shot on the way to Lake Torneträsk in swedish Sápmi.
Directed by Liselotte Wajstedt. Album: áššogáttis/by the
embers, 2009 Caprice Records, Sweden
Passion is one of Sofia Jannok’s
favourite words. It’s something to do with the burning, the
feverishness but also with the intimate, with the
here-and-now and with the contrasts that appeals to her. It
therefore comes as no surprise that passion and
contrast are two defining keywords for Sofia
Jannok’s music. The warmth and presence in her clear,
powerful voice; and the contrast between her Sami
background and the creativity and cosmopolitanism of her
The songs are in Sami. Sofia doesn’t like pigeonholes. She
draws her inspiration from people, connections, heaven,
earth and the wide-open spaces of the north as much as from
the pulse and colours of the city. The product of all this
is something vital and new. She sings of love, of her
heritage and of moments captured in nature.
Although she cares for her culture, she doesn’t write music
in order to preserve some tradition. Sofia makes the music
that’s hers, that’s her mode of self-expression, and that’s
closest to her heart.