SUISTAMON SÄHKÖ – Arctic Etnotekno Act
Hydroelectric power plants! Scratchy archive tapes! A toy accordion! All these fine ingredients are finally brought together in the form of Suistamon Sähkö – the uncompromising folktronica act with a taste for folk poetry, rap and manic dance moves! With Suistamo’s old village maps as their guide, they travel the bumpy roads of Karelia to bring you the grooviest accordion rhythms, funkiest samples and fizziest electronics, all tied up in a sweet bundle of folk tradition and hip-hop influences.
Over the last few years, Suistamon Sähkö has grown into quite a phenomenon in Finland and has started to extend its audience to elsewhere in Europe. They have played, for example, in France, Norway, Germany and Russia. The band was selected to perform at the WOMEX 2019 opening concert “Arctic Fire – Pohjoiset tulet” in Tampere in October 2019. In January 2020, Suistamon Sähkö showcased at Folk Alliance International event in New Orleans, USA. The band was also nominated in Finnish Ethnogala in the category for Dance Creator of the Year 2020.