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Sampsa Astala, (born January 23, 1974 in Vantaa, Finland) is a Finnish musician and the drummer for the Finnish hard rock band Lordi. His stage name of Kita comes from the Finnish word meaning "jaws", "gap", or "maw".

He joined Lordi in 2000 and with the band. In recognition, the city of Karkkila, where he spent his teenage years, named its youth facilities after him.

Many critics view Lordi as a satanic band, however this is a common misconception. In fact on the "Thank you to..." list on his records Kita thanks "Almighty God"

Kita arranges and performs all backing vocals on the CDs, but he can't sing live due to his mask.

Character background Edit

Kita is a manbeast from an ancient alien race. Originally a brutal battle beast from the Mu Arae star system used in combat, he was sent to Earth for an unknown purpose.

The time-traveling Mr. Lordi found Kita in the mountains of Himalaya, enslaved by a snake demon. After Mr. Lordi defeated the demon, Kita allied with him.

It is not known if Kita is actually the name of the whole race or the individual. It is rumored that Earth's Yeti stories originate from sightings of members from Kita's race sent to Earth, which may link them to the Mi-Go of the Cthulhu Mythos.

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