Ande Somby

Ánde Somby, born in Buolbmat, Norway, is a traditional Sami joik artist and an associate professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Tromsø, specializing in Indigenous Rights Law. Somby onstage as part of Vajas during the Riddu Riđđu Festival in Norway, 2007 Somby has been active yoiker since 1974. He has also been producing records with other yoikers. In 1985 he produced the LP record and MC cassette “Ean Máššan” with his father Aslak Somby (1913–2008) and mother Karen Kristine Porsanger Somby born 1920.[3] in 1991 he produced the record Ravddas Ravdii with Inga Juuso.[4] In 2000 he produced the record “Deh” and in 2003 Deh2 with his uncle Ivvár Niillas. Somby is only one of few Sami with Ph.D. in law (dr. juris). Somby is also one of the cofounders of the Sámi publishing house and record label Dat. Together with the band Boknakaran from Tromsø and the acapella group Rosynka from Petrozavodsk in Russia Somby participated in the project “moya på Tvoja” (1998–2002). From 2003 to 2007 Somby was a member of the group Vajas (in English it means echo) and was the vocals and yoiker for the band.