Who is Ánde Somby?
Ánde Somby, born in Buolbmat, Norway, is a well known traditional Sami joik artist and an associate professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Tromsø, specializing in Indigenous Rights Law. Somby is only one of few Sami with Ph.D in law. Sombys phD is titled "Juss som retorikk". In that thesis he reconnected the Nordic jurisprudence to the classical rhetorical tradition which dates back to Plato and Aristotle. Currently Somby is working on a project titled "Is the legal medium the legal message?" In that project Somby attempts to apply Marshall McLuhan and his mantra on the medium being the message in jurisprudence.
He has been performing with yoiks since he was 16 years old. A 'yoiker' is a person who yoiks people, animals and landscapes within Sami culture and context.He has been performing both overseas and in many countries in Europe. He has also been producing records with other yoikers.