Mari Boine

Radiant Warmth

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The joiking of the Sami people of northern Scandinavia formerly known as Lapplanders is the basis of electrified fusion music by Mari Boine. Most often linked to shamanism, joiking is a kind of phonetic poetry consisting mainly of untranslatable vocables and sung in a chanting fashion somewhat reminiscent of certain Native American vocal music. Boine yokes the joiking tradition to a new age sensibility and plenty of sensuality in her back-up band of breathlessly panting pan pipes, throbbing synth beats, and expectant percussion. Good taste and lots of energy keeps this from falling into the kitsch abyss, though at times it's a close call.

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