Angela Hovak Johnston

Angela Hovak Johnston

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Angela’s performances are a combination of Inuit throat singing, drum dancing and songs she has written in her native language of Inuinnaqtun. Her performances are not only entertaining but also very informative as she shares some of the history of her people and culture through stories and songs.

Biography

Angela was born in Yellowknife, N.W.T. in 1975. She spent the first 9 years of her life in the very small Inuit settlement of Bay Chimo (Umingmaktok) located on the Coronation Gulf in the Central Arctic. With only 40 people they did not have electricity, running water or roads.  Angela was moved away from her family when she was 9 years old to attend school in the nearest community on Victoria Island, Cambridge Bay (Ikalututiak) a 1 ½ hour plane ride away.  She was returned to her family for summer, Christmas and sometimes spring breaks. 

In the spring of 2002 Angela moved with her husband and her young family to Nova Scotia.  Since moving to Nova Scotia, Angela has been working on writing songs in Inuinnaqtun, her mother tongue.  Inuinnaqtun is only spoken fluently by a small group of people .  She sings to keep her culture and language alive for her 3 wonderful children, so that they can carry it on.  Angela hates to see such a powerful and unique culture die.  This has been the main inspiration for making her CD “Nipiga”. 

Discography

CD: Nipiga (my voice) released May 2006

Nominated for four awards at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards. 2006

Nominated for one award at the Canadian Aboriginal Muscic awards 2006

11 Tracks : Six tracks recorded in Inuinnaqtun #’s 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 11. Two recorded in English: #’s 3 and 10 and three throat singing #’s 4 , 6, 8

All tracks acapella except Tracks 1, 3, 10

Set List

A typical set runs about 20 to 30 min. It includes Throat singing, Drum dancing, and several songs in Angela’s native language if Inuinnaqtun. In between songs there is a 1 to 3 min explanation of what is coming up giving the audience a look into the Inuit culture and the influence of the out side world has had on the people.

The full show has a running time of about 1 hour. Angela throat sings, dances, sings in Inuinnaqtun and shares her culture through stories, as well there is a multi-media portion which includes slideshows of life in the Arctic on a DVD format that is put to the three songs on the CD that were recorded with musicians. A sample of one of the slide shows is on www.angelahovak.com under music.

In the Past, she has performed at festivals that have asked her to do up to 6 different sets running 10 to 15 min each, to 1.5 hour long presentation / workshops. She is very flexible in her sets and is willing to accommodate each situation.