Nive Nielsen & The Deer Children
If you listen and read about the charismatic Inuk folk-pop singer Nive Nielsen, who was born in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, you cannot be anything but amazed. Even the greatest children’s book writer couldn’t invent her story.
In her childhood, Nive acted in the Hollywood movie “The New World” starring Colin Farrell – as well as in other child and youth programs for TV. But then she decided to sing, and with her little red ukulele played her first ever concert for the Queen of Denmark on national television.
She’s got an uncanny ability to tell her own stories, or sometimes just hint at them with her warm, reedy voice. Sometimes she sings out with an old-timey quaver; sometimes she croons in a soft, childlike murmur. The songs themselves are straight out of a storybook that never was. They could be from anywhere, and they are hard to place in time. They are hummable folk tunes on indie steroids performed with her international, very interesting, group of musicians at her side.
Her songs have a way of sticking in your mind — and not just because they were written by the only Greenlandic Inuit Indie Band you’ve heard of. They’re not sure whether to call their music Snow Songs or Inuit Indie, or… But however they’re labelled, you have to check this intriguing artist and her band out.