"New CD present Northern music crossing borders between East and West"

"Moja på tvoja" was a greeting in the Russian-Norwegian pidgin language which was used during the Pomor trade on the North Norwegian coast between 1750 and 1920.

"Pomor" is a Russian word for coastal people. In their trade "pomors" from the Russian North (Arkhangelsk, Karelia) brought life-saving corn to the people of Northern Norway, exchanging it for fish.

Now, "Moja på tvoja" is the trademark of an exciting folk music experiment: Artists from North Norway and the Russian republic Karelia exchange songs and tunes in their innovative acoustic cross-over ensemble. They have toured with their concerts in Norway since 1998 and in June this year the CD version was released in Tromsø, Norway and Petrozavodsk, Karelia


is a vocal ensemble from Petrozavodsk. They are currently six young women who sing traditional Russian-Karelian female songs. The tradition is purely a capella. Rosynka had performed quite a while and in many contexts, but they had never performed with instrumental accompaniment before they met

Photo: Maria Pedersen©
Photo: Yngve Olsen Sæbbe© BOKNAKARAN

from Tromsø, a band of four folk singers who see the world from a North Norwegian point of view. They mostly sing their own songs, and play a lot of acoustic instruments, like guitar, accordions, banjo, bagpipe, mandolin, harmonium and double base. Rosynka weave their traditional tunes into Boknakaran's modern folk songs, and Boknakaran add their instruments to Rosynka's songs - thus both parties gain a new dimension without losing their identity.

The CD "Moja på tvoja" is produced and released by Boknakaran, on their label "Steinbeat". It may be ordered on Internet,


is a Sámi yoik artist from the North of Norway (Finnmark). He sings traditional yoiks as well as new ones, and in "Moja på tvoja" he performs together with Boknakaran (the combination yoik - bagpipe!) and Rosynka (wolf songs from two ethnic groups melted together). Ande's speciality is the "extreme voices", imitating animals - from mosquito to wolf.

Photo: Yngve Olsen Sæbbe©

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