Marja Mortensson

The young yoiker and singer from Svahken Sïjte in Hedmark county has a remarkable voice. Her music carries a strong presence of South Sami heritage and identity, which she performs with confidence. Marja was born into a reindeer herding family and her life and music revolves around the Sami way of living. Her songs describe her close bonds to nature, her fight for continuing the life as a reindeer herder and her wish to protect the South Sami language.

In recent years Marja has worked with Frode Fjellheim, bringing new life to traditional yoiks. Through their collaboration on the project ”Russuoh Vuölieb” (Wake up the Yoik) and thorugh courses taught by Frode Fjellheim at Nord University, she had the opportunity to relearn the Ume Sami and South Sami traditions.

Marja Mortensson received the Hedmark County Cultural Prize in 2013. She was the ”Young Artist of the Year” at the Riddu Riđđu festival in 2014. She then had the opportunity to travel to such diverse places as Taiwan, Siberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she performed concerts with local musicians. At the 2015 Festspillene I Harstad she performed together with Georg Buljo. In 2016 she received a prize in the traditional music category at the Sami Music Awards. She also performed at the 25th anniversary concert for the Royal Highnesses of Norway, King Harald and Queen Sonja. In 2017 she released her debut album, produced by Frode Fjellheim.

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4 days ago

Marja Mortensson

I morgen, fredag 14 juni, spiller vi i Washington DC! Tomorrow June 14, we play concert in Washington DC!
Daniel Herskedal
Jakop JanssønnVery happy to announce our first mini tour in the US! 🤩 We will play in New York June 10, and Washington June 14. Photo: Johan Ailo Kalstad
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I morgen, fredag 14 juni, spiller vi i Washington DC! Tomorrow June 14, we play concert in Washington DC! 
Daniel Herskedal
Jakop Janssønn

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Flott , dere er gode ambassadører for landet vårt. Flott å få vist vår sør samiske kultur også. Synes jeg da . Stolt av dere . 👍👍🌹👍. Lykke til videre . 🎶🎶👍🌹

Lykke til 🌹

1 week ago

Marja Mortensson

Arrived New York, and looking forward to play our first concert at Joe's Pub at The Public tomorrow, June 10, 7pm! 📻 ... See MoreSee Less

Arrived New York, and looking forward to play our first concert at Joes Pub at The Public tomorrow, June 10, 7pm! 📻

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good luck and have fun

Hey, take a walk on the wild side 🙂

Tvi, tvi!

Ååmsth!

Cristina Verán, you should really check this out, and spread the word 😊👌🏼

Lykke til 🌸

Lykke til 👍😊

Lykke til😊

Tvi tvi!

Lykke til. 🥰🎶👍

Så spennende og morro,Marja 😀Ønsker dere masse lykke til ❤

Lykke til 😀

4 weeks ago

Marja Mortensson

Very happy to announce our first mini tour in the US! 🤩 We will play in New York June 10, and Washington June 14. Photo: Johan Ailo Kalstad ... See MoreSee Less

Very happy to announce our first mini tour in the US! 🤩 We will play in New York June 10, and Washington June 14. Photo: Johan Ailo Kalstad

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Å så bra - masse lykke til 🙂

Buorre matki ja olu lihkku konsearttain Marja Mortensson Trio 👍😊

Stort grattis Maria

Sávan didjiide lihkku matkiin!

Harriet E. Berg Spellmannsvinner 2019 Marja Mortensson kommer til NYC og Washington DC i juni for å holde konsert. Marja lager moderne samisk musikk i en moderne setting. Ta turen dit eller kanskje dere kan invitere henne til den norske delegasjonen? 🙂

Marja. Men datorn gör som han vill ibland

4 weeks ago

Marja Mortensson

Some thoughts from Ryan Keberle about our concert at Katowice JazzArt Festival 👏

Ryan Keberle
Its time for another #musicmonday 🎶 🎼 I heard Marja Mortensson and her incredible trio, all based in Norway, perform at the Katowice JazzArt Festival in Poland earlier this year. I was totally oblivious to the Sami Joik folk singing tradition of northern Norway and was utterly captivated by both the tradition and its interpretation in the hands of Marja, Daniel Herskedal and Jakop Janssønn. The tradition, like so many folk music traditions, uses music to tell the story of the Sami people and their culture and history. However, what makes this vocal tradition unique, is that it is a word-less music, relying on the expressiveness of the human voice and the power of MUSIC (music does not include lyrics in my definition) to capture the essence of important individuals, family members, etc… of the Sami people. Marja pointed out in their set that while music with words are limited to the specific verbal language used and the serious expressive limitations of that language, the Joik tradition can capture the essence and unique qualities of its subject by relying on the power of MUSIC and SOUND bypassing the limitations of verbal language. This is how I have always experienced music and I hope to help others experience this via the music on our upcoming Catharsis album, The Hope I Hold on Greenleaf Music
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1 month ago

Marja Mortensson

En utrolig vakker versjon av nasjonalsangen, fremført av Fargespill, som jeg også fikk være en del av 17. mai 2014. Gratulerer med dagen!17.mai 2014 fremførte Fargespillere fra hele Norge forestillingen ”Ja, vi elsker” på Den Norske Opera & Ballets hovedscene som en del av det offisielle grunn... ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Marja Mortensson

A picture from our first concert in Polen, at 8 Katowice JazzArt Festival, so fun playing 🙂

Foto: Håkon Pettersen
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A picture from our first concert in Polen, at 8 Katowice JazzArt Festival, so fun playing :) 

Foto: Håkon Pettersen

2 months ago

Marja Mortensson

I dag slipper Moenje sitt debutalbum med samme navn. Vi har fått vår første 6er fra Dagsavisen!

open.spotify.com/album/1RmQU6dHoDVitP5Dp2yxTj?si=atWYzQlJTSyuoFreBAH1Rw

«Mortenssons vokal også denne gangen står fram som noe av det fineste vi har innen norsk musikk. Hun er like intuitiv som hun er gjennomtenkt, like lekende som hun er antydende og smygende, men enda så lav- mælt hun kan framstå er det en styrke i joiken og sangen hennes som slår gjennom alt.»

(Betalingsversjon)
www.dagsavisen.no/kultur/musikk/moenje-eventyrlig-fra-grensetraktene-1.1460908?paywall=true
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I dag slipper Moenje sitt debutalbum med samme navn. Vi har fått vår første 6er fra Dagsavisen!

https://open.spotify.com/album/1RmQU6dHoDVitP5Dp2yxTj?si=atWYzQlJTSyuoFreBAH1Rw

«Mortenssons vokal også denne gangen står fram som noe av det fineste vi har innen norsk musikk. Hun er like intuitiv som hun er gjennomtenkt, like lekende som hun er antydende og smygende, men enda så lav- mælt hun kan framstå er det en styrke i joiken og sangen hennes som slår gjennom alt.» 

(Betalingsversjon)
https://www.dagsavisen.no/kultur/musikk/moenje-eventyrlig-fra-grensetraktene-1.1460908?paywall=true

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Så flott! Gratulerer🙋!

Fantastisk👍🏻 Gratulerer👏🏼👏🏼😃

Magiskt, ser fjället, vatten och rörelse framför mig

Gratulerer👏

👏👍

Man luste lohkedh! Aellieh man stoerre datne sjidteminie jïh byögkeles aaj. Dïhte ohtje Maarja mij gåetien bïjre hajgi, öövre luste

Hurra for Moenje 🍾🥂 Dere og plata er absolutt verdt en sekser ❤️

Gratulerer! Imponerende!

Gratulerer😊👏

Gratulere, en velfortjent sekser!

Gratulerer 👊🏻👍🏻😉

Gratulerer!

Gratulerer! 🙂

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