Sume (band)

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Sume
Origin Sorø, Sjælland, Denmark
Genres Psychedelic rock, progressive rock, folk rock
Years active 1972–1977
Labels Demos, ULO
Past members Malik Høegh
Per Berthelsen
Hans Fleischer
Emil Larsen
Sakio Nielsen
Karl Sivertsen
Nikolaj Steenstrup
Erik Hammeken
Cover of the album Sumut, depicting an 19th-century woodcut of an Inuit having killed a Norseman.

Sume (meaning "where?" in Greenlandic) was a Greenlandic rock band considered the pioneers of Greenlandic rock music. They were formed in 1972 around the singer, guitarist and composer Malik Høegh (born 1952),and guitarist, singer and composer Per Berthelsen. Their first record Sumut "where to?" was released in 1973 on the Greenlandic ULO label and was purchased by 20 percent of the Greenlandic population becoming an important part of the Greenlandic movement for cultural independence of Denmark.[1] The band was inspired by American rock, but sang in the Greenlandic language and their lyrics were progressive and critical of the Danish colonial power. In the song Nunaqarfiit they sang "It is time to live again as Inuit and not as Westerners". The cover of the 1973 record Sumut showed a reproduction of a 19th-century woodcut by Aron of Kangeq depicting an Inuit hunter killing a Danish trader.[2]

The band was dissolved in 1977 but they still perform occasionally, and in 1994 they released the record Persersume "Snowdrift".[3]

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  1. ^ Bours, Etienne (2000). "Sealskin Hits". In Broughton, Simon and Ellingham, Mark with McConnachie, James and Duane, Orla (Ed.). World Music, Vol. 1: Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Rough Guides. p. –145. ISBN 1-85828-636-0. 
  2. ^ Pekka Gronow, Ilpo Saunio. 1999. International History of the Recording Industry. Continuum International Publishing Group p. 184
  3. ^ http://www.denstoredanske.dk/Kunst_og_kultur/Musik/Rytmisk_musik/Udenlandske_musikere_og_grupper/Sume