ataataga by Riit

Inuit Art Quarterly - - HIGHLIGHTS - – 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.

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