A month after returning from Greenland I am still humming the tunes that I would hear on the radio and around town in Nuuk. As in any other place, music is an significant component of culture, and in Greenland specifically, the blend of traditional Inuit folk songs and drumming with more modern rock is particularly unique.
Much of the popular music in Greenland comes from the US and Europe (current favorites include Lady Gaga, Queen, and Shakira), however, Greenland is also home to many talented musical groups. One of the most popular groups in Greenland today (and a personal favorite) is Nanook. Translating as “Bear”, Nanook is a rock band singing in both Kalaallisut (Greenlandic) and English.
Have a listen:
And check out this great video, set to the music of Nanook:
I also picked up a CD by Nive Nielsen, a self-proclaimed “Inuit Indie” artist, and local to Nuuk. Nive has performed all around the world, including for the Queen of Denmark. She performs with her red ukelele and her boyfriend and bandmate “Cowboy Jan.”
Check out Nive’s myspace page for some music:
Hoping to see some of these fantastic artists perform live sometime!