Who is Silla and Rise?
Silla + Rise are a Canadian musical group based in Ottawa, whose album Debut was a Juno Award nominee for Indigenous Music Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2017. The group, consisting of vocalists Cynthia Pitsiulak and Charlotte Qamaniq and DJ Eric "Rise Ashen" Vani, blends traditional Inuit throat singing with electronic dance music. According to the group, the two seemingly divergent music styles have much in common, including how both involve some form of a battle between performers—i.e., whoever laughs first in throat singing loses. Pitsiulak is originally from Kimmirut and Qamaniq is originally from Igloolik. Pitsiulak and Qamaniq have been performing throat singing since 2005.In 2018 the three performed at the imagineNATIVE festival and in 2019 at Riddu Riđđu. In 2021 they performed on FreeUp! The Emancipation Day Special.