“Hello! Welcome to my webpage. I am a singer, yoiker and songwriter from Kárášjohka, Sápmi. I have been lucky enough to have done that for almost 20 years now. I am currently working with different projects, including the electrojoik band "Elin & The Woods" and a Sami/Norse band "Róhta". The latest years I have created a blog about Sami culture, and an online yoik course. You can always sign up for my newsletter and I will let you know more about my projects. Thank you for visiting my site. ”
— Elin Kåven
"You can always find my music online on iTunes, Spotify, YouYube, Bandcamp and Amazon to mention a few. Search for Elin Kåven/Kaaven/Kaven, Elin & The Woods, and Róhta. "
ELIN; Light. Beutiful Fairy.
KÅVEN; Familyname of the most famous sami shaman in Sapmi.
Elin Kåven has established herself as a sami artist and songwriter, and she got the nickname ”The arctic fairy” for her unique stagepresence and dance. Music critics comment her music as her own genre of music. Arctic folk pop.
The music of Elin Kåven is inside the sphere of sami mythology combined with soundscapes from historical and modern instruments, together with poprock and ambient sounds.
She has played over 300 concerts the last 10 years in 11 different countries, including, Germany, Switserland, Latvia, Russia, Japan, Venezuela and Azerbaidjan.
She has won the Sami Grand Prix songcompetition, elected “Sami Artist of the year 2011” and was finalist in International Songwriting Competition in USA with famous judges Ozzy Osbourne and Tori Amos amongst others.
In 2016 her third album was nominated to ”Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik/German Record Critics Award” – an award established by 127 record critics in Germany.
Her third album ”Eamirtini-Rimeborn” was released in Europe november 2015 and got very good reviews and was number 11 on ”World Music Chart Europe” in march 2016. The nordic release of the same album was in february 2016.
In 2017 she formed the band "Elin & The Woods" with Robin Lynch, and they have since participated twice in Melodi Grand Prix - Norwegian Eurovision and once in Sami Grand Prix.
During the same period, another project was formed. "Róhta" unites the norse and sami culture and has been touring mostly in schools telling about the similarities of the Norse and Sami culture.
In 2019 the she won the "songwriter of the year" prize at Sami Music Awards.
Said about Elin Kåven:
General-Anzeiger (Bonn): “She unites the traditions of the Sámi with hypnotically beautiful modern melodies and a voice that is out of this world, a fairy’s, as it were”.
"Elin Kåven's music is like fairy-tales in notes. In her senuous and vivid songs I could feel her strong connection to Nordic traditions, culture and nature so intensely like I was experiencing it myself."
- Anja Otten-Reichel, Publisher Norrden.de,
"In all my art and projects the connection to nature has always been important."