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.”
Hitmakerz is a full-service record label based in Iqaluit, Nunavut. We specialize in the creation and marketing of world-class Inuit and Indigenous music. Our mission is to help create sustainable careers in the arts. We have studios in Iqaluit, Nunavut and Ottawa, Ontario. The label currently works with more than 20 Inuit and Indigenous artists, and we represent and promote many more. The company was founded in 2016.
We’re a social enterprise, and our mission is to create viable careers in the arts for Inuit and Indigenous artists through music, media, and education. Our secondary mission is to empower artists to share and strengthen their stories and culture.