Following their resounding success at Eurovision, winning the televote and finishing in 6th place overall with 331 points, KEiiNO have promised that Tel Aviv is only the beginning.
They are the first act to be announced for the VG-Listashow. It’s a musical showcase dating back to 1958 and features Norway’s charting hits from across the year. The grand spectacle will take place at Oslo’s Town Hall Square in June.
Alexandra told Norweigan media outlet VG: “I have many dreams, and getting to sing at City Hall Square has always been one of them. Now I get to do it with two of my very best friends, it’s absolutely great!”
New music is also on the horizon for the trio. They have plans to “create a concept album with indigenous languages from around the world.”
“This is a huge step in the right direction for the Sami culture! It is still only May in the UN year for indigenous languages so now we can continue our efforts to strengthen endangered languages. That’s one of the goals of KEiiNO this year,” Fred said.
Promoting endangered languages, such as Northern Sami, had always been on the agenda for KEiiNO at Eurovision and beyond, as the group pride themselves in how they’ve made it work despite not fitting into the music industry’s pre-defined “box”.
“We came here to do one thing: get the song, the message and the joik out to the people! And this shows that the joik, which is one of Europe’s oldest song traditions, touches the viewers’s soul.”
KEiiNO aren’t disheartened by the jury knocking their overall ranking down to 6th place, instead they’re encouraged by the overwhelming support from the public.
As Tom told VG: “We feel we have won over Europe! We don’t make music for the critics, so seeing our combination of joik and catchy pop strike a chord with such a wide audience is an indescribably good feeling!”
With an album on the cards and concert dates already being scheduled, it looks like we haven’t seen the last of KEiiNO. Would you like to see them perform in a city near you? Let us know in the comments!