Vocalist Kelly Fraser has actually passed away at the age of 26, it has actually been verified.
The Canadian musician, who was best understood for covering Rihanna’s song Diamonds, is thought to have died over the Christmas vacations.
Kelly’s good friend and manufacturer, Thor Simonsen, states he was notified of her death by her family on Boxing Day– the day after Christmas Day.
However, the family decreased to share information about her passing or the cause of death.
The musician, who grew up in Sanikiluaq, Nunavut in Canada, rose to fame in 2013 when she released her cover of Rihanna’s 2012 ballad Diamonds to YouTube. Kelly was praised for singing the cover in the Inuit language of Inuktitut in a quote to raise awareness of it in pop music.
Kelly released her debut album in 2014 while the follow-up, Sedna, showed up 3 years later.
Sedna showed to be a success and was chosen for indigenous music album of the year at the Juno music awards in Canada.
At the time, Kelly stated her goal with Sedna was to ‘use pop music as a platform to strengthen her language’, however likewise to heal those experiencing colonisation and ‘the destructive results of domestic school and required relocation’.
In the statement, Kelly stated: ‘There is a fantastic need for Inuit artists to directly talk to those impacted from the past.’
According to Thor, the vocalist was ‘exceptionally passionate about trying to improve conditions for Inuit people’.
Talking To CBC in 2018, Kelly explained: ‘I actually believe that we need to improve our culture as much as we can or it’s going to die.
‘ I’ve been informed: “What you’re doing is not conventional, you should not be using our clothes and singing our language in such a manner that it’s not conventional”. And I resemble: “I do not think any of us live very traditionally”. However I think we have traditions and we can modernise it, due to the fact that culture is constantly altering.’
She also revealed how she gets ‘extremely emotional’ and weeps due to the fact that she felt a ‘big concern on her shoulders’ to represent Inuit.
Kelly was stated to be dealing with her 3rd album, entitled Decolonize, at the time of her death.
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