Song of the day – We all have Eurovision songs that we love and listen to regularly. But then there are songs we might only remember because someone posts a link on Facebook or a Forum. We will shuffle through Eurovision history and present a random song every now and then during summer to bring back memories and give you the chance to discuss songs and years during the “Eurovision drought”. Our song of this day is Norway’s ‘Saamid ædnan‘ by Sverre Kjlsberg & Mattis Hætta (1980).
The title of the song is in one of the North-Norwegian Sami dialects, translating as ‘Sami Earth‘ or ‘Sami Soil‘.The message and uniqueness of ‘Saamid ædnan‘ was not appreciated by many, and it came 16th out of 19 competing countries with only 15 points. The 1980 contest was held in The Netherlands after Israel again could not afford to host it as winners for the second year running. Johnny Logan (Ireland) took home the trophy in 1980.
Thank you for the nomination, with its nominee saying “This was one of the first protest songs in Eurovision and one which changes mood and tempo several times. Plus, it is one of the first ethno entries, containing the special “joik” singing from the Sami people.”