ataataga by Riit
Known for her collaborations with ar tists such as The Jerry Cans, Twin Flames and Ar tcirq, Riit (Rita Claire Mike-Murphy) has made a name for herself as one of Nunavut’s most exciting musical acts. Her debut record
ataataga dropped on October 25th, 2019 and ser ves as a musical dedication to her late father. The album features songs written over the past several years as well as covers and collaborations with ar tists Zaki Ibrahim, Elisapie and Joshua Qaumariaq. Standout tracks on the Inuktitut-language album include “qaumajuapik” and “qujana.” We spoke with Riit about the album, her influences and her future plans: It is an electro-pop album, mixed with traditional throat singing. All of the songs come from very personal experiences and relationships. Some are about family, intergenerational trauma, residential schools and sexual abuse. I feel like it is important to bring awareness to these issues that affect people in Nunavut and across the Arctic.
One of my greatest musical influences is Elisapie Issac; I grew up listening to her music and was always inspired by her. I was honoured to collaborate with her on the song “uqausissaka” featured on the album. When we collaborated, she had a lot of input and advice on being a full-time musician, especially as a woman in the music industry.