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Unaja (artist release)
cdRoots Code: aj-unaja

Jutta Rahmel & Maija Pokela play the kantele, the Finnish folk zither than has over the years expanded into a large instrument for playing all kinds of music from classical to jazz as well as folk. Both women are members of the ensemble Kardemimmit, and this is their first CD as a duo. Most of these 10 tracks are voice and kantele, with occasional addional guests adding throat singing on one track, and percussion on 2 others.

"Ilmanlintu / Soar"
"Kaper Polku / Narrow Way"
"Merenmorsian / Bride of the Sea"


The artists write:
Unaja is the name given to the power duo of Maija Pokela and Jutta Rahmel. Their fresh and original sound has its roots in the Nordic music tradition but is influenced by music from all over the world. Playing together since childhood, they have perfected the art of seamless harmony, using voices and kanteles (the national instrument of Finland) and create spectacular soundscapes that take you on a journey filled with timeless stories of life, love and adventure. Unaja took second prize in Konsta Jylhä Competition 2014 for folk singers.

Unaja on Maija Pokelan (s. 1990) ja Jutta Rahmelin (s. 1991) muodostama voimakaksikko, joka luo omaa musiikkia ammentaen inspiraationsa pohjoismaisesta soitto- ja lauluperinteestä. Duon sointi perustuu pitkän linjan yhteistyöhön, joka on saanut alkunsa jo lapsuusvuosina – saumaton stemmalaulu ja kanteleensoitto kietoutuvat yhteen raikkaaksi kokonaisuudeksi. Itse sävelletyt laulut kertovat ihmiselon ikiaikaisia tarinoita rakkaudesta, kaipuusta ja seikkailuista. Unaja sijoittui toiseksi vuoden 2014 Konsta Jylhä -kilpailussa, joka oli suunnattu kansanlaulajille.

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