Artist Profiles: Johan Sara Jr.

Johan Sara Jr.

Johan Sara Jr. was born in 1963. He is one of the leading artists in the Sami music area. His musical activities range over a wide field. In addition to his work as a performing artist, he composes, arranges and produces music.

He has composed works of great complexity for orchestra, and has been involved in theater, film and television projects. In his performances he combines the traditional joik technique with other musical genres.

His album “Ovcci vuomi ovtta veaiggis” is an experimental fusion of Afro rhythms, jazz, rock and folk music. In another project, Sami joik meets Andalusian flamenco to the accompaniment of Indian tabla.

Sara is devoted to the traditional joik as a travelling partner along the way, and maintains an open mind to other musical forms.

Discography

Ovcci vuomi ovtta veaiggis – Nine Valleys in one dusk (DATCD 20, 1995)
Calbmeliiba (DATCD 29, 1999)
Boska (DAT, 2003)
Orvos (DAT, 2009)
Transmission – Rievdadus (DAT, 2015)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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