//Kelly Fraser, Inuit-Canadian singer, useless at 26

Kelly Fraser, Inuit-Canadian singer, useless at 26

Kelly Fraser, a Canadian pop artist who gained consideration for an Inuit-language cowl of Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” a part of her advocacy efforts for her indigenous tradition, has died. Fraser was 26.

Thor Simonsen, Fraser’s buddy and producer, mentioned he was instructed the day after Christmas by the singer-songwriter’s household that she had died. The household declined to launch particulars, together with the reason for demise, Simonsen mentioned Saturday.

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Fraser, who grew up in Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, Canada, and was dwelling in Winnipeg, Manitoba, launched “Isuma,” her debut album, in 2014. Her sophomore album, “Sedna,” got here out in 2017 and was nominated for indigenous music album of the yr at Canada’s Juno music awards.

When Fraser wrote or translated songs into Inuktitut, an Inuit language, a key intention was to “use pop music as a platform to strengthen her language,” Simonsen mentioned. She additionally wished to make the music as accessible to as many individuals as doable, he mentioned, so she combined English and Inuktitut in her recordings and blended conventional Inuit sounds and themes with up to date pop.

FILE - In this March 25, 2018, file photo, Kelly Fraser arrives on the red carpet at the Juno Awards in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

FILE – On this March 25, 2018, file photograph, Kelly Fraser arrives on the purple carpet on the Juno Awards in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press by way of AP)

A video of her model of “Diamonds” was extensively considered on-line.

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Fraser was “extremely passionate about trying to improve conditions for Inuit people” as properly, and wished to assist younger individuals perceive the historical past that contributed to their difficulties, Simonsen mentioned.

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In a 2017 assertion that accompanied the discharge of “Sedna,” Fraser mentioned the album’s objective was to heal these affected by the outcomes of colonization, together with the ”damaging results of residential faculty and compelled relocation. There’s a nice want for Inuit artists to immediately converse to these affected from the previous.”

She was engaged on a 3rd album, “Decolonize,” on the time of her demise, Simonsen mentioned.