Adjágas is a vital Sami outfit, whose core is made up of Sara Mariella Gaup and Lawra Somby. Sara, from Guovdageaidnu / Kautokeino, has been singing since she was a child, performing on stage since the age of 12. Lawra learnt his musical skills from his father Ánde. Despite growing up in Oslo city centre, he comes from a proud Sami family, and to this day travels almost perpetually, within and outside Norway. The two deeply charismatic yoikers work with a revolving core of musicians and producers, and their live show sheds a different light on their music and its tradition.
Adjágas is the Sami word for the mental state between waking and sleeping. Samiland, also known as Sápmi, is the territory at the very northernmost parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland, spreading into Russia. The Sami tribes, numbering about 60,000 now, follow a nomadic existence, herding their reindeer all year from the central lands in the winter to the coasts in summer and back again.
Adjágas’s music has been described as gentle, peaceful, hypnotic, quietly passionate, dreamlike, deeply spiritual and utterly engrossing – but at the same time, strangely alien. Lyrics are unrecognisable, startling vocals delivered in a style that veers between whispered but crystal clear sweetness, unbridled emotion and all points in between, sometimes hitting notes that may previously have never existed.