Buffy Sainte-Marie, born in 1941, has roots in the Cree Nation from Saskatchewan in Canada. As a singer, songwriter, travelling musician, political activist and visual artist, Buffy Sainte-Marie has been an international superstar in the struggle for Native American interests, rights and status for over five decades. She released her first album in 1964. It contained the song Universal Soldier, which became a hit for Donovan. Among Buffy Sainte-Marie’s other successes are Now That The Buffalo’s Gone, the title song from the film Soldier Blue; and Up Where We Belong, written in collaboration with songwriting veterans Jack Nitzsche and Will Jennings. The song was a massive hit for Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker and, as part of the soundtrack to the film An Officer And A Gentleman from 1982, won an Oscar as the Best Original Song. Buffy Sainte-Marie has over 40 awards and honours to her name. Her most recent album is Medicine Songs (2017), with new and old songs by Buffy Sainte-Marie. With band and Her only Danish festival concert in 2020.
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