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Okra Playground

Okra Playground – contemporary electro folk

Okra Playground from Finland, starred by Maija Kauhanen and Päivi Hirvonen is about strong vocal harmonies, big sound, age-old lyrics, hypnotic beats and mystical energy. The kantele and bowed lyre, both ancient folk instruments, coexist in a new, exciting symbiosis with modern electronic soundscapes. The music resulting from the quite unusual interesting combination has roots deep in the Finnish soil, but its tallest branches spread out towards the furthest shores of world music.

This is one of the most exciting bands to come out of Finland in recent times.” (Songlines Magazine UK 122/2016)

Youtube: Rautasuu
Youtube: Turmio (Studio Live)

Spotify: Ääneni yli vesien (2018)
Spotify: Turmio (2015)

Articles and reviews

Okra Playground’s second album Ääneni yli Vesien (My Voice Over Waters) was published in March 2018 by Nordic Notes and it gained great reviews and reached top 10 at Transglobal World Music Chart and top 3 at World Music Chart Europe. The band’s debut album Turmio (2015, Nordic Notes) has ever since been warmly received gaining praises in the new and old mediums – for instance receiving a five star review in Songlines Magazine. The debut also took Okra Playground to perform as the only Finnish band on the official showcase program of World Music Expo WOMEX in 2016. A third album by Okra Playground will be released in late autumn 2022.

Maija Kauhanen – vocals, kantele
Päivi Hirvonen – vocals, fiddle, bowed lyre (jouhikko)
Essi Muikku – vocals, kantele
Sami Kujala – electric bass
Veikko Muikku – accordion, synthesizer
Oskari Lehtonen – percussion



Laura Salokoski
+358 44 988 3397

Okra Playground Touring Highlights 2020-21

Ethno Port Poznan, Poland
Celtic Connections / Showcase Scotland, Glasgow, UK
Kaustinen Folk Music Festival (online)
Nordic Midsummer Festival, Japan (online)
Pajot, Finland
Folklandia Cruise, Helsinki-Tallinn


World Cultures Festival, Hong Kong
Tallinn Music Week, Estonia
Varangerfestivalen, Norway
Stenstansdagarna, Sundsvall, Sweden
Korrö Folkmusikfestival, Sweden
Etno-Espa Festival, Helsinki, Finland
Kihaus Folk Festival, Rääkkylä, Finland


Folkelarm, Oslo, Norway
Riksscenen, Oslo, Norway
Victoriateatern, Malmö, Sweden
Folkets Hus, Olofström, Sweden
Toernee Mondial Tour, Flanders/Belgium
Tafelhalle, Nürnberg, Germany
Pferdestall, Bremerhaven, Germany
G Livelab, Helsinki, Finland
Arctic Paradise Folk & Jazz Event, Helsinki, Finland
Kaustinen Folk Music Festival, Kaustinen
Oulu Music Festival, Finland


Flow Festival, Helsinki, Finland
WOMEX the World Music Expo, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Brosella Folk & Jazz Festival, Belgium
Rainforest World Music Festival, Malaysia
Nordsjøfestivalen, Norway
Haapavesi Folk, Finland