The Finnish Broadcast Company (YLE): Watch: Slapping new life into the kantele


Singer-songwriter Ida Elina is helping to revitalise the Finnish national instrument, the kantele. Her blend of pop, jazz and folk is earning her gigs around Europe and inspiring younger players.

Ida Elina began playing the kantele at the age of 13 and was immediately sold. Now she has two custom-built concert kanteles, three albums out and a busy schedule of appearances.

Born Päivi Ollikainen in Oulainen, Northern Ostrobothnia, she decided to use her two middle names as her artistic name.

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