Inuit artist Kelly Fraser makes modern, dance-able music — with Inuktitut lyrics. But while her beats might sound at home in a club, her message resonates far beyond:
“I really believe that we need to modernize our culture as much as we can or it’s going to die.”
The 23-year-old musician is based in Ottawa. It was while she was in high school there that Kelly began covering popular English songs in Inuktitut. Her most popular is a version of Diamonds by Rihanna, which has been viewed over 200,000 times — that’s approximately five and a half times the population of Nunavut.
For Fraser, singing in Inuktitut is an ear-catching way to bring her language and her culture to those who may have lost it.