Raajroe – The Reindeer Caravan is the third album from Norwegian Grammy-winner, Marja Mortensson. Beautifully orchestrated by Daniel Herskedal, who also plays on the album with Jakop Janssønn and the Norwegian National Broadcasting Orchestra.
Marja Mortensson (26), a young South Saami yoiker and singer from Svahken Sïjte reindeer herding district, in Hedmark County (Norway), has a remarkable voice. Born into a reindeer herding family, Marja’s life, as well as her music, are both firmly rooted in the South Saami way of life. Her songs centre different aspects of her indigenous Saami identity, e.g. the closeness and importance of the environment, as well as both her love for reindeer husbandry and her commitment to the protection and revitalization of the South Saami language.
Despite her young age, Marja has already received widespread recognition for her music and throughout her career she has performed together with several well-known musicians. She was awarded the 2013 Hedmark County Culture Award, and was crowned “Young Artist of the Year” at the international indigenous festival Riddu Riđđu, in 2014. This, in turn, gave her the rare opportunity to perform in Taiwan, Siberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. At the beginning of 2017, Marja played a major role in the centennial Saami concert in Trondheim, which marked the centenary of the first Saami Assembly in 1917. She has been working as the County Musician of Troms, Norway. In 2019, she got a Spellemann (the Norwegian Grammy Award) in the folk music category for her second album Mojhtestasse - Cultural Heirlooms. She was rewarded with the Áillohaš music prize in 2021, the biggest recognition for a Sámi artist.
released September 17, 2021
Conductor: Christian Eggen
Produced by: Halldor Krogh, Daniel Herskedal, Marja Mortensson, Jakop Janssønn
Music by: Marja Mortensson, Daniel Herskedal
Lyrics by: Marja Mortensson
Orchestrated by: Daniel Herskedal
Marja Mortensson – yoik, vocals
Daniel Herskedal – tuba, bass trumpet
Jakop Janssønn – drums
The Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Recorded at: NRK Store Studio
Recorded by NRK Recording Engineers:
Additional recordings at:
Øra Studio by Kyrre Laastad
Propeller Music Division Studio by Hans Andreas Horntveth Jahnsen
Vuelie Studio by Frode Fjellheim
Ballerina Audio by Nils Johansson
Mastered by: Thomas Eberger
Mixed by: August Wanngren
Drawings: Marja Mortensson
Artwork and painting: Thomas Barlund
Photo: Jarle Hvidsten (portrait)
Photo: Ellen Angeta Norvang (trio picture)
Photo: O. Hägglund, Rørosmuseet archives (motive: Reindeer Caravan)
Photo: The photo collection after Lars Danielsen, Rørosmuseet archives.
Marja Mortensson (26), a young South Saami yoiker and singer from Svahken Sïjte reindeer herding district, in Hedmark County
(Norway), has a remarkable voice. Born into a reindeer herding family, Marja’s life, as well as her music, are both firmly rooted in the South Saami way of life....more