New Times) released 25th of April 2018.
SOLJU - Ulla Pirttijärvi-Länsman and her daughter Hilda Länsman are Sámi musicians from Utsjoki, Lapland, which is the northernmost municipality in Finland. They combine their heritage of northern Sámi language and traditional chant, known as yoik, with a desire for new and innovative music, providing a dialogue of traditional and modern Sámi culture. They're proud of their indigenous roots and want to show it to the world!
Sámi culture and identity lie at the heart of the music, reflecting mythology and aspects of the traditional lifestyles of their homeland, taking the listener to the far north of Europe: Sápmi.
Their soundscape ranges from the expansive wilderness of the tundra to the most intimate lávvu fireplace.
How do this dainty duo describe themselves in five words? Vivacious, colourful, earthy, ethereal, and genuine.
Genre: Sami, Yoik, World Music
Ancestry: Sami people
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
The Finnish Music Publishers Association, genre-free category, Vuoden etnotekijä, 5th of September, 2018
Ulla Pirttijärvi and Hildá Länsman
Songwriters of Solju: Ođđa Áigodat (New Times)
Nominees for the Finnish Ethnogala 2019 (10th of January, 2019 at Tavastia in Helsinki)
Folk Music Creater of the Year
New Comer of the Year
The Finnish Ethno Album 2018, the Finnish equivalent to the Grammy Award
(2nd of February, 2019 at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki)
Nomination will be published 11th of December, 2018.
Nominee for Sameradion & SVT Sápmi, Årets låt i Sápmi - Year's song in Sápmi 2018, Sweden
WORLD MUSIC CHARTS
"Ođđa Áigodat" -album did enter the World Music Charts 2018:
World Music Chart Europe:
June #13, July #14, August #19
Transglobal World Music Chart:
May #35, June #9, July #14, August #20, September #33
Reviews and Radioplays
“Some culture and identity lie at the heart of their music. Their songs reflect the mythology and aspects of the traditional lifestyle of their homeland, talking to the listener to the far north of Europe: Sápmi. They soundscapes range from the expansive wilderness of the tundra to the most intimate lávvu fireplace.”
Say Magazine, Issue 90, Summer , USA, Canada, 2018
“Like any Arctic or Northern people, the connection to the land, to nature, to the stories and the old times, is strong in the music. This recording, a fun listen, brings the old times and the new times together.”
- David Cox, Roots World, USA, 13.5.2018
"Odda Áigodat is a mesmerizing, groundbreaking album rooted in Sami traditions."
- Angel Romero, World Music Central (USA), 27.7.2018
"Pirttijärvi has long been on the most distinctive and celebrated voices in joik. On Ođđa Áigodat (New Times), she shows off all of her familiar qualities, while Länsman emerges as one of Sámi music's brightes new talents."
- Merlyn Driver, Songlines (UK), August 2018
“The contrast of the following track, ‘Áimejoga Jovnna ‘- based around traditional joik, bird song and the sound of a stream -sums up the diversity of the album overall. Besides join, it has sounds that evokes Euro-pop, New Age, and a certain ‘pan-indigenousness’. Despite referencing new times in the title , this record offers a fascinating glimpse into various processes the have taken place within Sami culture over the last century, though an eye in cast to the future,”
- Merlin Driver, Songlines, August 2018
Solju's music has played on
CBC Radio, Reclaimed, Canada and
Native Voice One (NV1), Indigenous in Music with Larry K, USA
Ođđa Áigodat (New Times)
"Áille luohti " from Ođđa Áigodat (New Times)
"Heargevuoddji – Reindeer driver " from Ođđa Áigodat (New Times)