SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

MUS - CD - Stapanida Borisova home

Stepanida Borisova was born in 1950 in Nakhara Village in the Megino-Khangalaas district of the Republic of Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia. Since 1974, after graduating from the renowned Shepkin School of Acting in Moscow, she has worked as an actress at the Sakha Theatre in Yakutsk. She won the Ojunsky Prize (within the former USSR), and throughout the Russian Federation and abroad she has won a special place in the music world as a singer of tojuk. She has mastered many traditional Sakha vocal styles, including the female shaman style - female shamans are considered more powerful than their male equivalents, and it is said that her voice has healed people. 

When Stepanida was young, the way of life in her village was largely traditional, and she grew up listening to the songs that were real peoples' expressions of joys and sorrows.

On this CD, Stepanida presents a set of solo and accompanied songs, working with Jon Dobie (sax, guitars) and Asaf Sirkis (drums).