Mari Boine

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About Mari Boine

The ancient, shamanistic, musical traditions of the Samis of northern Scandinavia, in what was once known as Lapland, are given a modern twist by vocalist and drummer Mari Boine (Persen). Although her highly rhythmic songs are rooted in the wordless, yodeling-like vocal style of yoik (or joik), Boine's arrangements incorporate influences of jazz, rock, and other ethnic elements. Boine, part Sami, was exposed to the spiritual-like psalm singing of the Christian "Laestadian" movement as a child. As a result of the resistance to her Sami background that she experienced as a youngster, Boine developed a lyrical approach that expressed her feelings about discrimination. ~ Craig Harris

Gamehisnjarqa, Norway
8 November 1956

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