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The 2018 theme: music of indigenous peoples

Tønder Festival has a new feature in its 2018 programme: the music of  indigenous cultures, with musicians representing the original populations of Canada, Greenland, Australia and northern Scandinavia.

 

Claus Vittus, radio host and music journalist, expounds on the music and the cultures and has interviewed some of the musicians: Mari Boine, Vassvik, Rasmus Lyberth, Dan Sultan and William Prince. Read more and listen to podcasts of the interviews here.

Forbidden Nordic Song

Mari Boine sustains the centuries-old shamanist tradition, the singing of the original inhabitants of the far Scandinavian north, the Sami.

READ THE MARI BOINE ARTICLE

Songs from Greenland

"I sing in the Greenlandic language, but I'm not singing about Greenland. I'm singing my thoughts," says 66 year old Rasmus Lyberth.

READ THE RASMUS LYBERTH ARTICLE

Racism in Australia

The Australian pop rock star Dan Sultan uses his status to speak on behalf of Aboriginals.

READ THE DAN SULTAN ARTICLE

Let Your Inner River Sing

"A sami joik singer doesn't have to be singing about a river for his song to sound like a river," explains Torgeir Vassvik.

READ THE VASSVIK ARTICLE

Gospel Music from the Reservation

William Prince is descended from the original Peguis people in Canada. His music, however, is mainly inspired by gospel, country and rock.

READ THE WILLIAM PRINCE ARTICLE

The podcast and articles on Tønder Festival's theme about the music of indigenous peoples is sponsored by the independent institution Tempi, which works for the interests of roots music in Denmark.
Tønder Festival also collaborates with the IWGIA organisation, the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs.

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