Ancient indigenous traditions meet the modern world in Kajsa Balto’s unique musical expression. She is at the vanguard of a truly special generation of artists from Sápmi, who preserve their tradition through renewal, and she has distinguished herself with her soulful vocal expression. Kajsa presents yoik and Northern Sámi lyrics through an atmospheric and powerful soundscape, and she has received praise for her releases and live performances. Kasja has been referred to as an excellent example of how music knows no boundaries and becomes a common language across cultures.
An export drive for seven Scandinavian bands and soloists starts on 26 and 27 August during this year’s Tønder Festival. Since 2012, Folk Spot Danmark has presented Danish folk/roots bands aiming for a wider audience, both nationally but in particular internationally. The drive is organised jointly by SPOT Festival and Tønder Festival, the ambition being to give a lift to Danish folk/roots-music at home and abroad. The SPOT Festival has years of experience exporting Danish music, while Tønder Festival’s expertise lies in the folk and roots genre. Once again this year, eight Nordic folk/roots groups have been chosen by the international jury.