Aasiva: Inuk Indie Pop Singer with a Fresh Sound
Young Inuktitut songwriter, Colleen Nakashuk, hails from Pangnirtung, Nunavut and pulls inspiration from the world around her. Currently residing in Iqaluit, Nakashuk preforms under the stage name, Aasiva—her great grandmother’s name—she focuses on playing the ukulele and incorporating throat singing.
At age eleven, Aasiva picked up her first instrument and fell in love with music. She uses music as a coping mechanism and way to express herself, while also giving back to the community around her by teaching music to others and keeping her language and culture alive. “I encourage others to speak Inuktitut as often as they can.” She specializes in ukulele, Inuktitut lyrics and throat singing, focusing on teaching the history behind traditional throat singing and basic sounds.
Her light and airy sound is supported by her melodious voice accompanied by a playful ukuele. A fresh twist on indie folk music. Aasiva was signed by Aakuluk Music—Nunavut’s first record label—started by the Nunavut based band, the Jerry Cans (former Blundstone Playlist alum). They support her efforts as an Inuk indie/pop singer helping to promote her self-titled album.
“Play in the Snow”, a song Aasiva taught many of her students and a favourite of hers, was written as a reminder that our world is such a large place and that as individuals we are capable of doing anything we put our minds to. She hopes her music with have a positive effect on listeners and she can help break through the industry, making it easier for Inuit singers to find a place on national stages.
While new to the Blundstone brand, Aasiva followed after her label counterparts and joined the playlist as an opportunity to reach a national audience. “I can see myself hiking on the Apex trail here in Iqaluit,” she tells us of her Blundstone boots. Happy to go “wherever my music takes me.”
Her Inuktitut single, “Qalunaat Nunanganit” is available on the Blundstone Playlist Volume III. Take a break and listen to this upbeat, pop tune that’s sure to put a smile on your face and spring in your step.