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The Riddu Riđđu festival has brought together three generations of female indigenous stars: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tanya Tagaq and Maxida Märak. Together they will compose this year’s commissioned concert.
Canadian Buffy Sainte-Marie has been an artist for six decades, and has been both blacklisted and hailed. Her songs have been recorded by such as Janis Joplin and Elvis Presley. Her work focuses on issues of indigenous peoples, the environment and pacifism.
Tanya Tagaq is an award-winning Inuit throat Singer from Iqaluktuutiaq in Canada. She has an original vocal style and experiments with modern and traditional music expressions in explosive stage performances. Tanya is a passionate defender of indigenous peoples rights and traditions in Canada.
Maxida Märak, from Jokkmokk in Sweden, is a human rights activist with a special interest in the rights of the Sami people. She has taken part in protests against the mine building in Sápmi. With honest and politically-laden texts, she is known to often give "too much" than too little. Maxida Märak works most in hip hop, but also incorporates joik in her music.
"The commissioned concert will focus on indigenous common struggles, for the right to exist and the struggle for recognition of our history, based on these three different generations. This is going to be an unforgettable experience! "states the festival manager Sandra Márjá West.