During your time at Sjölunden, you’ll learn about traditional Swedish music and dance in addition to hearing modern pop favorites. Music is also a great way to learn new Swedish vocabulary! We’ll be singing your favorite songs during daily allsång, and you’re sure to go home with a new tune stuck in your head.
Traditional Swedish folk music primarily consists of ballads and kulning. Kulning was originally a cow-herding call sung mostly by women. The ballads consist mostly of written stories turned into song. The traditional instruments used in Swedish folk music are fiddle, accordion, and harmonica.
Sweden’s modern music industry is very diverse, with everything from pop music to hip hop and rap. Many Swedish artists choose to sing in English, hoping for international fans, but there are also lots of Swedish-language songs to choose from too. Swedes look forward to the Eurovision song contest every year, and Sweden’s Loreen won with her song ”Euphoria” in 2012. At Sjölunden, we often stage our own Melodifestival with villagers and counselors performing the hits.
Sami music originates from the Sami people, an indigenous group native to Sweden. This is typically found in Northern Sweden, and is highly spiritual. The use of the troll drum is the predominant instrument used in this kind of music, and serves as a way to contact the spiritual world.