Jon Henrik Fjällgren

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Jon Henrik Fjällgren
Birth name Jon Henrik Mario Fjällgren
Also known as Colombiano
Born (1987-04-26) 26 April 1987 (age 27)
Cali, Colombia
Genres Traditional joik music
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2014 – present
Website www.jonhenrik.se

Jon Henrik Mario Fjällgren (born 26 April 1987) is a Swedish singer and jojkare, an interpreter of Joik Sami songs and winner of the Swedish Talang Sverige 2014 competition in 2014 broadcast on TV3. Upon winning the competition he released the music album Goeksegh.

Biography[edit]

He was born in Cali, Colombia.[1]

At a very young age, he lived in an Indian village and later moved to an orphanage from which he later became adopted by a family from Sweden. He was adopted by a Swedish Sami family and became part of a Siida community in Mittådalens, a reindeer foraging area where he worked as a reindeer herder.[2] Fjällgren has revealed in several interviews that he was bullied as a child because he had darker skin and was not born a Sami. The bullying stopped as he reached teenaged years. [3]

He started singing local traditional songs when he was 14. He gained exposure when he sang in the presence of the King and Queen of Sweden who were attending church services at Funäsdalens Church.[4] When he was 16 he released an album titled Onne vielle.[4]

At the age of 26, he took part in the Swedish Talang Sverige 2014 competition and won over viewers with his interpretations of traditional Sami songs.[5] He auditioned with a moving rendition of "Daniel's Joik" dedicated to his best friend Daniel, who had died in an accident.[2] After winning the competition and prize money of 1 million Swedish kronor, he released his studio album Goeksegh on 19 May 2014, based primarily on materials he had performed during the contest.[6]

On 31 May 2014, he performed at the "Saepmie Welcomes Festival" a festival of sami culture that coincided with the Conifa World Football Cup held in Östersund.[7]

When Jon is not working on his family's reindeer farm or performing, he likes to be in the boxing ring throwing punches with his opponents.

Discography[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification
SWE
[8]
2005 Onne vielle (limited edition)  –
2014 Goeksegh 6

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
SWE
[8]
2014 "Daniel's Joik" 27 Goeksegh

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nu ska ’Talang’-jojken ta honom till Colombia". Aftonbladet. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b reindeerherding.com: A Young Herder Laments the Loss of a Friend
  3. ^ "Talang-Tobbe i tårar – efter sorgsen samejojk". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Jojkare tävlar i Talang i Sverige". Sveriges Radio. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Jon Henrik Fjällgren vann "Talang Sverige"" (in Swedish). Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Talang-vinnaren Jon Henrik Fjällgren släpper skiva". Sveriges Radio. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Dagen efter succésegern – Jon Henrik Fjällgren släpper skiva". OP.se. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Jon Henrik Fjällgren discography". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 

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