Inuit artist Kelly Fraser is revitalizing Inuktitut by singing Rihanna

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.

Kelly Fraser says that singing contemporary music in Inuktitut is a good way to increase pride in Inuit identity and connect to the language. (Kellyfrasermusic.com)

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.

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