Tagaq: Sinaa (Jericho Beach)

 |   |  <1 min read

Tagaq: Sila
Tagaq: Sinaa (Jericho Beach)

This remarkable Inuit throat singer and avant-vocalist came to my attention in Vancouver when I was reading a lengthy article about John Coltrane in a newspaper (my kinda paper) and she was profiled on the opposite page. The lines which leaped out were about her and her grandmother killing whales with their bare hands.

At first I took her to be someone untutored from a remote community but in fact she was tertiary educated and learned the technique pretty much on her ownsome.

No matter, she takes the style into contemporary avant-garde art music, is perhaps closer to Yoko Ono in orgasm/scream mode than some might like, and on this difficult but quite remarkable album she also includes a track produced by, and co-written with Bjork. Which makes sense.

So there, approximately, are your frames of reference.

Wonderful - but don't say you weren't warned. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Te Vaka: Havili (Spirit of Play/Triton)

Te Vaka: Havili (Spirit of Play/Triton)

Te Vaka have refined and defined a particular kind of pan-Pacific pop with its roots in tradition but driven by ringing folk-rock guitars as much as percussion, and on this melody-stacked album... > Read more

Ceumar: Silencio (Arc Music)

Ceumar: Silencio (Arc Music)

Brazilian singer-songwriter Ceumar recorded these 13 songs live in a Sao Paulo studio with a small acoustic group of players who are entirely empathetic. There is a gentle and sensitive... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

The Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson: Meet Me in Bluesland (Alligator/Southbound)

The Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson: Meet Me in Bluesland (Alligator/Southbound)

Here's one literally pulled from the vaults, a decade after the death of pianist Johnnie Johnson who was there for all those classic, early Chuck Berry sides. In the Eighties and Nineties,... > Read more

PJ HARVEY INTERVIEWED (2001): Enjoying a cheerful misery

PJ HARVEY INTERVIEWED (2001): Enjoying a cheerful misery

It‘s the day before their 2001 Big Day Out appearance and Polly Jean Harvey and her band are in the Playground rehearsal rooms in Newton. They are running through a real-time rehearsal of... > Read more