Indigenous Music Awards faced throat singing controversy

Indigenous Music Awards faced throat singing controversy , Iryna Chyrkova

Indigenous Music Awards is held in Winnipeg every year.

In 2019 the awards will take place on May, the 17th. However, everything can go not very smoothly, because the event has already faced a certain type of controversy.

As it became known, a group of Inuit artists decided not to take part in the Indigenous Music Awards. They think that the singer Connie LeGrande, who performs as Cikwes, appropriated Inuit style throat singing in her music. LeGrande was nominated in the "best folk album" category.

In the past, the singer has repeatedly said that she is fascinated with Inuit throat singing, but now she refused to comment on the situation.

Lisa Meeches, the executive director of the Manito Ahbee festival, which will be held in parallel with Indigenous Music Awards (from May 15 to May 19), said that after a series of meetings and consultations with the IMA board of directors and their elders committee, it was decided to allow Cikwes to have a place in the best folk category.

She added that at the moment there are no Inuit representatives on Manito Ahbee's board of directors. Last year they were offered to join the board, but no positive response was received. Meeches hopes that there will be a peaceful solution with the Inuit artists who call themselves as the Arnaqquasaaq Collective.

Tiffany Ayalik, who makes up the Yellowknife throat singing duo PIQSIQ with her sister Kayley Mackay, suggested to have a different view on how LeGrande learned throat singing. When one of the throat singers could not perform at an artists' demonstration being hosted by the federal government, Connie LeGrande was taught throat singing and performed that day. It was not for the purpose of giving her permission to then go and take something that isn't hers and make an album, and put it on iTunes, and have it for sale.

Lisa Meeches also added that she does not believe that cultural appropriation is possible between Indigenous Peoples.

MORE NEWS: A man was seen playing a piano in Winnipeg mall

Indigenous Music Awards Cikwes Inuit throat singing
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor

Comments

News Company
The graphic designer Natalya Belousova tells what combination a mixture of children's hobby for handmade and a mathematician's diploma can result in, where to expect inspiration from, how to do magic at home. When did you realize that you like being a designer and why you like it? I can’t just say that there was such a day when I woke up and realized that it was time to design. Rather, I unconsciously and slowly went to this goal since childhood. It was ab...
Winnipeg Transit
Updates On Rapid Transit In Winnipeg   Construction of Rapid Transit in Winnipeg continues, and there’s a lot to unpack. Originally, once the Southwest Transitway was completed, the Eastern Transitway was to be the next step in the project. That step has been put on hold as of summer 2019 as the City develops their new Transit Master Plan. We’re going to take a deep dive into the Southwest Transitway and then we’re going to take a look at some of the propo...
Winnipeg Residential Water And Waste Fees
The City of Winnipeg is in the process of debating an increase to water and waste rates. To understand the impact this potential increase could have, it’s important to look at a few factors. First, we will analyze how these fees are structured and what they fund. Then, we will look at why an increase is being proposed in the first place. Finally, it will be helpful to compare our fees to the fees in other Canadian cities, though this can be trickier than y...
Society
Volunteers are really making a difference in helping those who are in need. We are talking homeless people, poor, sick, disabled, children without parents…, the list is endless, so each volunteer, each day and each hour they give and provide the service, really helps those people and the cities to stay cleaner and a better place to live in. Some Winnipeggers living in homeless camps just outside of the downtown core say they prefer the autonomy of the camp...
Society
Our City, Our Community: Creating Connections in Winnipeg   There’s a palpable tension in Winnipeg that’s been growing over the past few weeks. You might find this surprising, given we just won the Grey Cup for the first time in decades, but it’s there. This tension revealed itself when the City presented their four-year budget process, in which they anticipate having to make cuts to libraries, fire services, Transit, and more. The budget cuts stem from a...
Politics
New Residential Infill Strategy   The City of Winnipeg is developing its new residential infill strategy. Winnipeggers who live in one of the City’s older neighbourhoods or who plan on moving to the City within the next few years should understand what this means to them. What’s more, if you live in Winnipeg, you can have your say and influence the strategy. We’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves, though, so let’s start by explaining exactly what residenti...
Blue Bombers
Our own Winnipeg Blue Bombers is a great team with a bright future and the fans show their support each and every game! New players are always welcomed on the team. Bombers management is constantly in search of new talents to show great performance and result for the team. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will be without Matt Nichols for the remainder of the season. Nichols has been out of the Bombers’ lineup since suffering a shoulder injury after being sacked b...
Society
Winnipeg is getting more and more popular tourist and business destination for international travelers as well as domestic visitors. This will definitely have a positive effect on the city`s business and infrastructure growth and will bring more jobs, more opportunities for Winnipeggers in the years to come. But also, there is time to relax and enjoy your day off, if you like shows and concerts, this is definitely for you! Celine Dion has announced additio...
Incidents
Most of the road accidents could be avoided by simply following the rules and driving regulations. Speed limits zones are very important, for instance, school zone or construction sites, where speeding fines are nearly doubled. Springfield is closed in both directions at Rothesay Street. The Winnipeg Police Service says that Springfield Road will remain closed this afternoon due to a serious collision. There are not many details available at this time. One...