Since 2015, the Iqaluit-based record label, Hitmakerz, has been helping artists by creating musical collaborations and releasing world-class pop and hip-hop music to the world, both in English and Inuktitut.
Ajungi, pronounced AH-YUNG-EE, an Inuktitut word meaning “capable people” was designed to showcase Nunavut artists to a broader market and help them launch (or further) their musical careers.
In 2018, plans were made for a full-length album, and a call was put out on social media asking artists to submit song demos, snippets of singing, rapping, etc. Many talented Nunavummiut applied and a group of 19 up-and-coming artists were selected for the album.
The songs were recorded at Hitmakerz Studios in Iqaluit and then professionally produced, mixed, and mastered by Thor Simonsen, an Iqaluit-based music producer (and the founder of Hitmakerz), and Bardur Haberg, a music producer from the Faroe Islands.
Since its inception, Ajungi’s mission has been to “create sustainable careers in the arts” — a goal Hitmakerz has been trying to reach by producing other award-winning albums for Inuit artists (including Aasiva, Angela Amarualik, Kelly Fraser, etc.) and creating a series of touring musical workshops (Arctic Hitmakerz, Uke’cray).
The Ajungi album is now available worldwide on all music platforms and for order at: music.apple.com/ca/album/ajungi/1483858016.
It was made possible with funding from the Government of Nunavut and Qikiqtani Inuit Association. A portion of album sales will be donated to the Kamatsiaqtut Nunavut Helpline (867-979-3333).