Mari Boine is a Norwegian Sami musician known for having added jazz and rock to the yoiks of her native people. Born in the northernmost county of Norway, Finnmark, she grew up with the Laestadian Christian movement as well as discrimination against her people. The album “Gula Gula” was her breakthrough album. She has since continued to record albums that have listeners all over the world. The Arctic Frontiers delegates will be given the opportunity to experience this treasured artist at the banquet dinner on Monday 25 January.
In 2003 Boine was awarded the Nordic Council Music Prize for her ethnic intuition, her artistic strength and for her ability to communicate with audiences all over the world. She has retained her musical roots but parallel with this provided her albums with a contemporary expression. In 2009 she was appointed Knight of First Class in the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav for her artistic diversity.