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This Portrait was shot during working with Ravddas Ravdii in 1991

Inga Juuso (5 October 1945 – 23 August 2014) was a yoiker, Sami singer and actress in the film The Kautokeino Rebellion. She was known from her own band performances, and recordings and collaborations with musicians like Steinar Raknes, Håkon Mjåset Johansen, and Jørn Øien.[1]

Inga Juuso
Born(1945-10-05)5 October 1945
Mosjøen, Norway
Died23 August 2014(2014-08-23) (aged 68)
GenresTraditional sami folk music, jazz, world, ambient
Occupation(s)Musician (vocals), actor
LabelsVuelie, DAT
Associated actsInga Juuso Group, Barut, Skáidi



Juuso was the first Sami named "Traditional Folk Musician of the year" in Norway 2012,[1] and had a long career performing with various musicians in Scandinavia.[2] She also appeared in the film The Kautokeino Rebellion (2008) by Nils Gaup, and was recognized as a major carrier and promoter of the Sami cultural tradition.[2][3]

In 2008, she released the album Patterns of the heart (DAT) by the Inga Juuso Group, followed by "Bálggis" ("Vuelie"), with the musical group Barut.[citation needed]


She was awarded the title of Spellemannprisen in 2011.[4]


Juuso died on 23 August 2014, aged 69.[5]


  • 1991: "Ravddas Ravddi" (DAT), produced by Ande Somby.
  • 1994: "Calbmeliiba" ("Frozen moments"/"Momentos inolvidables"; Iđut), with Johan Sara, Jai Shankar and flamenco musicians Rogelio de Badajoz Duran and Erik Steen
  • 2008: "Vaimmo Ivnnit" ("Where the rivers meet"; DAT), with the duo Skáidi (including Steinar Raknes)
  • 2008: "Patterns of the heart" (DAT), with the Inga Juuso Group, including Patrick Shaw Iversen, Kenneth Ekornes, Steinar Raknes, Peter Baden and Roger Ludvigsen
  • 2011: "Bálggis" ("Vuelie"), with Barut (including Martin Smidt & Asbjørn Berson)[4]


  1. ^ a b "Inga Juuso "Årets folkemusiker"" (in Norwegian). NRK Sápmi. 21 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Inga Juuso: Musikalske naturportretter" (in Norwegian). 26 September 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  3. ^ "En ære for joiken" (in Norwegian). NRK Sami. 26 September 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  4. ^ a b "En ære for joiken" (in Norwegian). 26 September 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  5. ^ Notice of death of Inga Juuso; accessed 25 August 2014.

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Preceded by
Jaga Jazzist
Recipient of the Open class Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Farmers Market
Preceded by
Marit Sandvik
Recipient of the Nordlysprisen
Succeeded by
Nils Anders Mortensen