Mari Boine was born in 1956, out of the deep of North Sami Native
Culture, and gave her a heritage which make the her the strong voice
of the northern people in Scandinavia. Her childhood was spent in
the small village of Gámehhisnjárga, not far from the sami cultural
center of Karasjok, Finnmark.(North of Norway).
Her first musical experience came from the Laestadian movement,
a strong influenced Christian movement among the Sami people. Their
pietic psalms filled some gap between the traditional sami joik
and the Norwegian folkmusic.
Mari Boine's roots in the Ethnic native Sami "joik" , together with
the Christian influences have, beside of her adopting of jazz, rock
and native music from all over the world, made her one of today's
really unique artists.
She was met with resistance from her own at first, due to the opposition
she made against the traditional ways of Sami Culture under Norwegian
colonization, and the traditional women's roll, but now Mari Boine
give the inspiration to most of her people, and crushes the myths
about Norwegian bending the Sami, and the problems towards the Norwegian
society. The history of Norwegian domination and injustice are not
spoken easily about even today, and somehow it's being silenced
and even denied of some Norwegians.
The understanding of both Norwegian and Sami Native Society, and
it's internal and external conflicts, has made Mari Boine a great
ambassador of her outspring and people. She is a strong personality
and a woman with unbended will, and most of the time she has been
working with her own music....created the best ethnic music there
is to find in Norway today. Her audiences outside Norway, in Europe
and even in USA , has increased the last two years, and her work
is something to give her respect for. The high number of fans and
visitors to her concerts is enough evidence of that.
The first international released album was "Gula -Gula", recorded
in 1989, released by Real World Records. The third album "Eagle
Brother" made a Norwegian Grammy in 1994, after it's release at
spring 1993. Her band plays a variety of ethnical and traditional
instruments beside of the electronically one's. Some of the instruments
in use are the violin, bass, keyboard, guitar, Native American flutes,
strings, and ethnic drums.
When the journalists meet Mari Boine today, she tells that she loves
to be at the scene, and if anyone want to make a "home- with interview"
with her, they are welcome to do it at the stage, because that is
, in some ways her home. She says that she has developed alot these
16 years as an artist and feel the connection between her and her
public when she performs at stage, the magic between her and the
public can't be remade in any studio.. .
She feels that the new concert album has caught a kind of magic,
which is impossible to create in a studio. It's about something
that happen between the present audience, me and the Band, and it's
something we appreciate very much.She feel more secure now than
when she began as an performer, and this make the experience of
having a live audience very special.
The making of this record was done in Germany, among other places,
and Mari Boine has a very good experience with the German public.
She is traveling alot, and everywhere in the countries she travels,
she always meet a warm and great response.