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Mari Boine in NYC

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 13. May, 2014

Sámi folk music icon Mari Boine makes rare NYC live appearance this week.

As part of the ongoing exhibition ‘Sámi Stories: Art and Identity of an Arctic People’ at NYC’s Scandinavia House, Mari Boine makes a rare NYC live appearance on Tue 13th of May.

Brave and distinctive, Mari Boine’s soaring voice has defined a new musical language in Norway. Her beguiling talent for weaving other sounds into joik, the traditional music of her native Sámi people, incorporates rich seams of other folk music, jazz, and rock.

Mari Boine is a Norwegian Sámi musician known for having added jazz and rock to the joiks of her native people. Born in Finnmark, Norway she grew up amid the Laestadian Christian movement as well as amidst discrimination against her people. Gula Gula (first released by Iđut, 1989, later re-released by Real World) was her breakthrough release, and she has continued to record popular albums that has listeners all over the world.

In 2003 Boine was awarded the Nordic Council Music Prize for her ethnic intuition, her artistic strength and for the ability to communicate, which allows her to reach people in all corners of the world – regardless of cultural background. She has retained her musical roots, while giving them a contemporary expression which reaches an enormous audience all over the world. She was appointed knight, first class in the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav for her artistic diversity on September 18, 2009. In early 2010 she released her first “best of” album.

The concert is co-presented with the Riddu Riđđu Festival and Center for Northern Peoples. The concert is suppported by The Sámi Parliament of Norway and Music Norway.

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