Posts Tagged ‘Indigenous Peoples’


Here comes my rant: These days it seems we throw the term “throat singing” around a bit loosely. It can get confusing. After all, Mongolian and Tuvan overtone singing (the technique of singing more than one note simultaneously) is called throat singing. But as far as I can hear, the Inuit singing technique does not deal with overtones. Rather, it is about vocalising on both the inhaled and exhaled breath. Yet it is referred to as throat singing. Personally I’d rather just call one overtone singing, and call the other Inuit singing (or two-way singing?).
That said, Tanya Tagaq visited us in the summer, and she was a trip, as you’ll see from our interview.

She also appears in a fantastic short film called “Tungijuq” in which she also contributes to the soundtrack. It concerns itself with the cycle of life and death from an Inuit perspective, and it is not for the squeamish…or prudish. Be on the lookout for it, as of this writing it is just about to hit the film festival circuit.

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Here’s where you’ll find my weekly original world music video blogs that appear on Huffington Post, as well as an archive starting in April of 2009.

This is also the place where you will find video that is exclusive to my site. I’ve traveled to places like Uzbekistan, Morocco, and Taiwan and no matter where I go I have found amazingly talented and creative people working in every genre from the deepest traditions to the cutting edge.

It’s been incredibly rewarding to interview them and to capture some of what they do on video. Enjoy what you see and hear, and let me know what you think. I welcome your feedback.