Mari Boine

Mari Boine’s music can pull on strings you didn’t know you had. It can provide meaning, but it can transcend it too, providing experiences which go to your core, that touch the primal.

Mari’s music is disarmingly simple, gaining strength in the interplay between songs, voice, musicians – and the listener. Exceptional artists are difficult to categorise: as a Sámi artist, a world artist, Mari has moved between folk, jazz and rock since the early 80s, fiercely condemning the suppression of the Sámi language and culture. At first she only sang in Norwegian and English, before reclaiming her native tongue; she became influential, both at home and abroad, through her anger, and the political content of her 1989 breakthrough ‘Gula Gula’.  She was seen as a spokesperson for the Sámi, a role Mari declines. “I can’t represent a whole people. But I can tell my story as a Sámi, and in that way tell part of the Sámi people’s story. In my songs I can depict the pain of oppression, the struggle to regain self-respect, but also the joy of growing up in a culture which has such a close bond with nature,” she says.