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Music from another world

What the previous (ignorant) reviews of this album fail to recognise is that Tanya Tagaq Gillis is an Inuit throat singer, and therefore, yes, her voice sounds strange to the ears of a public used to being bombarded with Beyonce and Justin. Gillis's project is to bring these ancient (and incredibly difficult) vocal techniques to a broader public. While this album will likely find the majority of its audience amongst world music afficionados, it is worth a listen as an example of singing rarely heard in the southern hemisphere.

Bjork fans'll love this little gem.

Great album ... but not to everyone's taste. Recommended for Bjork fans.

Review of Sinaa

This album's a bit like one of those psychoanalysis inkblot stains -you can read almost anything into it, and what you do read will say something about you. I showed this album to a male friend of mine and he thought it sounded like two people going at it in the bedroom. My young daughter though it sounded like a woman turning into a monster. Me... well, I think it sounds like someone going insane. I think most people will agree that it's something distrubing... or just an awful assualt on their ears. Sila sounds like the birth of an alien. Qimiruluapik invokes images of someone dancing while they're hacking someone to bits with a chainsaw. Surge is almost sexual. Uvinik is pure insanity. Qiuavit manages to be peaceful. This is disturbing, melodic at times, even humourous at others. For the abstract minded, there's a lot of emotion here, however you intrpret it.


Born: 1977 in Ikaluktuutiak, Nunavut, Victoria

Genre: World

Years Active: '00s

b. 1977, Ikaluktuutiak (Cambridge Bay), Nunavut, Victoria Island, Canada. Raised in an Inuit community, Gillis studied at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. While there, she took an interest in traditional Inuit throat singing, a multiphonic and percussive form that is customarily performed by two people. Gillis was obliged to teach herself a solo variation and later taught others, thus generating partners with whom she was able to sing in duo. In 2000, Gillis was at the Great Northern...
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Sinaa, Tanya Tagaq Gillis
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Pop
  • Released: 19 January 2006

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