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(Øyvind Sauvik)
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Vinni in Sluserock (2011)
Background information
Birth name Øyvind Sauvik
Also known as Vincent Vagabond
Born (1976-02-03) February 3, 1976 (age 41)
Arendal, Norway
Genres Hip hop, Rap
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 2002 – present
Associated acts Paperboys

Øyvind Sauvik (born 3 February 1976), better known by his stage name Vinni, is a Norwegian musician and hip hop artist.


Born in Arendal, Norway, Sauvik moved with his parents to Tanzania when he was three years old, as they worked with development agency NORAD. He grew up in Africa and learned to speak Swahili there.

Upon his return, he formed the hip hop duo Paperboys with Jarle "J.J." Hollerud. When JJ left the formation, he was replaced by DJ Ole Alexander "Pope Dawg" Halstensgård. In the duo Øyvind Sauvik was popularly known as Vincent Vagabond or just Vinni. The band released a number of successful albums.

In 2009, Vinni took part in the Norwegian TV 2 channel's reality television program Det store korslaget, a competition of choirs. He took on a choir from Kolbotn[1] where they finished 5th in the competition out of 7 choirs taking part.

In 2009, he also took part in Zebra Grand Prix a car racing competition of celebrities broadcast on TV2 Zebra where Vinni partnered with Vibeke Klemetsen. Although the couple passed the preliminary round of the race, they were eliminated after the semi-final race. The partners Trine Rein & Jan Erik Larssen were the eventual winners.

Vinni and the Vagabonds[edit]

In 2010, he carved for himself an independent musical career with his band Vinni and the Vagabonds with a release of the album Happily Lost.[2]

In Hver gang vi møtes[edit]

Vinni also took part in the reality television program Hver gang vi møtes[3] also on TV 2, with well-known singers competing on performing of hits of the other participants. Vinni's interpretation were:

  1. Halvdan Sivertsen episode - "Sommerfuggel i vinterland"
  2. Bertine Zetlitz episode - "Apples & Diamonds"
  3. Jan Eggum episode - "Kor é alle helter hen?"
  4. Anne Grete Preus episode - "Millimeter"
  5. Øyvind "Vinni" Sauvik episode - Being his week, the other participants sang Vinni's own hits with Elvira Nikolaisen singing "Barcelona", Jan Eggum singing "Tomorrow", Bertine Zetlitz singing "Change My Star", Øystein Dolmen singing "Let the Monkey Out", Anne Grete Preus singing "Medisin" and Halvdan Sivertsen singing "Lonesome Traveller"
  6. Elvira Nikolaisen episode - "Nothing to Lose"
  7. Øystein Dolmen episode - "God morgen Norge"

EMI released a compilation of the performances on an album entitled Venner. Vinni's interpretation of "Sommerfuggel i vinterland" from Halvdan Sivertsen proved to be the most popular of all the performances.

In 2012, Vinni had a huge success with the single "Sommerfuggel i Vinterland" that he performed initially during Hver gang vi møtes. the song stayed at the top of the VG-lista, the official Norwegian Singles Chart, for 5 consecutive weeks. This top selling single was replaced by yet another of his Hver gang vi møtes performances namely "Godmorgen Norge" which also reached #1 and staying at the top of the VG-lista for another 2 weeks, making it a total of 7 consecutive weeks for Vinni on top of the Norwegian charts in 2012.

Based on this immense success, Vinni released yet a third single "Halve meg" that entered the Norwegian Singles Chart at #4 in its first week of release. A studio album is expected during 2012.



Year Album Peak position Certifications
2012 Oppvåkningen 1
as Vinni and the Vagabonds
Year Album Peak position Certifications
2010 Happily Lost 33
as Paperboys
Year Album Peak position Certifications
2002 No Cure for Life 6
2003 The Great Escape 3
2005 When Worlds Collide 13
2006 So Far So Good... Songs & Singles 4
2006 The Oslo Agreement 4


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
2012 "Sommerfuggel i vinterland" 1
2012 "Godmorgen Norge" 1
2012 "Halve meg" 4
as Vinni & the Vagabonds
Year Single Peak chart positions Album
2012 "Let the Monkey Out"
(feat. Timbuktu)
as Paperboys
Year Single Peak chart positions Album
2002 "Barcelona" (feat. Madcon) 12
"Find My Way" 11
2003 "What You Need" 5
"On the Low" 13
2004 "One Day" 4
2005 "Wiggle It" 9
"Keep It Cool" 9
2009 "Lonesome Traveler" 1


  1. ^ TV 2 Norway: Team Vinni "kjøper" stemmer style="background:#F99;vertical-align:middle;text-align:center;" class="table-no"|No
  2. ^ NRK Norway: Vinni liker å gå seg vill style="background:#F99;vertical-align:middle;text-align:center;" class="table-no"|No
  3. ^ Vinni gikk ned ni kilo etter "Hver gang vi møtes" style="background:#F99;vertical-align:middle;text-align:center;" class="table-no"|No
  4. ^ a b c d Steffen Hung. "Vinni page". Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Vinni and the Vagabonds page". Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Paperboys page". Retrieved 2012-04-21. 

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