This is historical: On November 21st, 2019, the City of Tampere received its very first gold record.
This feat was pulled off by Tampere-based rap group Mansesteri and Mikko Alatalo, a renowned musician and former Member of Parliament, whose joint performance Tampere II reached gold record status. The performers presented the city with its own copy of the gold record, as Tampere is an essential part of the hit song.
There it is: the first gold record of the City of Tampere. Mayor Lauri Lyly received the Tampere II record, as witnessed by Jesse Lehtinen, Iiro Lehtonen and Mikko Alatalo.
Readers beware: What follows is pure patriotic praise for Tampere.
The lines familiar from countless Tappara hockey matches rang out at Tampere City Hall as Mansesteri and Alatalo performed their song to Mayor Lauri Lyly.
“The song is an excellent depiction of what it’s like to live in Tampere. This gold record will have a worthy place at the Central Office Building,” Mayor Lyly promised. The record is planned to be put on display at the lobby where it will be also visible to passers-by on the street.
Tampere II by Mansesteri is an ode to the City of Tampere, released independently in 2015. In the chorus, featuring star Mikko Alatalo accompanies Mansesteri with lyrics written by his trusted lyricist, Harri Rinne. It is a convergence of generations.
In Finland, the threshold for a gold record from streaming is two million streams. It is very rare for an independent release to reach such numbers. Mansesteri is also known for their Tappara song Saravon Pekka, but it took Tampere II to hit the jackpot.
“We did a northern tour, playing in such places as Kemi and Oulu. In every town, no matter where, everyone joins heartily in the chorus,” Markus Savolainen from Mansesteri bemuses. He says that even fans of Oulu’s hockey team Kärpät were singing along after losing their game to Tampere’s Tappara. “They figured: ‘Hey, we lost, but it’s a good tune.'”
According to Iiro Lehtonen, Tampere boasts an impressive brand image among youths. “At gigs, 13 – 15-year-old kids come up to tell me that once they finish school, they want to move to Tampere.”
In the song, Mikko Alatalo of the ‘Manserock’ generation meets the rap generation.
“Rap is the music of today. When thinking of the Capital of Culture, rap is definitely a part of it,” Alatalo says.
“I’m even a little touched by the unrestrained emotion that these young men display when praising Tampere,” Alatalo adds.
And now, ladies and gentlemen: Tampere II.