Friday, October 05, 2018

FINLAND: KATRI HELENA INCLUDED IN THE FINNISH MUSIC HALL OF FAME

Helsinki and Finland will get its own museum celebrating Finnish music, a multimedia affair inspired by Stockholm's ABBA Museum among others. It will also include the Finnish Music Hall of Fame and the first ten names included have been revealed. The only living one among the legends is none other than the blue & white voice Katri Helena (73). Her career spans already six decades and she has released over 50 albums, recorded nearly 500 songs and sold over 1,5 million albums. On top of that several international festivals including Eurovision song contest. Twice. 
The museum will be opening in fall 2019 in Helsinki's Pasila district's new Tripla complex.
The other Fame names included are classical composer Jean Sibelius, opera singer and creator of Savonlinna opera festival in Olavinlinna castle Aino Ackté, dance orchestra Dallapé (still existing, since 1925!), singer, musician and composer Georg Malmsten, king of tango Olavi Virta, folk virtuoso Konsta Jylhä, composer, musician, producer, talent scout, arranger and pianist Toivo Kärki, author and composer, musician, singer, actor, writer Reino Helismaa and singer-songwriter, poet Juice Leskinen.  Kärki & Helismaa wrote the Finnish Eurovision entry 1965, Kärki also composed 1969 entry. 

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