Finnish singer, songwriter and producer Pave Maijanen has passed away yesterday afternoon at the age of 70. The cause of his death was ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a degenerative disease of the nervous system. The disease forced him to end his musical career in late 2020. Born as Peka Juhani Maijanen this Finnish singer was better known by his stage name Pave Maijanen he represented Finland at Eurovision 1992 after his song “Yamma Yamma” scored the maximum of 66 points in the final stage of the selection.In Malmö, the song where he sang the word Yamma for no less than 72 times received only 4 points (3 from Yugoslavia and 1 from Israel) and it ended on last, 23rd place with that result.
That wasn’t his only appearance at Eurovision as he was the backing vocal for Finland in 1983 and a year afer his solo performance in 1993, he returned to the show as a backing singer and accordionist to Finnish song “Tule luo” performed by Katri Helena. In addition to his solo career, Pave was also known for being performer and producer in many bands such as: The Top Cats, Ours, Kopet, Mielikummitus, Smoking, Pepe & Paradise, Wigwam, The Royals, Mistakes, Dingo…
Pave Maijanen has also produced music for the television. For example, the Finnish version of the theme song of the cartoon Duck Tales is sung by him.
Our deepest condolences go out to Pave’s friends and family for their loss. May he rest in peace.