“…Okra Playground have rewritten the rules of how to be at the forefront of contemporary world music while remaining true to their roots. This album alone makes them true ambassadors for Finnish music.” Finnish Music Quarterly 4/2016
“Okra Playground har verkligen lyckats skapa ett smakfullt helhetssound, en egen färgskala. / Okra Playground has truly succeeded to create an elegant, united sound, an own color scale.” Hufvudstadsbladet 2/2016
“Albumi lunastaakin odotukset ja läpi levyn punaisena lankana kuuluu runolaulun ja modernien soitinmaailmojen yhteiselo. / The album meets the expectations and throughout the record we hear the teamwork of rune singing and modern soundscapes.” Kansanmusiikki-lehti 4/2015
“– levy on mielestäni nykykansanmusiikin klassikoita jo nyt. / – already a classic.” Kantele-lehti 4/2015
“The band’s debut album. Turmio, is a surprising and engaging piece of world music.” – http://rosvot.fi/glue/the-10-best-finnish-albums-of-2015
Okra Playground, formed in 2010, is an ensemble made up of folk and rhythm music professionals. This six-person band’s fresh music captivates the listener with its hypnotic beat and mystical energy. The kantele and bowed lyre, both ancient folk instruments, coexist in a new, exciting symbiosis with modern instruments and soundscapes.
The music resulting from this interesting combination has roots deep in the Finnish soil, but its tallest branches spread out towards the the furthest reaches of world music. The strong voices of the three female singers, as well as the age-old lyrics, simultaneously take the listener to far-off places and close to home.
The musicians of this groundbreaking group are well known in the fields of folk and pop music – both in Finland and abroad. You can hear them in bands like Mari Kalkun & Runorun, Rönsy, Hohka, Siba Folk Big Band, Malmö, Ruber, Maija Kauhanen solo and Päivi Hirvonen solo.
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