A meeting between traditional Sami music and modern pop.
When the Oslo-based artist Kajsa Balto (b. 1988) released her first single Vári Alde in 2016, she received a lot of positive attention for her Sami and joik-inspired version of the Norwegian folk tune Oppå Fjellet. Since then, she has released two albums – Sámi sohka (Sami kin) in 2017 and Buot eallá (Everything lives) in 2020 – both of which have received excellent reviews. NRK claimed, for example, that Buot eallá was one of the best releases that year.
Reviewers have highlighted Balto's strong and powerful voice and a soundscape where primordial power and modernity blend together in a fusion between modern pop music and world music with strong roots in traditional Sami joik. In terms of lyrics, she often addresses themes such as sustainability and respect for all living things, as the title of her latest album also tells.
In 2018, Kajsa Balto participated in the mentor program at Riksscenen (the national stage for traditional music and dance), and in 2020 she received the Sami Parliament's work scholarship for younger newly established artists.
Photo: Ørjan Marakatt Bertelsen
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