Thursday, July 30, 2015

Summer in P1 30/7: Maxida Märak – Göteborgs-Posten

Furiously tells Maxida Märak of childhood, rebellion, resistance, and music. Sometimes she goes, consciously, across the border.

Maxida Märak mixes hip hop with jojk and on the verge of a breakthrough. Her music is closely intertwined with the struggle for Sami culture, reindeer and against plans to transform Jokkkmokk a mining town.

“I’m ambivalent, I’m layering”, she says and develops why she makes the music she was missing but could hear in his own head. “Yoik for me is set to music sense. Hip hop is a kind of working-class music – honest, raw and sexy.”

Growing up in a colorful, loving family dealt with expeditiously. What is crucial is how she constantly moving toward and into the Sami culture and how Steve Earle’s song The Mountain will be an eye-opener that makes Maxida Märak involved in the struggle against the mining establishment in Kallak outside Jokkmokk.

Maxida Märak is as scorching engaged as eloquent when she talks about Sami history, friend’s suicide and the lack of mental health services in Sápmi, silence culture in small communities and especially the reindeer industry.

I think she making across the border when she expresses understanding of why people become terrorists and mean that Swedish society has shown that “the wolf is a thousand times more valuable than a man.” But so too is my base and horizon other than Maxida Märaks. But that bites the heart when she states that “I promise that I’ll never cowardly and put my skins before others.” Maxida Märak appears brutally fearless. For better and for worse.


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