Niko Valkeapää

Niko-Mihkal Valkeapää (born 30 December 1968 in Enontekiö, Finland) is a Sami musician and joiker (Sami folk singer).

Niko Valkeapää
Valkeapää performing in Márkomeannu, Norway on 28 July 2008.
Valkeapää performing in Márkomeannu, Norway on 28 July 2008.
Background information
Born (1968-12-30) 30 December 1968 (age 51)
Enontekiö, Finland
GenresYoik, Traditional, Folk music
Occupation(s)Teacher, musician, writer and artist.


Niko Valkeapää at Riddu Riđđu in 2009.

He has been described as "one of Sami music's foremost performers."[1] Valkeapää has been living in Kautokeino, Norway since 1990.[2] He is godson of Sami artist and joiker Nils-Aslak Valkeapää.

He won the Sámi Grand Prix (1994, 1995), received the Spellemann award in 2003 (open class) with his debut album, and the Liet Ynternasjonaal award, the international music prize for minority music. He has toured across Norway, including the Nattjazz festival in Bergen, and the Northern Norway music festival Riddu Riđđu in Manndalen, Norway. His work has been considered part of the "third wave" of modern Sami music culture, which he has done much work on, among others Georg Buljo.


  • Niko Valkeapää, Duippidit, 2003
  • Sierra, Duippidit, 2004
  • Birrat birra, Duippidit, 2008
  • Gusto, Duippidit, 2012
  • ÄÄ, Duippidit, 2012
  • Ráfi - Tranquility, Duippidit, 2015
  • Gáldu - Source, Duippidit, 2019

Also appears onEdit

  • Beginner's Guide to Scandinavia, 3CD-set, Nascente 2011


  1. ^, Niko Valkeapää, 10 May 2004, retrieved 11 January 2009
  2. ^, A Search for Identity, 6 February 2005, retrieved 11 January 2009

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Sidsel Endresen & Bugge Wesseltoft
Recipient of the Open class Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Frode Fjellheim