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Marja Mortensson: Mojhtestasse

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The passing on of musical tradition is fundamental to any culture, but so too is innovation, which breathes new life into old ways. Mojhtestasse, the second album by Norwegian south Saami singer Marja Mortensson, continues her revival of the yoik tradition--a unique, chant-like vocalisation--that has been dormant in her family for several generations. Mortensson's wordless chant-cum-improvisations exert a charm-like spell, but just as fascinating are her self-penned songs, sung in south Saami, which with just five hundred native speakers, is ...


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