The award-winning independent record label and publisher in Helsinki, Finland




Frigg

After two decades, ten albums, around a thousand gigs in thirty countries and tens of thousands of kilometers travelled, that same passion still burns. The hypnotic combination of that now-famous violin sound, the irresistible forward-pushing strum of string instruments and the pulse from the double bass, all together continue to create new paths. Just like the steady flow of a mountain stream in the springtime, the origins of which are precisely known.

New album ”PERINTÖ - HERITAGE” will be released 23rd of May, 2023 and a digital single “Palokankaan poikien parempi valssi” from the upcoming album will be released 7th of April, 2023!

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Hannu Saha & Pakasteet

Five-stringed futurism from a couple of hundred years ago!

Hannu Saha is a traditional folk musician specializing in various kinds of kantele and their traditional playing styles. He has appeared on dozens of recordings including Mummi Kutoo, Primitiivisen Musiikin Orkesteri Primo and Salamakannel.

Pakasteet (”Frozen Food”) are a dark electronic music duo formed by interdisciplinary artists Jussi Lehtisalo and Mika Taanila. Musician and record producer, Jussi Lehtisalo has released more than 150 albums, nearly 50 of which he has dropped with Circle, his most reputed outfit. Mika Taanila is a film director and visual artist whose work is situated halfway between documentary cinema, avant-garde and video art.

Album "Taas kerran, äkkiä" out 31st of July, 2023!

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Solju

Solju - Ulla Pirttijärvi and her daughter Hildá Länsman are Sámi musicians from Utsjoki, Lapland, which is the northernmost municipality in Finland.

Solju performs modern ethno music combined with traditional yoik singing. They are proud of the original northern culture and want to show it to the world!

First album "Ođđa Áigodat" (New Times) has been released 25th of April 2018. "Ođđa Áigodat" (New Times) Remixed -album has been released digitally 5th of June, 2020.

New album "Uvjamuohta" (Powder Snow) has been released 9th of September, 2022 and digital single "Oassi mus" (a Part of Me) from the album has been released 27th of May, 2022!

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Ritva Nero

Ritva Nero is a relatively new band on the Finnish music scene, formed in 2017. The music of the band could be described as Party Metal Folk. Lead instruments played in the band are Soprano Saxophone, Finnish Bagpipes and Nyckelharpa, complimented by a rock style Bass and metal music style Drums. Folk dance tunes are cleverly combined with the metal tradition of our time in a contemporary manner.

Sanna Salonen (Soprano Saxophone), Petri Prauda (Finnish Bagpipes), Emilia Lajunen (Nyckelharpa), Jani Snellman (Electric Bass), Patrik Fält (Drums)

Debut album Immortal Tradition out 14th of January 2022! Digital single Trepatska Thrasher out 22nd of October, 2021.

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Tuuletar

Tuuletar (“Goddess of The Wind” in Finnish Mythology) is a vocal performance group, consisting of four diverse women from Finland. Since 2012 these vibrant musicians have been singing, composing and performing together, creating their own and unique sound and identity.

Loimu (Mikko Heikinpoika Remix) digital single out 28th of May 2021, Vetten vuoro / Turn of Tide - digital EP released 15th of January, 2021.

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PERTTULA

Toni Perttula is a true musical blacksmith. His open-minded experimentation with diverse musical styles and genres has forged a path towards creating his own unique musical approach and identity.

Debut album Pajavasara / Forge Hammer has been released 14th of May, 2021.

Digital singles Talvenselkä / Height of Winter out 21th of December 2020 and Rauta / Iron 5th of March, 2021.

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VILDÁ

Duo VILDÁ combines mystical yoiks, swinging rhythms and improvisation in a fascinating way. In uenced by contemporary pop music and Finnish folk music, a unique soundtrack is born that will carry the listener to the northern fells, where the winds of the Sámiland blow.

Debut album “Vildaluodda - Wildprint” has been released 4th of April, 2019.

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Gájanas

Gájanas, in English Echo, comes from the top of Finland, Inari-Utsjoki and plays Northern Sámi ethno-progressive music. Members of the band are Hildá Länsman, Nicholas Francett, Kevin Francett and Erkki Feodoroff.

Debut album Čihkkojuvvon / Hidden released on Sámi National Day 6th of February, 2021.

Digital single Diamántadulvvit / Floods of Diamonds out 13th of November, 2020.

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NIEMI

Niemi is a mystical combination of lullabies, ambient music, strong imagery and the healing power of nature. Finnish lullaby tradition is hypnotically entwined with elements of electronic music starting a magical journey beyond the reach of space and time.

Digital single "Silta - Bridge" out 10th of January and debut album "Spiraalit - Spirals" out 6th of February 2020!

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Áššu

Áššu base their music on traditional Sami Joik. Ulla Pirttijärvi joiks of her relatives and her home villages Utsjoki and Angeli. Olav Torget and Harald Skullerud (R.I.P. 2020) complement the ensemble with string instruments and percussions. Helge Norbakken has joined Áššu for the second album, which will be released 2023.

Debut album Áššu (Embers) has been released 4th of April, 2019.
Vulleš Heaika -single from the album has been released on Sámi National Day 6.2.2019.

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PIIRAINEN | BLOM | COMPANY

Duo brings Finnish folk dances to 2020-era combining fingerstyle guitar, beatboxing and singing in a way that is never heard before! Highly acclaimed solo guitarist J-P Piirainen founded this duo with beatboxer and singer Venla Ilona Blom (Tuuletar) in 2018. Their musical roots are deep in Nordic folk music even though using highly modern instruments and sounds.

On their live shows duo is accompanied by professional folk dancers bringing great combination of live music and dance for audiences to enjoy!

MATKA / THE PATH Album out 12th of June, 2020! Digital singles "Kuiskaaja / Whisperer" out 16th of January, 2020 and Kotona / Home out 15th of April, 2020

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J-P Piirainen

"Nordic fingerstyle virtuosity."
- Angel Romero, World Music Central, USA

J-P Piirainen has created totally new, groovy and interesting style of music - Nordic Guitar Music. He brings a new twist not only to Nordic folk music, but also to the world of guitar music.

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Southpaw Steel'n'Twang

Southpaw Steel'n'Twang is a power trio which concentrates mostly on instrumental music; focus is often on pedal and lap steel guitars but electric guitar also has much to say.

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Vilma Timonen Quartet

The Vilma Timonen Quartet has pulled off a remarkable combination; unique sound that you have never heard before. Contemporary folk music combining musical elements from all over the world, blended together with the ancient sound of the Kantele.

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Subsonic Trio

Subsonic trio draws together ancient instruments and musical aesthetics from their homelands to create a deep rooted contemporary sound.

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Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble

Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble takes the sounds of Benin, the homeland of Voodoo, and combines them with soulful songwriting, jazzy improvisations and funky beats.

New album “We Are Together” was released 23th of March 2018.

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2023

NOMINATION: The Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards 2023, Canada - The International Indigenous Artist/Group/Recording of the Year

Solju: Uvjamuohta / Powder Snow

AWARD:Radio Ona de Barcelona (Catalunya), The World Music Program Les Rutes Del So - Best Folk International Label 2022

Bafe´s Factory

NOMINATION: The Finnish Ethno Album 2022, the Finnish equivalent to the Grammy Award

Solju: Uvjamuohta / Powder Snow

NOMINATION: The German Record Critics' Award - Longlist 1, 2023, Germany, distributed by Nordic Notes

Solju: Uvjamuohta / Powder Snow

2022

NOMINATION: Nominee for Sameradion & SVT Sápmi, Årets låt i Sápmi - Year's song in Sápmi 2022, Sweden

Solju: Oassi Mus

AWARD: The Recorded A Cappella Review Board, RARB Albums of the Year 2021, USA

Tuuletar: Vetten vuoro / Turn of the Tide

NOMINATION: The Finnish Music Publishers Association, genre-free category

Ritva Nero

2021

AWARD: The Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards 2021, Canada - The International Indigenous Artist-group Recording of the Year

Gájanas: Čihkkojuvvon / Hidden

AWARD: Music Moves Europe Talent Awards 2021

VILDÁ

AWARD: Montreal Independent Film Festival, (Feb/March 2021)

VILDÁ: Utsjoki-disko, directed by Kim Saarinen

AWARD: Music Video Underground Festival (March 2021), Best Band Video

VILDÁ: Utsjoki-disko, directed by Kim Saarinen

NOMINATION: The German Record Critics' Award - Longlist 3, 2021, Germany, distributed by Galileo Music

Traditionelle etnische Musik - PERTTULA: Pajavasara / Forge Hammer

NOMINATION: The Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards 2021, Canada - The International Indigenous Artist-group Recording of the Year

VILDÁ: Vildaluodda / Wildprint

2020

AWARD: The Finnish Music Publishers Association, genre-free category

NIEMI

AWARD: The Recorded A Cappella Review Board, RARB Picks of the Decade: 2010-2019, USA

Tuuletar: Rajatila / Borderline

AWARD: Songlines, The 50 Greatest World Music Albums of the Last 5 Years

Vildá: Vildaluodda / Wildprint #19

NOMINATION: Nominee for Sameradion & SVT Sápmi, Årets låt i Sápmi - Year's song in Sápmi 2020, Sweden

Gájanas: Diamántadulvvit

NOMINATION: The Finnish Music Publishers Association, genre-free category

VILDÁ

NOMINATION: The German Record Critics' Award - Longlist 2, 2020, Germany, licensed by Nordic Notes

Folk and Singer Songwriter - NIEMI: Spiraalit/Spirals

NOMINATION: Newcomer of the Year, Finnish Ethnogala 2020

VILDÁ

NOMINATION: Best Young Artist, Sami Music Awards, Norway

Hildá Länsman

Alta, Norway, 8th of February, 2020

NOMINATION: Open Class, Sami Music Awards, Norway

SOLJU

Alta, Norway, 8th of February, 2020

2019

AWARD: Songlines Best Albums 2019

Vildá: Vildaluodda / Wildprint

AWARD: Womex 2019 - The World Music Charts: Top 25 Labels of the Year

Bafe's Factory #17

AWARD: The German Record Critics' Award - Longlist 3, 2019, Germany licensed by Nordic Notes

Weltmusik - Áššu: Áššu

AWARD: The Indigenous Music Awards (IMA) Canada, Best International Indigenous Release 2019

Solju: Ođđa Áigodat (New Times)

AWARD: Border Breaking Act of the Year, Finnish Ethnogala 2019

Tuuletar

AWARD: Folk Music Creator of the Year, Finnish Ethnogala 2019

Solju

HONORARY MENTION: Producer of the Year, Finnish Ethnogala 2019

Bafe’s Factory

NOMINATIONS: Nominee for Sameradion & SVT Sápmi, Årets låt i Sápmi - Year's song in Sápmi 2019, Sweden

  • Vildá: Utsjoki-disko
  • Áššu: Vulleš Heaika

NOMINATION: The Finnish Music Publishers Association, genre-free category, Vuoden vokaalitekijät

Tuuletar: Venla Ilona Blom, Sini Koskelainen, Johanna Kyykoski and Piia Säilynoja

NOMINATIONS: The German Record Critics' Award - Longlist 3, 2019, Germany licensed by Nordic Notes

  • Folk and Singer Songwriter - VILDÁ: Vildaluodda / Wildprint
  • Weltmusik - VILDÁ: Vildaluodda / Wildprint

NOMINATION: Teosto Prize 2019, Finland

Ođđa Áigodat - Solju (New Times)

NOMINATION: The Finnish Ethno Album 2018, the Finnish equivalent to the Grammy Award

Solju: Ođđa Áigodat (New Times)

NOMINATIONS: Nominees for the Finnish Ethnogala 2019

  • Intersection Prize - Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble
  • Artist of the Year - Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble
  • Folk Music Creator of the Year - Tuuletar
  • Newcomer of the Year - Solju

2018

AWARD: The Finnish Music Publishers Association, genre-free category, Vuoden etnotekijä

Ulla Pirttijärvi and Hildá Länsman
Songwriters of Solju: Ođđa Áigodat (New Times)

The award was chosen and given by journalist Maria Veitola.

NOMINATION: Nominee for Sameradion & SVT Sápmi, Årets låt i Sápmi - Year's song in Sápmi 2018, Sweden

Solju: Ođđa Áigodat (New Times)

NOMINATION: The German Record Critics' Award - Longlist 4/2018, Germany, Germany licensed by Nordic Notes: Folk & Singer/Songwriter

Solju: Ođđa Áigodat (New Times)

2017

AWARD: The Finnish Ethno Album 2016, the Finnish equivalent to the Grammy Award

Tuuletar: Tules maas vedes taivaal

NOMINATION: Nominee for Folk Music Songwriter of the Year, Finnish Ethnogala 2017

Tuuletar

2015

AWARD: The best Kantele album 2015 in Finland

Vilma Timonen Quartet: Drops

The winner was selected by Hannu Lintu, the Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Womex 2019 - The World Music Charts: Top 25 Labels of the Year

Bafe’s Factory #17

HONORARY MENTION: Producer of the Year, Finnish Ethnogala 2019

Bafe’s Factory

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Executive Producer

Jyri Lehtonen
jyri.lehtonen bafesfactory.fi
+358 40 511 3817

Sales & Promotion

Aija Lehtonen
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