Every year, Canadian musicians record and release hundreds of albums. The musical juggernaut that is the United States unleashes more than 70,000 albums on the world every 365 days.

In Greenland, that number is about 15.

The country has what must be one of the smallest music industries in the world, and yet Greenlandic music has all of its influences on display. The country shares musical traditions with Canada (by way of Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories), Denmark, Norway and the U.S. As a result, Greenland's music runs the gamut from traditional folk to sugary pop to straight-up rock 'n' roll bearing a rich American influence. So it's not completely inconceivable for your new favourite band to be from Greenland — you just haven't heard of them yet. Let's see what we can do about that.

Greenlandic band: Nanook
For fans of:
Dan Mangan and Lindy

Nanook is one of the latest and brightest stars on the scene. The band has only existed for five years, but has already sold 10,000 albums. That's pretty incredible for a country with little more than 50,000 people.


Greenlandic band: Angu
For fans of:
Alexi Murdoch or David Bowie

Musician and photographer, Angu was born in Greenland, works out of Copenhagen but sings mostly in English. He started off his musical career rocking out, and has since found success with a more traditional singer-songwriter approach.


Greenlandic band: Julie Berthelsen
For fans of: televised music competitions and granulated sugar

Pop star Julie Berthelsen found success the new-fashioned way by appearing on the Danish TV show Popstars. She didn't win the competition but went on to be more popular than the first-place winner.


Greenlandic band: the Benefits
For fans of:
Fall Out Boy, Simple Plan and All-American Rejects

There's not a lot of information about this band on the internet, in part because they have a decidedly un-Google-able name. But, the Benefits have slick production and a very accessible sound that made them perfect candidates to open for the likes of Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson.


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posted by Judith Lynch on Jan 10, 2014