Inuit music featured in Susan Aglukark’s Spotify playlist

Inuk singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark (left) will curate Spotify’s Indigenous Music Playlist each week in June to mark Indigenous History Month. This week, some of the Inuit artists featured are (from top to bottom) Riit, duo PIQSIQ and Tanya Tagaq. (File photos)

Famous Inuit singer-songwriter curates Indigenous History Month playlist


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To mark Indigenous History Month, Inuk singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark will take over Spotify Native June playlist.

Each week on the streaming music service, she will share 25 of her favorite songs from Indigenous artists and songs focused on Indigenous issues.

Originally from Arviat, Aglukark is one of the most famous Inuit singers in the world.

An Officer of the Order of Canada, she was the first Inuit artist to win a Juno Award and recently received the prestigious Juno Humanitarian Award for her work supporting Indigenous youth through the Arctic Rose Foundation.

This week’s playlist highlights several titles from Inuit artists:

  • Tanya Tagaq makes an appearance with the ethereal, experimental Snow guard on his 2019 album Dentistinspired by the extreme elements of Nunavut winter;
  • Electro-pop artist Riit, who will perform next month at the official Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa, makes a mark with a dreamy acoustic piano version of his song ataataga (Inuktitut for “father”) from his 2019 debut album by the same;
  • The folk-rock duo Twin Flames, who sing in Inuktitut, English and French, take place with Pisuppunga on their 2020 album Presage;
  • Ovddos/Hivumuuniqa song by throat singing duo PIQSIQ and Sami artist VILDÁ, stemmed from a 2021 Folk Music Canada project that paired Canadian artists with international artists to collaborate on original music;
  • Deantha Edmunds, an opera singer originally from Nunatsiavut, is on the list to sing Nutarasuka collaboration with Tom Gordon and the classical music of composer Friedrich Reichardt;
  • Additionally, four songs by Aglukark herself round out the list’s Inuit highlights (To be freed, O Siem, walk with me and diamond sun with Glass Tiger and David R. Maracle).

Other notable artists included in this week’s playlist include Buffy Sainte-Marie, Northwest Territories’ Leela Gilday, William Prince and classic rock band Redbone.

“I hope you enjoy this music and these artists as much as they inspired me,” Aglukark said in a video message posted to the playlist.

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