Katarina Barruk is known as one of Norway’s most talented live artists. Over the last decade she has toured through Europe, giving highly appreciated concerts. Her performance at this years Øya Festival was acclaimed as ¨Øya’s biggest revelation¨ by The Line of Best Fit (https://rb.gy/13cck).
Barruk’s unique, distinctive voice, in combination with a steadfast presence on stage creates a space of vulnerability and strength that is unlike anything else. She delivers a fierce, yet deeply down-to-earth, mix of pop music, traditional yoik and improvisational elements. Katarina sings in her mother tongue, Ume Sámi language. The language is on UNESCO’s red list of critically endangered languages, but many Umesámis are taking the language back. I do not use Ume Sámi language in music to prove a point, it is more about the fact that I can be myself. Doing music in Ume Sámi is a way of inviting my friends and the audience into my universe, where Ume Sámi is norm, highly topical, and alive.