Women Music March 2022 – Day 2 – Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq, moers festival 2012, photo by michael hoefner

Tanya Tagaq CM (born Tanya Tagaq Gillis, May 5, 1975), also credited as Tagaq, is a Canadian Inuk throat singer from Cambridge Bay (Iqaluktuuttiaq), Nunavut, Canada, on the south coast of Victoria Island.

Tagaq was a popular performer at Canadian folk festivals, such as Folk on the Rocks in 2005, and first became widely known both in Canada and internationally for her collaborations with Björk, including concert tours and the 2004 album Medúlla. She has also performed with the Kronos Quartet and Shooglenifty and has been featured on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

In 2005, her CD entitled Sinaa (Inuktitut for “edge”) was nominated for five awards at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. At the ceremony on October 25, 2005, the CD won awards for Best Producer/Engineer, Best Album Design and Tagaq herself won the Best Female Artist award. Sinaa was nominated for the 2006 Juno Awards as the Best Aboriginal Recording.



Album Details

Nominations and awards


  • Released: 2005

  • Label: Jericho Beach Music

  • Producers: Juan Hernández, Björk, Tanya Tagaq (executive producer)

  • Shortlisted for Aboriginal Recording of the Year, 2006 Juno Awards

Auk/Blood (ᐊᐅᒃ)

  • Released: 2008

  • Label: Jericho Beach Music

  • Label: Ipecac Recordings (United States)



  • Released: May 27, 2014

  • Label: Six Shooter Records

  • Producer: Jesse Zubot

  • Winner of the 2014 Polaris Music Prize

  • Winner of the Juno Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year

  • Shortlisted nominee for Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year.


  • Released: October 21, 2016

  • Label: Six Shooter Records

  • Longlisted for 2017 Polaris Prize

  • Nominated for a 2018 Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year.


  • EP, 5 titles, 24 minutes

  • Released: March 1, 2019

  • Label: Six Shooter Records


Some things to share:

At the age of 15, after attending school in Cambridge Bay, Tagaq went to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, to attend Sir John Franklin High School where she first began to practice throat singing. She later studied visual arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and while there developed her own solo form of Inuit throat singing, which is normally done by two women. Her decision to go solo was a pragmatic one: she did not have a singing partner.

In 2016, Tagaq was named one of the 16 Indigenous movers and shakers to watch in 2016, for her work as an activist, especially related to fighting systemic racism, work on drawing attention to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women, and for her support of Indigenous cultural preservation such as seal hunting.

Official Website: here

Source:  wikipedia


16 Comments Add yours

  1. Carol anne says:

    she is inspiring! I hadnt ever heard of her! X

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      She has youtubes where you can hear that throat singing better. A very powerful and political musician.

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  2. Liam says:

    Yes! I love Tanya Tagaq.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Liam I first heard her on one of your playlists 🙂


      1. Liam says:

        Well, if I’ve introduced one person to Tanya Tagaq, then I’ve done well.

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  3. Dale says:

    I love her and her collaboration with Buffy Sainte-Marie 😉 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5zb0WTSLsY

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Great tune, Dale! Adding Buffy to my lineup for next year!

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      1. Dale says:

        She is such a pioneer!
        Glad you enjoyed 🙂

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  4. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I had to look up throat singing… that is really cool. She sounds ominous in this one and it fits it so well.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I picked that one because of the animation and also because Native females have had their children taken away for long enough. Lots of other cool songs out there on youtube also.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        I loved the wolf and the teeth… I’ll look around Lisa.

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  5. Nice to see your March feature on female artists is back. Like Max, I had no idea either what throat singing is. While I can’t say this tune is love at first sight, it does sound pretty unusual and as such is intriguing!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Christian, thanks for giving it a chance! I think you’re going to like tomorrow’s artist also.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I well recall your feature from last year. I think it’s a great idea and look forward to your picks!

        Liked by 1 person

        1. msjadeli says:

          Thank you, Christian. This is my third year doing it. If you have any requests, I will add them to next year’s lineup (if they haven’t already been covered.)

          Liked by 1 person

  6. memadtwo says:

    Great video. And yes, Buffy. (K)

    Liked by 1 person

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