|Ville Söderbaum. Foto Anna-Maria Ahlén.|
A truly inspirational person is Ville Söderbaum who have travelled many places, learned several languages, writes poetry and plays the saxophone.
Ville grew up in Uppsala, have lived for some time in bigger cities but is currently living in Kautokeino in the remote north of Norway.
Two years ago I was in the final steps of writing my songbook, a collection of love songs. I got great help at the time then by Ville Söderbaum. Ville who has swedish as first language and Nils Johan Päiviö who is native in the Sami language translated a jojk for the book. It was important for me to have a sami jojk represented in a book that collect songs from the whole nordic area.
Check out more about Ville Söderbaum on his own blog. Written in sami language, how cool isn't that? Check also the link Ville Söderbaum and you will find blog posts in swedish too.
I have now ordered his book of poetry: Dagar i Kautokeino
When I was in my twenties I bought a poetry book written by iconic sami multi artist Nils Aslak Valkeapää. I can admit that Valkeapää is the poet that really got a hold on me and inspired me to take interest in poetry. I had the chance once to listen to Valkeapää live, in 2001 in Kautokeino actually. Unforgettable.