Saali & The Ravenhearts

Saali & The Ravenhearts

 Montréal, Quebec, CAN
BandFolkAlternative

Saali is a new Canadian-Indie band led by Inuk singer/songwriter Charles "Saali" Keelan, bring a powerful performance with haunting vocals, catchy songs and genius lyrics written in both Inuktitut and English languages.

Biography

Saali is a new Canadian-Indie band based out of Montreal, Quebec, led by Inuk singer/songwriter Charles Saali Keelan (AKA Chucky). The band performs all original music with lyrics in both Inuktitut and English languages. Their musical style is versatile and can be classified as Aboriginal, Alternative, Folk and World.

Saali was born on Baffin Island in Iqaluit, Nunavut and spent most of his childhood in Killinik and later Quaqtaq, Quebec, a small northern village of 350 people. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays the guitar, keyboard, drums, harmonica and Jaw Harp. Saali began his musical career in the late 90s as a drummer for the Beatrice Deer Band. He wrote the music and co-wrote lyrics for both the debut album Just Bea (2005), won Best Inuit/Culture Album at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, and Beatrice Deer (2010). 

In 2006, he released his debut self-titled album Chucky, produced with a well-known northern metal band Angava. His second album titled Chucky? (2010) was produced with TJ Plenty of the Asexuals, and was nominated Best Rock Album of the Year at the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.

Saali formed in fall 2012. The band is made up of talented and well known musicians from Montreal. 

Over the years, Saalis music has evolved from metal and hard rock, to alternative, and now to the multi-genre sound of Saali and the Ravenhearts. Saalis journey of learning to find his own voice within his music has allowed him to freely write his life out in song. His music carries strength and beauty, often influenced from the peaceful surroundings of the Arctic and Inuit culture.

Quite Simply the Music Speaks for itself - Saali

 

Lyrics

Happy

Written By: Charles Keelan

Qangattajungua Sikutsajautsuti
Ippiaukka kikianu tatattu
Anisingilangali namunngaluungakia

Pisullunga Qiniriasivunga
Alianartuumi Takugajarmangama
Navvakallagukku Qaujitilangavagi

Anitsalirqaugaluartunga
Qiniriasitsunga Alianartuqarmangat
Aalaaluginai Una takujatuara
Uimmalirtualuk Tukirulirtuq

Pocket full paper, Pocket full of change
Airplanes made of paper, no they won’t arrange
Well, I’m going out to get me.. Happy, Excuse me, please

Vodka on the rocks, no, Just with water please
Smoke stained walls, shower won’t you please
And when you go out tonight, ask what happened to happy

Well I’m talking to this wall next to me
It’s got a few screws loose, Wait its talking back to me
I went out looking for happy but found my friend crazy
I haven’t had a laugh like this in a long, long time

Happy, Go Crazy, Crazy Happy Please
Happy, Go Crazy, Crazy Happy Please

A Million Voices

Written By: Charles Keelan

I can hear a million voices
Gazing at your thoughts
And if the wind it is not fighting
How do you know its calling out your name?
And when the temperature is dropping
Feel the blood running from your skin
And out the door you go in thin shoes
Too cool to wear a hat
With each snowflake being different
Unlike you, him, or her

I haven’t told you all my stories
I pointed the rifle at my sister’s head
Tried to sink the boat with you in it
Should I say anymore
With this imagination

I want to test all of your limits
Cause I have none
Caress the sound with my feet
Laugh as it tickles me
I can hear you stopping your heartbeat
While holding your breath
Listen intently for every teardrop
That’s regret saying its good byes

I haven’t told you all my stories
Of how I wanted to freeze to death
Or disappear into the ocean
There’s no need to say more
Of any kind of hardship

Tomorrow holds another story
Go grab your pen
You could choose not to aim your rifle
Choose a happy life
No longer hold yourself in silence
Use the voices that you have

I can hear you tell your story
With an appetite for life
Collide with inside your body
And your mind will stay close to its spirit.

Uummatiga

Written By: Charles Keelan

**Ah-uh, ah-uh, ah-uh, Ah-Uummatiga tanna nalligijara**
(Singing the sounds of the heartbeat) - (My heart, this person right here is the one I love)

Kinanga takugakku qaumaju (When I see her face, it shines so brightly)
Tanna nalligijara (this person right here is the one I love)
Iijingi takugakit qungatuut (When I see her eyes, they are smiling at me)
Tanna nalligijara (this person right here is the one I love)

Kinanga takugakku (When I see her face)
Iijingi qungattut uvannut (Her eyes are smiling at me)
Iijingi takugakkit qaumaju nalligusuttu (when I see her eyes, they shine with love for me)

**Ah-uh, ah-uh, ah-uh, Ah-Uummatiga tanna nalligijara** X2

Kinanga takugakku (when I see her face)
Iijingi qungattut (her eyes are smiling at me)
Iijingi takugakkit qaumaju nalligusuttu (when I see her eyes, they shine with love for me)

**Ah-uh, ah-uh, ah-uh, Ah-Uummatiga tanna nalligijara** X2

Kinanga takugakku (When I see her face)
Iijingi takugakit (when I look into her eyes)
Nalligusuttu (there is love)
Nalligusuttu (there is love)

**Ah-uh, ah-uh, ah-uh, Ah-Uummatiga tanna nalligijara** X2