Accepted Paper:

Finno-Ugric ethno-pop and ethnic revival: traditional music of Finno-Ugric nations in the context of contemporary popular culture  


Helen Kõmmus (Estonian Literary Museum)

Paper short abstract:

The paper is concentrated to comparative research of Finno-Ugric nations (Udmurts, Permi-Komis, Estonians, Finns) traditional music in context of contemporary popular culture and ethnic revival movement, f.ex. in international folk festivals and fusional music performances.

Paper long abstract:

During the presentation will be discussed the processes of small Finno-Ugric nations traditional music popularization in contemporary cultural and ethnical context. Traditional and fusional musical material will be comparatively analyzed by possibilities of cultural and sociological theories. Research interests are musical and ethnical behavior, motivation and concepts of small ethnic groups in socially ruled performing situations in international folkfestivals and fusional music performances.

Research material (video and audio recordings, media responses, structured interviews) has been collected systematically since 2004 from different Finno-Ugric traditional music based festivals and performances in Finland (Kaustinen Folk Music Festival), Estonia (Viljandi Folk Music Festival) and Russia (multicultural festivals in Permi-Komi and Udmurtia). Besides the traditional music the musical styles of these events are different musical fusions f.ex. folk-pop, folk-jazz, alternative folk etc.

One research case is Udmurtian ethno-pop ensemble "Buranovskiye Babushki" ("Grandmothers of Buranovo") who won the second place in international Eurovision Song Contest 2012 as representativ of Russia with Udmurtian and English language folk-pop song. Group consists of eight ca 70 yeas old traditional village singers who have since year 2010 recorded with cooperation of Russian professional popmusicians many Udmuritan folk and auctor songs and rockmusic covers from The Beatles, Deep Purple and Eagles repertoire in Udmurtian language.

Panel P34
The institutions and practices of nation building of Finno-Ugric minorities in Soviet and post-Soviet settings