Fusing elements of traditional Inuit throat singing with live looping and standard beat boxing, Nelson Tagoona has created a sound that honours his culture, embraces technology and resonates with audiences across the world.
Tagoona grew up in Baker Lake, a community in Nunavut with a population of roughly 2,000 people. Now he takes the stage in front of upwards of 15,000 people. This one-of-a-kind musician is known for his inspirational messages he shares with youth in Nunavut and across Canada.
The 25-year-old has played APTN’s Indigenous Day Live many times, collaborated with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2017 and is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal
Tagoona was interviewed by CBC Arts correspondent April Aliermo who learned about throat boxing, the positivity of hip hop and how much it’s meant to him to have the approval of his community’s elders.
Find the interview and listen to his music here.