UPA-UPA UBINAKÕNÕ

Children Songs in Võru Language
Mari Kalkun (vocal, kannel)
Tuulikki Bartosik (accordion)
Ramo Teder (bowed lyre, guitar, mandoline, footbeat)

“Upa-upa ubinakõnõ” is a collaboration between Mari Kalkun, Ramo Teder and Tuulikki Bartosik. Songs represented on the album are  mostly newly written by the musicians, some of them have old traditional texts but some are also old traditional songs from Võrumaa. “Upa-upa ubinakõnõ” contains simple and joyful melodies with some exceptions to slower and contemplative tunes. This is the third children album released by Võro Instituut – the place where old võru language is kept alive in our modern society. Album came out in summer 2015.

This album is a collaboration between Võro Instituut, Mari Kalkun, Ramo Teder and Tuulikki Bartosik. Songs represented on the album are  mostly newly written by the musicians, some of them have old traditional texts but some are also old traditional songs from Võrumaa.  “Upa-upa ubinakõnõ” contains simple and joyful melodies with some exceptions to slower and contemplative tunes. This is the third children album released by Võro Instituut – the place where old võru language is kept alive in our modern society.

“The Võro language is linguistically the central part of the South Estonian language. South Estonian was one of seven Balto-Finnic ancient dialects (Western Finnic, North Estonian, South Estonian, Livonian, Votian/Votic, Old Karelian, Old Vepsian) and is for comparative linguistics one of ten contemporary Balto-Finnic languages. Those ten include Finnish, Estonian, South Estonian, Livonian, Votian/Votic, Izhorian, White Sea Karelian (North Karelian), Olonets Karelian Ludian, and Vepsian. According to sociolinguistic criteria there are even more Balto-Finnic languages (e.g. Tornedalian Finnish, Kven), but the distinction of those ten is reasonable in terms of lingua-historical developments.”  Evar Saar

“It is a special occasion for me to sing in võru language, as a part of my childhood was spent with my võru language speaking grandparents in Võru and Rõuge. I am really happy collaborate with Mari and Ramo and to work towards preserving our special language in music!” Tuulikki Bartosik

Listen the album “Upa-upa-ubinakõnõ” here!