Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha
English language live radio interview by DJ Ritu! And world premier of our new single ‘Naamioleikki’ (Masquerade) at A World In London, SOAS Radio.
We come from Lapland, from the small villages of Inari, Salla and the City of Rovaniemi. The band’s music is an unique speciality with various ingredients marinated in different sauces, main elements being the Balkan Roma grooves, Russian romances and old Finnish tango and humppa. The band consists of vocal, trumpet, bouzouki, accordion, double bass and drums. The songs being 99 % our own compositions, with love and it´s bitter beauty as a main theme in lyrics, including other key elements of life, like mortality, the deceptive glow of memories, the swaying earthly happiness and the inexorable vanity of our ambitions. Joy and sorrow are engaged in the rhythms and melodies, just like in life itself.
Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha was established in 2009 and has won recognition and released three critically acclaimed albums. But most of all it is famous for being the Finland’s wildest live act. Craft the band has been perfecting with approximately 80 gigs per year, from the villages the very northern Lapland to the hippest dance floors of Helsinki. Abroad the band has played in Germany, Italy, around Scandinavia, Baltic States, Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Ukraine and Russia.
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Photo by Jukka Merimaa
This year has started with new openings when the document movie ‘Kihniö’ by Saija Mäki-Nevala was released in the beginning of the year, with music composed and performed by the band. And ‘Bonaparty’, the newest album of Bavarian band Django 3000, hit the German top 20 album lists with a title song co-written with Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha. The adventures continue as the band was chosen for WOMEX – showcase selection this year in Budapest, and at the beginning of 2016 the band will start recording it’s long waited fourth album.
See you in Budapest! Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha chosen for the WOMEX 2015 showcase festival. Read our thoughts from the Music Finland’s little interview.