How throat boxing (throat singing + beatboxing!) helped Nelson Tagoona find a powerful voice
'I find hip hop is healing in a lot of ways'
Throat boxing is hard — it combines the percussive elements of beatboxing with the muscular manipulation required by traditional Inuit throat singing. And Nunavut's Nelson Tagoona has become a master of the artform. When he was performing in Toronto this spring at the Music Gallery through Native Women in the Arts, CBC Arts correspondent April Aliermo caught up with Tagoona to learn about throat boxing, the positivity of hip hop and how much it's meant to him to have the approval of his community's elders.
Watch the video:
In this video made by filmmaker April Aliermo, you'll hear Tagoona's story that negotiates loneliness and the loss of friends and family to suicide as he grew up in Baker Lake, Nunavut. And you'll find out just how important hip hop is to him.
As he explains: "Music became my best friend because music could never leave me hanging. It's always there for me."
Keep up with Nelson Tagoona here. Special thanks to Blueprintforlife for providing us with footage.
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