Introducing one of the most exciting new ensembles in our world. Pamyua (pronounce it like “BUM-you-ah”. It means “encore” or “do it again!”) is an Inuit-soul music group from Anchorage that blends Yup’ik and Inuit culture with traditions from all over the world. Call it “tribal funk.” Call it Alaska’s newest force for joy.
Pamyua formed in April 1995 when brothers Phillip and Stephen Blanchett stumbled upon a musical concept to blend Inuit drum/dance melodies with R&B vocal styling and arrangements. Later Ossie Kairaiuak and Karina Moeller joined the group. Today the quartet works with world-class musicians from Alaska and Denmark and travels the world sharing their blend of cultural harmony.
Pamyua showcases Inuit culture though music and dance performance. Their performance is a platform to share Indigenous knowledge and history. Band members are proud to represent Indigenous culture. The group believes unity is possible though music and dance. Together, each member works to interpret Inuit traditions masterfully with joy and sincerity. The response to this message is tremendous – the group has become a symbol of pride for Alaska’s Indigenous people and to all who see them perform.