Okra Playground

Okra Playground is a modern Helsinki-based ensemble which extracts its essence from archaic echoes of old Finnish tradition. With the differing musical backgrounds of the groups six professional musicians the band is able to combine ancient archaic melodies with modern riffs and groovy basslines. The musicians of this groundbreaking group are well known in the fields of folk- and popmusic – both in Finland and abroad. You can hear them in bands like Malmö, Rönsy, Hohka, Siba Folk Big Band and Folk'Avant. Okra Playground’s tunes and songs are a great example of mixing rootsy instrumental performances with striking melodies and witty lyrics to build up a stunning symbiosis of acoustic and electric music.
Okra Playground
Okra Playground
Levynjulkkarikeikat on julki!🖤

23.11. G Livelab Tampere
24.11. Kuudes Linja Helsinki

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Okra Playgroundin kolmas albumi ”Itku” julkaistaan 28.10.2022. Albumin teemoina ovat muutos, kasvu ja vastakohdat. Marraskuun levynjulkaisukonserteissa uusi materiaali kuullaan ensimmäistä kertaa livenä ja luvassa on hengästyttävä ja väkevä kuva maailmasta, jossa valo ja varjo vuorottelevat.

Tervetuloa!! Nämä ovat yhtyeen ainoat Suomen keikat syksyllä 2022 🖤


Kuva: Antti Kokkola
Keikat myy Saura Booking Agency
Okra Playground
Okra Playground
First week of our USA tour behind! We had 13 workshops and one big concert during this first week. Thank you Oskaloosa, Iowa. The people here were so heartwarming and welcoming. And big thanks to our wonderful hosts Allison, Andy and Ryan ❤️
Next stop Freeport, Illinois ☀️

#okraplayground #electrofolk #usa #iowa #oskaloosa #georgedailyauditorium #touring
Okra Playground
Okra Playground
Next stop Chicago USA! 🇺🇸 Next 3 weeks touring the Midwest with this awesome gang 🤩 We will have some workshops and concerts in schools and also play some public concerts for the local audiences! Check the dates 👉🏻 🎵

This tour will be the first of three US tours we’ll play during the next years organized by Arts Midwest✨
Okra Playground
Okra Playground
The very FIRST REVIEW about our soon-to-be-released album ITKU has arrived! Thank you Der Hörspiegel! Link to this review in comments.

⭐rated 10/10⭐

in English:

“The Finnish six-piece Okra Playground makes powerful Nordic folk with mostly self-written lyrics, which can be read in Finnish and English in the small booklet. They are critical texts that deal with current problems. Even if the singing is in Finnish, and it's extremely impressive, you can hardly escape the driving rhythms and the distinctive voices of the three singers. The first instrumental piece Itku sets the mood, but there are also ballads that are just beautiful. With violin, kantele, accordion, drums, electric bass and synthesizer, an impressive world of lament is created. The only flaw in the 36 minutes is that I would have liked to hear more.”

Have you heard the 1. single ITKU?
Okra Playground
Okra Playground
💥ITKU / CRY is OUT NOW!! 💥 Listen here and drop a comment what do you think! 💙💥

▪️Päivi Hirvonen - vocals, fiddle, bowed lyre (jouhikko)
▪️Maija Kauhanen - vocals, kantele
▪️Essi Muikku - vocals, kantele
▪️Veikko Muikku - accordion, synthesizers
▪️Sami Kujala - electric bass
▪️Oskari Lehtonen - drums, percussion

🔹comp. Päivi Hirvonen
🔹arr. Okra Playground

🔹Guest musician:
Sami Zimmermann - programming

🔹Produced by Sami Zimmermann with Päivi Hirvonen, Maija Kauhanen and Veikko Muikku
🔹Recorded and mixed by Samuli Volanto
🔹Mastered by Alho Audio Mastering
🔹Record label Nordic Notes
🔹Cover design by Johanna-Adele Jüssi
🔹Promotion in Finland Heta Hyttinen / Ginger Vine Management & PR
Okra Playground