Tumasi Quissa

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An Inuit singer from Akudivik in northern Quebec, Tumasi Quissa is entertaining when doing straightforward folk material, but really hits his stride when taking on a subject that allows him to ham it up and sing in weird voices, a talent he excels at so heartily that memories of artists such as Legendary Stardust Cowboy or Syd Barrett will dim as quickly as lights from an offshore oil tanker in the northern fog. Really great numbers along these lines include the masterful "Niaguvinialuit" (Comic Song of the Talking Skull), the manic "Angiyuliruma Attatogogani" (The Chase Is On), and the silly "Immutta Aiyaiya" (Teasing Song). Backup is limited to a few guitars, but the musicians are used to working together and come up with surprisingly detailed backgrounds for these performances. This album was part of a series the Boot label produced of recordings largely drawn from the archive of the Canadian CBC radio.

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