Pamyua
Overview
 
Pamyua is a Yupik musical group from Anchorage
Anchorage, Alaska
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 in the U.S. state
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 of Alaska
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.
Pamyua's music is self-described as "tribal funk
Funk
Funk is a music genre that originated in the mid-late 1960s when African American musicians blended soul music, jazz and R&B into a rhythmic, danceable new form of music. Funk de-emphasizes melody and harmony and brings a strong rhythmic groove of electric bass and drums to the foreground...

" and "world music
World music
World music is a term with widely varying definitions, often encompassing music which is primarily identified as another genre. This is evidenced by world music definitions such as "all of the music in the world" or "somebody else's local music"...

". Most of their songs are based on traditional Yupik, Inuit
Inuit
The Inuit are a group of culturally similar indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic regions of Canada , Denmark , Russia and the United States . Inuit means “the people” in the Inuktitut language...

 and Greenland
Greenland
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ic chants, but the group is well-known for reinterpreting them in modern styles, such as the song "Cayauqa Nauwa", which has been performed a cappella
A cappella
A cappella music is specifically solo or group singing without instrumental sound, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. It is the opposite of cantata, which is accompanied singing. A cappella was originally intended to differentiate between Renaissance polyphony and Baroque concertato...

 (mengluni, 1998) and with Pacific Islander
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 influences (Caught in the Act, 2003), as well as traditionally (Drums of the North, 2005).

Pamyua has toured across the United States
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 and the world, performing at many world music festivals.
Encyclopedia
Pamyua is a Yupik musical group from Anchorage
Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage is a unified home rule municipality in the southcentral part of the U.S. state of Alaska. It is the northernmost major city in the United States...

 in the U.S. state
U.S. state
A U.S. state is any one of the 50 federated states of the United States of America that share sovereignty with the federal government. Because of this shared sovereignty, an American is a citizen both of the federal entity and of his or her state of domicile. Four states use the official title of...

 of Alaska
Alaska
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.

General information

Pamyua's music is self-described as "tribal funk
Funk
Funk is a music genre that originated in the mid-late 1960s when African American musicians blended soul music, jazz and R&B into a rhythmic, danceable new form of music. Funk de-emphasizes melody and harmony and brings a strong rhythmic groove of electric bass and drums to the foreground...

" and "world music
World music
World music is a term with widely varying definitions, often encompassing music which is primarily identified as another genre. This is evidenced by world music definitions such as "all of the music in the world" or "somebody else's local music"...

". Most of their songs are based on traditional Yupik, Inuit
Inuit
The Inuit are a group of culturally similar indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic regions of Canada , Denmark , Russia and the United States . Inuit means “the people” in the Inuktitut language...

 and Greenland
Greenland
Greenland is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark, located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Though physiographically a part of the continent of North America, Greenland has been politically and culturally associated with Europe for...

ic chants, but the group is well-known for reinterpreting them in modern styles, such as the song "Cayauqa Nauwa", which has been performed a cappella
A cappella
A cappella music is specifically solo or group singing without instrumental sound, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. It is the opposite of cantata, which is accompanied singing. A cappella was originally intended to differentiate between Renaissance polyphony and Baroque concertato...

 (mengluni, 1998) and with Pacific Islander
Pacific Islander
Pacific Islander , is a geographic term to describe the indigenous inhabitants of any of the three major sub-regions of Oceania: Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia.According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, these three regions, together with their islands consist of:Polynesia:...

 influences (Caught in the Act, 2003), as well as traditionally (Drums of the North, 2005).

Pamyua has toured across the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 and the world, performing at many world music festivals. In 2003, Pamyua won the Record of the Year Nammy for their album Caught in the Act. They opened the celebration of the National Museum of the American Indian
National Museum of the American Indian
The National Museum of the American Indian is a museum operated under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution that is dedicated to the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of the native Americans of the Western Hemisphere...

. The National Museum of the American Indian also released a compilation recording featuring the music of Pamyua.

Discography

  • mengluni
    Mengluni
    mengluni is an album by Pamyua released in 1998 by Ellavut Records.mengluni was the debut album by Pamyua. The title is the Yupik word for "the beginning."-Track listing:# "Uivaaranga"# "Kaaka-ggug Cauyalriitqaa"# "Reindeer Herding Song"...

    (1998)
  • Verses (Apallut) (2001)
  • Caught in the Act (2003)
  • Drums of the North (2005)

Current members

  • Stephen Blanchett, Yupik and African American
    African American
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    heritage
  • Phillip Blanchett, Yupik and African American heritage
  • Karina Møller, Greenlandic Inuit heritage
  • Ossie Kairaiuak,Yupik heritage

External links

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