Primary children and Year 7 experienced a very different type of singing on Friday when Inuit Throat singers, Becky and Emily from Canada visited DSB.
This form of musical performance is uniquely found among the indigenous Inuit people who are found in parts of Alaska, Central Asia, Greenland and of course Canada. Performed by women, the vibrations of the sounds help to soothe babies who are carried on their mother’s back as well as providing singing games.
Throat-singing, a guttural style of singing or chanting, is one of the world's oldest forms of music. For those who think the human voice can produce only one note at a time, the resonant harmonies of throat-singing are surprising and very entertaining. The musicians explained how they can imitate bird and animal sounds influenced by the nature around and it was fascinating to hear how life is for the Inuit people in freezing temperatures. They shared some very interesting games that are played inside Igloos to keep themselves entertained and warm, including leg, head and ear wrestles! We all had a try too at some of the sounds. An Inuit tradition, to end the show, Becky and Emily threw bags of sweets and candy into a very excited crowd of children!
The visit continued for years 2E and 3E, who learnt how to write their name in traditional Inuit symbols. After a bit more leg wrestling, we finished with a song and some traditional dance moves before saying goodbye to the artists as they prepar
e for their performance at the Kala Ghoda Festival. It has been fascinating and fun morning learning all about this unique and ancient culture and its music and we thank the Canadian Embassy for introducing us.