Bands such as Frifot (literally Footloose) and Hedningarna (The Heathens) have certainly helped pique an international interest in Swedish folk music over the years.
Hedningarna blend electronics and rock into their folk tunes. Frifot, meanwhile, are something of a super-group in the genre. They rely on more traditional instruments such as fiddle, accordion and nyckelharpa, a traditional Swedish string instrument.
Swedish folk music has a lot in common with other European folk music styles and is based on dance music such as the Polska. But there is also another type of Swedish folk music — that of the Sami people. Often vocal, with a yodeling style known as joik, Sami music differs quite a bit from other Swedish folk music. Mythical in its sound, it recalls the traditional life of nomadic reindeer herders, serving as an important part of an ancient oral tradition.
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