Marja Mortensson, the young Sámi joiker and singer from Svahken Sïjte in Hedmark County (Norway), has a remarkable voice. Marja was born into a reindeer herding family and her life and music is firmly rooted in the Southern Sámi culture. Marja’s songs focus on aspects of Sámi identity such as the importance of the natural environment, her own love of reindeer herding and her desire to protect the Southern Sámi language. In recent years, Marja has been working with the celebrated Sámi musician Frode Fjellheim to bring new life to traditional joiks. Through a project called Russuoh Vuölieb (“Wake up the Joik”) and courses at Nord University, she has taught herself the Ume Sámi and South Sámi joik tradition from old recordings. Despite her young age, Marja has already received widespread recognition for her music and performed with several well-known musicians. She was awarded the Hedmark County Cultural Prize in 2013, and the title of “Young Artist of the Year” at the international indigenous festival, Riddu Riđđu, in 2014. The second of these accolades gave her the opportunity to perform in Taiwan, Siberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Norway meanwhile, Marja has performed alongside renowned Sámi musician Georg Buljo at Festspillene i Nord-Norge (2015), and was awarded the traditional category prize at the Sámi Music Awards in 2016. She recently had the honour of performing at the Jubilee Concert for the Norwegian King and Queen’s 25 anniversary. In april 2017, Marja released her debut album Aarehgïjre (Early spring), produced by Frode Fjellheim.
Marja Helena Fjellheim Mortensson akte noere åarjelsaemien artiste. Dïhte Svahken Sïjteste båata, Engerdaelien tjïelteste, Hedmark Fylhkesne. Marjan lea joekoen gïele jïh sæjhta åarjelsaemien gïelem jïh upmejesaemien joejkemevuekiem vuesiehtidh. Tuhtjie vihkeles almetjh mijjen gieline maehtieh åahpenidh jïh vaanesuvvieh goltelidh. Marja Hedmarhken fylhketjïelten kultuvresjïelem jaepien 2013 åadtjoeji. Dïhte lij Riddu Riddun noere artiste jaepien 2014. Dan seamma jaepien aaj konserth Taiwanesne, Sibirijesne jïh DR Congosne utni. Dellie Marja aaj meatan Russouh vuölieb-prosjektesne jïh konsertesne. Såhkie – Ubmejen sámienseäbrrie prosjektem eelki jïh joejkeme-mentovri ektine noerh åadtjoejin båeries vuelieh ovmessie arkijvijste ohtsedidh. Jaepien 2015 Nord Universiteetesne joejkemekuvsjem veelti. Marjan lea duo-prosjekte Georg Buljon ektine. Dah guaktah voestes aejkien Festspillene Harstadsne jaepien 2015 spealadigan. Dïhte musigkesjïelem vuelie-klaassesne Sami Music Awardsne jaepien 2016 åådtjoeji. Marja gånkan jïh trööhtnegen 25 jaepiej jubileesne joejkesti. Jaepien 2017 sov voestes CD Aarehgïjre bööti, maam Frode Fjellheim dorje.