Niko Valkeapää

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Niko Valkeapää
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Valkeapää performing in Márkomeannu, Norway on July 28, 2008.
Born December 30, 1968
Enontekiö, Finland
Ethnicity Sami
Occupation Teacher, musician, writer and artist.[1]

Niko-Mihkal Valkeapää is a Sami musician and joiker (Sami folk singer). He has been described as "one of Sami music's foremost performers."[1] Valkeapää has been living in Kautokeino, Norway since 1990.[2] He is godson of Sami artist and joiker Nils-Aslak Valkeapää.

He won the Sámi Grand Prix (1994, 1995), received the Spellemann award in 2003 (open class) with his debut album, and the Liet Ynternasjonaal award, the international music prize for minority music. He has toured across Norway, including the Nattjazz festival in Bergen, and the Northern Norway music festival Riddu Riđđu in Manndalen, Norway. His work has been considered part of the "third wave" of modern Sami music culture, which he has done much work on, among others Georg Buljo.


  • Niko Valkeapää, Duippidit, 2003
  • Sierra, Duippidit, 2004
  • Birrat birra, Duippidit, 2008
  • Gusto, Duippidit, 2012

Also appears on[edit]

  • Beginner's Guide to Scandinavia, 3CD-set, Nascente 2011


  1. ^, Niko Valkeapää, 10 May 2004, retrieved 11 January 2009
  2. ^, A Search for Identity, 6 February 2005, retrieved 11 January 2009

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Preceded by
Sidsel Endresen & Bugge Wesseltoft
Recipient of the Open class Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Frode Fjellheim