Indigenous Music Awards Best Album winner Angela Amarualik is releasing a single and video for her song “Sapingillunga” which means “I won’t give up.” The artist certainly didn’t give up on her dreams that first sparked while taking part in Hitmakerz music education workshops that founder Thor Simonsen brings to Nunavut communities. Ajungi, a compilation album to be released November 22 features Amarualik, Kelly Fraser, and Aasiva.
“I am forever grateful that Hitmakerz came to Igloolik to share their experiences and encouragement,” says Amarualik. “What they do is very important because there are not enough programs for youth in small communities.” A Hitmakerz success story, she now returns to the workshops to share her experiences and to help inspire new Inuit singer-songwriters to pursue music.
Amarualik and Simonsen wrote “Sapingillunga” together and the video was shot in Ottawa using an iPhone 8 directed and edited by Simonsen. “The inspiration for the song was that I have been hurt, I will get hurt sometimes, but I’m still standing,” says Amarualik, “getting back up and trying again is what I do. Sapingillunga is for those who ever felt hopeless, or not enough.”
“Sapingillunga” video: https://youtu.be/dBEL2ekFb0A
Ajungi album press release: http://dianefoy.com/nunavut-music-artists-raise-funds-for-mental-health-with-ajungi/