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Loituma’s initial incarnation was in the autumn of 1989 as a septet called Jäykkä leipä (“Stiff Bread”), born in the Sibelius Academy’s Folk music department. The original lineup included singers Sanna Kurki-Suonio and Tellu Turkka (formerly Tellu Paulasto, Tellu Virkkala), who later left for Sweden to join Hedningarna.

Over the years, the group has persistently followed its own musical path, applying different musical influences to its music. It has dived into musical streams of diverse origins. One of the cornerstones of Finnish folk music is the art of singing: stories and feelings are best conveyed through this instrument. Loituma’s songs convey the Finnish heritage, aided in the background by Martti Pokela and Toivo Alaspää. Another cornerstone of Loituma’s art is a Finnish folk instrument called kantele, which is featured in varied ways in their recordings.

Loituma members compose or arrange the tunes by themselves, often using improvisation. Lyrics come from many sources, two main traditional sources are the Kalevala, the national epic of Finland, and the Kanteletar. The lyrics are in Finnish language.

Band members
Sari Kauranen — kanteles, vocals
Anita Lehtola-Tollin — vocals, 5-string kantele
Timo Väänänen — kanteles, vocals
Hanni-Mari Autere — vocals, fiddle, 5-string kantele, alto recorder, double bass, Lapin drum

Discography
1995 - LOITUMA
1998 - Kuutamolla

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  • ML_IDLM_KTN_12

    I hate every single person who spells Ievan Polkka with an L

    12 Sep 2:32pm Reply
  • Shardzvoskat

    The popularity of Ievan polkka and its subsequent remixes subsumed the rest of their music. :(

    17 Aug 4:40pm Reply
  • breakscape

    What the hell happened to the similar artists? They used to be mostly Finnish.

    13 Mar 3:26pm Reply
  • MrKotofei

    There's so much more beyond Ievan polkka! And people, the starting letter is I (i), the one between H (h) and J (j), not L (l). [2]

    22 Feb 5:31pm Reply
  • Mokoniki

    How could anything Finnish ever be disappointing?! [14]

    6 Jul 2013 Reply
  • hauzzer

    Vote for this image. It's similar to the current main, but is larger and in color.

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • hauzzer

    Fortunately for me, they have two albums. It's still a tiny discography.

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • magicalhobo6

    I can't stop spinning these leeks!

    8 Apr 2013 Reply
  • hauzzer

    ONE album? You've got to be kidding me...

    22 Dec 2012 Reply
  • hauzzer

    There's so much more beyond Ievan polkka! And people, the starting letter is I (i), the one between H (h) and J (j), not L (l).

    22 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Spiderschwein81

    Basshunter Remix!!!

    15 Oct 2012 Reply
  • MatheusDrew

    Levan Polkka <3 q

    13 Oct 2012 Reply
  • darkjavier

    How could anything Finnish ever be disappointing?! [13]

    22 Sep 2012 Reply
  • androidsanthem

    How could anything Finnish ever be disappointing?! [12]

    27 May 2012 Reply
  • Bloopy

    Check out what happened when I was inspired: Leekspin

    3 May 2012 Reply
  • Engelssturz

    Eriskummmainen Kantele..............♥

    28 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    hillebadde hillebadde hillebadde

    17 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Tinnerty

    Yup, discovered them through Leekspin and decided to try the album... was hugely pleased with what I found. Not what I was expecting at all, and love it so much. [2] and How could anything Finnish ever be disappointing?! [11] :)

    16 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Muriloribeiro

    How could anything Finnish ever be disappointing?! [10]

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Nimm2

    How could anything Finnish ever be disappointing?! [9]

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
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