Kajsa Balto is indigenous Sami raised in Oslo, a background that has defined her as an artist facing Sami traditional music. When Kajsa Balto released her first single "Vári Alde" in 2016, she quickly made her mark with her Sami and yoik-inspired version of the old Norwgian folk song "Oppå fjellet". A musical process based on her own identity led to the release of her first album "Sámi sohka" in 2017. The result was new arrangements of yoiks and folk songs, where she sang in both Northern-Sami and Norwegian language.
Kajsa is currently working on new material for her second album. She collects yoiks from within her own family, and writes new music based on traditions from Kárásjohka. Kajsa´s strong vocal performances and heartfelt messages has created a musical platform touching a wide range of listeners. Together with her musicians, she creates magical sound images where indigenous power and modernity meet.
Kajsa Balto - Vocal, piano
Ragnhild Tronsmo Haugland - Cello
Karoline Bjørhei - Percussion
7 May 2019
Kajsa Balto - Sámi Sohka
Release date 25.09.2017
Kajsa Balto - vocals, piano
Ragnhild Tronsmo Haugland - cello
Karoline Bjørhei - percussion
Gaute Andersen - guitar
Cover design: Inga-Wiktoria Påve
Producer: Ragnhild Tronsmo Haugland, Ombra Sounds, Opera Omnia Records
Generously supported by Sámediggi - Sametinget