Sami Travels

Wimme Saari

Mun (Rockadillo Records ZENCD 2131, 2010)

Finnish vocalist Wimme Saari is one of the leading figures in the art of joik music. Although, he treats the Sami tradition with respect, Wimme like to explore other options and his latest album, titled Mun, shows the listener a superb mix of traditional and improvised joik, jazz, global sounds and even elements of classical music.

Most of the material is composed by Wimme and clarinetist Tapani Rinne (of the Finnish experimental band RinneRadio), who introduces the clarinet as an essential element in Wimme’s current work. The rest of Wimme’s current ban includes Juuso Hannukainen on percussion (RinneRadio) and Matti Wallenius on acoustic string instruments.

Wimme is not a prolific recording artist. Since 1995, he has released four band albums and a traditional solo joik album. It has taken him six years to record a new album, Mun. The Sámi title means Me in English. Wimme got so inspired by the new album sessions that he provided some new paintings and drawings to the CD artwork.

The album’s guests include fellow joiker Ulla Pirttijärvi, Pekka Lehti on upright bass, Iro Haarla on harp, Imre Pemot (igil), Pekka Kuusisto (violin), Eero Grundström (accordion) and Teho Majamäki (percussion).

Mun is an insightful album by one of Finland’s most important musicians.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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