Keiino (often stylised as KEiiNO; pronounced as kæino) are a Norwegian supergroup that consists of Sámi songwriter, rapper, and joiker Fred Buljo, and Norwegian singers Alexandra Rotan and Tom Hugo. The group was created in late 2018 in preparation for the participation in Melodi Grand Prix 2019.
As a result of winning Melodi Grand Prix 2019, the group will represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song “Spirit in the Sky”.
The group was established in the late summer of 2018 when Tom Hugo Hermansen and his husband Alex Olsson began writing “Spirit in the Sky”, a song inspired by historical struggles for equality.
They later joined Sámi rapper and joiker Fred-René Buljo and singer Alexandra Rotan. The group name Keiino was inspired by the name of Buljo’s home town Kautokeino (North Sami: Guovdageaidnu).
The last part -geaidnu translates to the “way” or “road”, which Buljo states; “Represents the road that brought us together”, in an interview with TV 2.