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The Oslo World Music Festival 2016 culminates with a grand tribute to the leading yoiker and Sápmis yoik’s queen, Inga Juuso.

The stage is set for the most star-studded focus on Sami music in the festival’s history, when Norway’s leading Sami artists gather at the Opera’s main stage.

The theme for this year’s festival is forbidden songs. With that in mind, it is impossible to ignore the joik, which is still regarded as controversial in many Norwegian and Sami denominations. An artist who was never afraid to express her Sami culture was Inga Juuso. She was an important source of inspiration for Mari Boine, and many other artists at home and abroad. She was honored with a grand memorial concert in Kautokeino shortly after her death in 2014.  

— Inga Juuso was one of Norway’s biggest artists, a world class vocalist, a brave activist and an incredibly generous woman. She was and is a role model for many artists worldwide, and a proud ambassador for Sami culture, says festival director Alexandra Archetti Stølen.

The melody of memories is a beautiful, groovy and playful performance, with Sami music expressed in many forms and strokes – it creates room for joy, sadness and contemplation.  

The Oslo World Music Festival has over the past 23 years, distinguished itself as one of Europe’s leading world music festivals. From the 1st to 6th of November 2016, over 300 artists from all continents will play at different stages in downtown Oslo.  

— The National Norwegian Opera & Ballet engages in the city’s cultural life, also through collaborations with a number of other institutions and organizations. Oslo World Music Festival is an important contributor to the diversity and quality of Oslo’s culture, and it is with pride and pleasure that we this year can accommodate the festival’s grand closing concert, says Opera Director Per Boye Hansen.

Mari Boine, Sofia Jannok, Sara Marielle Gaup, Ulla Pirttijärvi, Niko Valkeapää, Leif Isak E. Nilut, Iŋgor Ántte Áilu Gaup (Ailloš), Anders P. Bongo

Roger Ludvigsen

Clarinet and saxophone:
Håvard Lund

Gunnar Augland, Harald Skullerud

Flute and percussion:
Patrick Shaw-Iversen

Bass og vocal:
Steinar Raknes

See film about Inga Juusso HERE.

Text: Kristian Krohg-Sørensen
Photo: Susanne Hætta

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