In 1985, a rock band called Northern Haze, made up of five guys from Igloolik in what is now Nunavut, released a self-titled debut album, singing in their indigenous language Inuktitut.
In November 2018, the band came back from a long-ish hiatus and released a brand new album, “Siqinnaarut”, which means “return of the sun.”
Talking to CBC, the band’s lead singer James Ungalaq, said:
“We have been wanting to record for a very long time but it is always challenging to make an album,” said Ungalaq.
He said it became harder for the band to think about recording again after tragedy struck.
“In 2008 we lost our lead Elijah Kunuk who died young from cancer and we all just couldn’t seem to get back to singing because he wrote the songs and was leading the band.”
The band has added new members since then, Derek Aqqiaruq and Allan Kangok.
This track, “Inuk”, packs one heck of a punch, and I highly recommend you give the album a listen.