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Background information
Birth name Merja Kokkonen
Also known as Islaja
Born (1979-05-19) May 19, 1979 (age 37)
Helsinki, Finland
Origin Finland
Genres Folk, experimental, acid folk
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Years active 2004–present
Labels Fonal
Associated acts Avarus, Kemialliset Ystävät, Hertta Lussu Ässä

Islaja or Merja Kokkonen (born May 19, 1979) is a singer-songwriter and musician from Helsinki, Finland. Besides her solo career, she is a member of free improv and psychedelic folk bands Avarus, Kemialliset Ystävät, and the trio Hertta Lussu Ässä.

She has been compared to Björk, Syd Barrett, and Nico.

Her music is notably psychedelic and very intimate using a large variety of instruments.


Also appears on[edit]

  • Beginner's Guide to Scandinavia (3CD, Nascente 2011)


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