Hip-hop in Kugluktuk

Imagine being a teenager and learning how to make a hip-hop video.

Now imagine being taught how to do that by a famous Canadian hip-hop artist, at your school.

It happened in Kugluktuk, Nunavut in late January through the NAC’s Music Alive Program in Nunavut, which is dedicated to supporting the incredible musical culture of the northern territory.

Aaron “Godson” Hernandez of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories led workshops and produced a high-quality video with students at Kugluktuk High School. Godson’s infectious beats and magnetic personality make him an irresistible performer; the hip-hop artist has also appeared on CBC Television’s Dragon’s Den.

That same week, Nelson Tagoona of Baker Lake, Nunavut led workshops with the students. Nelson is known for “throat boxing” – a unique blend of throat-singing and beat boxing, and his groove-driven music is infused with a positive message. He’s also an inspiring role model, and loves to speak to children about believing in themselves.

Both artists electrified audiences at the NAC’s Northern Scene festival in April and May 2013.

While in Kugluktuk, their community concert had the same effect.

The workshops were made possible by Toronto philanthropists and Honorary Patrons Janice O’Born, a member of the National Arts Centre Foundation Board and Chair of The Printing House Charitable Office, and Earle O’Born, Chairman of The Printing House.

Created by the National Arts Centre, the Music Alive Program: Nunavut was designed in consultation with local educators and community leaders and is supported by the Government of Nunavut and Travel Partner First Air.

The students’ fantastic video is here for you to see.


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