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SILA SINGERS

ABOUT US

 

Sila Singers is a katajjaq (Inuit throat singing) duo consisting of two Inuuk women, Jenna Broomfield and Malaya Bishop, originally from Nunatsiavut and Nunavut, Canada, respectively. The pair met in Edmonton, Alberta.

Their story

In 2012, Malaya and her mother were facilitating a workshop at Jenna's workplace on Inuit culture. Jenna's collegues informed her of the event and she excitedly made her way there. As soon as Jenna walked into the room, she was introduced to Malaya and they were encouraged to katajjaq immediately. Since then the duo has sung traditional songs and newly composed ones that they have created. Sila Singers has been noted as a dynamic duo and their incredible energy can be felt by their audience.

Sila Singers are honoured to have been invited to sing at various events across Canada and the world. Some recent celebrated performances have been for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) in 2014 and the Indianer Inuit: Das Nordamerika Film Festival in Stuttgart, Germany in 2016, iNuit Blanche, Inuit Studies Conference and Katingavik Arts Festival, in St. John's, Newfoundland, and SummerWorks Festival, Toronto, collaboration title 'Katimajuit', 2018.

Both women completed their undergraduate degrees at the University of Alberta. Jenna obtained her Juris Doctor at the University of Alberta and practices law.  Malaya completed her Master of Arts in Northern Studies at Carleton University, obtained her Commercial Scuba Diver certification, and works as a Underwater Archaeology Technician. Jenna is based out of Edmonton, AB while Malaya lives between Qikiqtarjuaq, NU and wherever diving takes her. 

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