Ulla Pirttijarvi
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Ulla Pirttijarvi

Ulla Pirttijärvi-Länsman
Born (1971-11-13) 13 November 1971 (age 47)
Angeli, Finland
GenresYoik, contemporary folk
Angelin Tytöt, Solju, Ulda

Ulla Pirttijärvi-Länsman is a Sami joik singer from the village of Angeli (Sami: Ael), Finland. She began her career with the music group Angelin Tytöt, but left soon after to pursue a solo career. She performs traditional joik music with Western arrangements of contemporary instruments.[1]


Ulla Pirttijärvi was raised with joik music and chanting. As a young child, she listened to her mother and uncle sing stories to her, and she chanted along; by age ten she was singing on her own. She then started performing in public with a group of young girls who called themselves Angelin Tytöt.

Pirttijärvi is very involved promoting Sami culture and Sami self-rule. In 1996, she wrote a music book called Ho?ko? dohkká, which won the cultural prize given by the Saami Council[2], and composed and produced an accompanying album full of songs aimed at children to teach them the Sami language and the Sami world experience.

Pirttijärvi lives with her daughter Hilda and her son Nilla-Ande in Utsjoki. In 2014, Ulla and her daughter Hilda Länsman created the band Solju and in 2015 they participated in Finland's Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu with the song "Hold Your Colours".[3] Her husband Jari passed away in the summer of 2017.


  • Ruossa Eanan (Russian Land) by Warner Music (1998)
  • Mattarahku Askan (To Foremother's Lap) by Warner Music (2002)
  • Áibba?eabmi (Longing) by Vuelie Music (2008)
  • Ulda (Huldra) by Tuupa Records (2012)
  • Solju by Bafe´s Factory (2018)


  1. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/Ulla+Pirttijarvi Short Biography
  2. ^ "Ho?ko? dohkká / Ulla Pirttijärvi". Dat.net (in Northern Sami, Norwegian Bokmål, and English). DAT. Retrieved 2019. Ulla Pirttijärvi was awarded with Nordic Sámi Council's Literature Prize in 1996 for her book.
  3. ^ "UMK 2015: Solju". YLE (in Finnish). Retrieved 2015.

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