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Ande Somby - Yoiking with the Winged Ones (with Chris Watson) LP 27187

Ande Somby - Yoiking with the Winged Ones (with Chris Watson) LP 27187
Yoiking with the Winged Ones is a vinyl record with yoiks yoiked by Ande Somby and recorded and mixed by Chris Watson.

Yoiking is the ancient chanting practise of the Sámi People - the indigenous peoples on the top of Europe. Yoiking originates from time immemorial - legend tells that it was the faires and elves of the arctic lands that gave yoiks to the Sámi People. Yoiking was an important element of the religious rituals in pre-christian times and has survived both christianity, imperialism and the fact that Sámi areas were confiscated by the states of the north; Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia.

Ánde Somby is deeply rooted into the yoik tradition. He comes from the eastern part of the north Sámi areas and in the tundra tradition of the reindeer herders and from the valley tradition of arctic farmers. His yoiking is both quite technical as well as melodic - Somby is at the same time an innovative yoiker. All the 3 pieces on side A are his compositions. His signature as a yoiker is an expressive style performed on the borders of the human voice.

The recordings are made by Chris Watson the world famous sound artist and the leading field recorder. The recordings took place in Kvalnes Lofoten mid June in 2014 in a moment while the arctic winds had a little rest. Chris Watson has also done the post production. A K Dolven took the photos for the project and has been instrumental in developing the concept.

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