Wimme & Rinne

by Nov 8, 2019Artists

The Sámi people of Arctic Europe have lived in Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Russian Kola Peninsula for at least 3,500 years.

Modern yoiks from Finland

From the 19th century onwards, the Sámi were discriminated against; generations of Sámi children were taken into missionary and/or state-run boarding schools and laws were created to deny the Sámi their rights to their beliefs, language, land and the practice of their traditional livelihoods.

Today the Sámi are subject to cultural and environmental threats including oil exploration, mining, dam building, logging, climate change, military bombing ranges, tourism and commercial development.

‘Joiking’ is an ancient Sámi tradition, a vocal chanting style that invokes the spirits of nature, of plants, animals and humans. Wimme Sari, an Indigenous Sámi from north-west Finland, is a joiker. When working in the Finnish radio archives he discovered recordings of his uncle yoiking.

In 1990, he met Tapani Rinne and, with Tapani’s band RinneRadio, they began experimenting with modern yoiks, creating deep ambient textures and thudding techno-tribal workouts. Mixing traditional joik, electronica and jazz, Wimme & Rinne create a genre-defying tribute to the raw beauty and occasional madness of the human condition.

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