National award winning Yup’ik-Inuit music group, Pamyua, will be performing at the Bethel Regional High School tonight. There is also a “Meet and Greet” which requires tickets that are free.
Three members of Pamyua are originally from the Y-K Delta: Phillip Blanchett, Stephen Blanchett and Ossie Kairaiuak. The fourth member is Karina Moeller from Nuuk, Greenland.
The group presents many lyrics in Yup’ik but can’t be pigeonholed as a traditional band. They blend tradition and contemporary sounds and can be labeled only generally. The group’s blog tribalfunk.wordpress.com offers the broad definition, “Traditional, Inuit, World, Fusion”.
In 2003, Pamyua won Record of the Year at the Native American Music Awards for the album, “Caught in the Act”. They’ve had a busy year in 2012, releasing a new album “Pamyua: Side A/Side B”. They also released the EP, “Ocean Prayer”, and the single, “Flying”.
The free Bethel show starts at 7 p.m. at BRHS and is being sponsored by GCI. Prior to the show, there is a “Meet and Greet” at 6 p.m. which requires tickets. They can be picked up for free at GCI.