Berit Alette Mienna has a new recording titled Árbán (Etnisk Musikklubb). She is joined by Frode Fjellheim on harmonium and percussion.
“This CD, “Árbán” [My Inheritance] contains hymns and joiks of my Sámi musical background, an echo of the vocal tradition of Sámi people who live in settled communities,” says Berit Alette Mienna. “My music and my reflections move between the profane and the holy.
I have called this project “Fjellkattefot” [Mountain cat foot]. A modest little flower by this name awakened my interest in botany and took me for many walks in the mountains. In this period, I had time to work with joik and hymns.
I found inspiration in the Christian community in Karasjok and the greater family, especially older people at Jergul, and the Skádjil and the Sámi Jienat chior. My wanderings and the meetings brought me closer to the more intangible Sámi religious culture and traditions, memories that are kept alive and passed along by way of storytelling. Working with the music brought back many memories from my childhood and youth. These, and my thoughts about them, are written down in the CD-booklet.”
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.