Watch Throat Singing Take Center Stage at Red Bull Music Academy Lecture

Watch Throat Singing Take Center Stage at Red Bull Music Academy Lecture

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown December 8th, 2016 Blog

Polaris Prize winning Inuk artist Tanya Tagaq was recently asked to speak at Red Bull Music Academy Montreal's lecture series. In the interview we get a lot of insight into her life and growing up in Canada.

A powerful, visceral voice from Nunavut, in Canada’s north, Tanya Tagaq is rooted in traditional Inuk throat singing but it barely scratches the surface of her fiercely innovative fusion of old and new. In 2014, she won the prestigious Polaris Music Prize for the genre-transcending album Animism. Whether it’s an unforgettable performance dedicated to the murdered and missing aboriginal women in Canada, a hip-hop collaboration with Canadian MC Shad on her new album, Retribution, or her stunning work on Bjork’s Medúlla, Tagaq never ceases to push boundaries. She discusses her roots, progression and beliefs in her lecture at the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy.

You can watch the full hour long lecture below! You have to check out the end where she brings a beatboxer up on stage to have a jam session with.


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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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