Malaya Bishop is one half of the throat singing (katajjaq) duo Sila Singers with Jenna Broomfield. Bishop is originally from Iqaluit, NU and is currently based in Edmonton, AB where she studies psychology at the University of Alberta. Malaya learned to throat sing from elders in Iqaluit through an integrative community program in elementary school .
The Sila Singers formed after an introduction during a workshop Broomfield facilitated with her mother. During the first meeting they were encouraged to sing together and today continue to share an incredible energy as a powerful duo. The Sila Singers share their traditional songs throughout Alberta and most recently have been performing internationally.
Some celebrated performances by the Sila Singers include Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) in 2014 and the Indianer Inuit: Das Nordamerika Film Festival in Stuttgart, Germany in 2016, iNuit Blanche, Inuit Studies Conference and Katingavik Arts Festival, in St. John's, Newfoundland and most recently SummerWorks Festival, Toronto, collaboration title 'Katimajuit' a multimedia artwork .
2015: Bishop became the president of the Inuit Edmontonmiut Society, the Indigenous Advisory Circle with the Alberta School Board Association.
1. Sila Singers, “The Sila Singers”, accessed October 25, 2018. http://silasingers.wixsite.com/katajjaq