Valkeapää performing in Márkomeannu, Norway on July 28, 2008.
|Born||December 30, 1968
|Occupation||Teacher, musician, writer and artist.|
Niko-Mihkal Valkeapää is a Sami musician and joiker (Sami folk singer). He has been described as "one of Sami music's foremost performers." Valkeapää has been living in Kautokeino, Norway since 1990. 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
- Beginner's Guide to Scandinavia, 3CD-set, Nascente 2011
- A study of Riddu Riddu Festivála and its role as a cultural tool for ethnic revialization Riddu Riddu, Joik or rock-n-roll?
- Music Information Centre Norway; Niko Valkeapää: Niko Valkeapää, Listen to Norway continues with Niko Valkeapää: Niko Valkeapää
- Norway, The Official Site in Japan; Music from Norway, Niko Valkeapaa
- Niko Valkeapää Folkelarm 2008
Sidsel Endresen & Bugge Wesseltoft
|Recipient of the Open class Spellemannprisen
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