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9 Aug 2016

Sumé "Sumut" 1973 Greenland/ Danish Prog,Political Rock first album

Sumé "Sumut" 1973 Greenland/ Danish Prog,Political Rock first album…recommended..!



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Sume the sound of revolution

Whoever said music couldn’t change the world? In 1973, Sumé, Greenland’s first ever rock band to sing in their native language was formed. Their poetic and politically charged protest songs gave a voice to the frustrations of the indigenous nation and were a catalyst for Greenland’s eventual independence from Danish colonial rule. This spectacular music documentary combines archive footage, interviews and sweeping landscape shots, against an excellent rock soundtrack, to firmly establish the ever-evolving Greenlandic identity……

In the 1970s the Greenlandic rock band Sumé released three albums that changed Greenlandʼs history. They influenced an era, boosted the self-esteem of the Greenlandic people and motivated the political process of establishing Greenlandʼs Home Rule Government and the countryʼs first uprising against the Danish colonial powers.
Itʼs a revolution youʼve probably never heard of. Not a shot was fired, not a single drop of blood spilled. Through present-day interviews and unique, previously unseen archival footage, the film brings to life a story of an indigenous peopleʼs fight for their own voice and cultural identity…….

Perhaps this is one of the most known 70s Greenlandic band outside of Greenland. However their first album still protects its mystery and in my opinion their first album is their best.

Somewhere it says “Sume’s LP was an overwhelming success. In a very short time it was sold nearly 10,000 times to Greenland’s 50,000 inhabitants. However, while Sume was the face of the old Greenlandic Renaissance, the people’s rediscovery of their own culture and the grafting of that culture on to the wild beast of Rock'n'Roll, Nuuk Posse represents the new Greenland. Modern (and hyper-modern) as Nuuk Posse sound, they carry the traditional Inuit culture to a new generation – for example old Greenlandic drum dance recordings have been sampled on their latest CD. Along with Nuuk Posse, other artists like Ole Kristiansen, Iisaavaraq Petrussen and the rock band Inneeruulat are experimenting to combine tradition with modern music. But from limited knowledge, it would seem that Nuuk Posse is leading the pack at present.

Artists such as Issarnerit and Sume sang about Inuit identity and made themselves present at many political gatherings. In 1973 Sume was actually the first Greenlandic band to release an album with Greenlandic songs in Greenland. The title of the album was ‘Sumut’ which translates to “where to” as a reference to what the future of Greenlandic people and language should be. According to an interview done by Karen Mohr Sokkelund with Karsten Sommer, the first person to produce and record Greenlandic music, “One of the goals of the project was to preserve the musical interest and musical life of a small country with a small number of people who speak their language.

Sumut’ was in fact a trend-setting album that inspired generations of young people to produce music in their own language in conjunction with a movement towards establishing a government-Home Rule-which is independent and functions primarily in Greenlandic. Now, young people see beyond their local borders and aspire to create music that can also exceed them.” …….

Greenlandic band being one of the first Inuit acts creating and performing a modern rock/prog repertoire rather than passing on the tradition. This was their debute album, made as a protest against the Danish colonization of the island and part of a movement to rediscover the Inuit culture and identity. Recorded and issued in Denmark through the independent left-wing Demos label. Lyrics and sleeve notes are in Eskimo-Aleut language. The fact that all are translated to Danish on cover and label helps understanding a little, but not much. The old woodcut reproduced on front cover, picturing an Eskimo hunter dismembering an intruder, shows on a grave cause. Songs and performance are slightly related to contemporary American or Danish rock, but the expression unique due to language and native idioms. Although the subjects are serious the songs comes out surprisingly pleasant and catchy. The instrumental setting is basic rock with some reinforcement on violin, saxophone and flute from supporting musicians. What really gets me going are the guitars. There’s riffs and hooks everywhere as leads or fill outs, electric and acoustic, lifting it from just a good protest LP to an excellent rock album. The recording is simple with an almost garage quality and the audio clear and natural. In all very good listening. Exemples - and . The copy shown here is from the only original issue. Most of the cuts can be found on the 1988 CD compilation “Sume 1973-76” (ULO-CD 46). First vinyl had label as shown here and matt fold/out cover with stapled sheets inside, containing band pic, lyrics, credits and additional info……..

This album is full of awesome riffs for an unknown Greenland band: From “Nye Tider” (New Times) to “Telegrafen er Død” (The Telegraph is Dead) you’ll be attacked with fabulous folky acoustic guitar with electric riffs and keyboards….

Malik Høegh
vocals, 12 string acoustic guitar
Per Berthelsen
vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Hans Fleischer
Erik Hammeken
Ole Host
alto saxophone
Anders Peter Novrman
electric guitar
Thor Backhausen
organ, flute
Kaj D. Holm
Jørgen Lang

1. Nye Tider (New Tmes)
2. Forår (Spring)
3. Forventning/Ankomst (Expectation/Arrival)
4. Den Første Bid af Sælen (The First Bite of the Seal)
5. Kravle Ind I Mit Indre (Crawling Into My Home)
6. Uro (Turmoil)
7. Bekymring (Concern)
8. Ode til Heimaey (Ode to “Lipica”)
9. Ildvand (Firewater)
10. Efterår (Autumn)
11. Telegrafen er Død (The Telegraph is Dead)

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