Angelit


Angelit is a finnish sámi music group of two siblings Ursula and Tuuni Länsman. The group used to be called Angelin tytöt until the year 1997. They have also released some albums under the name Girls of Angeli. Angelit come from the village of Angeli in the municipality of Inari, one of the few purely Sámi villages in Northern Finland. better known as Lapland. The entire population of Angeli are native speakers of Sámi. They make their living mainly by reindeer husbandry. The nearest shop is 70 kilometres away. In 1982, Eino Ukkonen, a Finnish teacher, took a Sámi-speaking class to sing at a Sámi festival in Utsjoki. This group included Ursula and Tuuni Länsman among four other girls and a boy. Thus the history of the group spans 15 years to date! Their first non-commercial recording was released in 1987. It was a Christmas tape that was recorded together with Mari Boine. In 1989 one of the original members died in a car accident and the band spread up. Only the two Länsman-Sisters remained. For the very first time the band established the name Angelin tytöt or Annel Nieiddat(Girls of Angeli). Three commercial releases by the Girls of Angeli followed: Dolla (Fire), Giitu (Thanks), and Skeaikit (Laughter). Giitu also introduced a new member, Alfred Häkkinen, playing guitar and drums. In 1994 they performed together with Waltari on Waltari's song So Fine of the same called album. Various tours followed on which they performed further songs. The album was follow...

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