Aboriginal Music Week (AMW) and the APCMAs (Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards) are two of the biggest Indigenous music events on Turtle Island – musicians, fans and industry alike travel to Winnipeg every November for the shows, the awards and the schmooze. This year I was finally able to attend for the first time. …read more »
With its World-ribbed sounds, precise arrangements and a catalogue of songs that link the Pacific’s primal myths to Scotland’s mysticism, Pacific Curls – make music that is both worldly and enthralling. Over the five years they’ve played together, the three members have accumulated an impressive instrumental collection featuring the ukulele, cajon, fiddle, Taonga Puoro – traditional Maori instruments, guitar, stomp box, kalimba, various percussive instruments and vocals with lyrics in Te Reo Maori, Rotuman and English. Kim Halliday (Rotuman/NZ Scottish), Ora Barlow (Te Whanau-a-Apanui/English) and Indi Star (Malaysian/Scottish) perform music with depth and originality that touches the inner essence of their musicality. With a cornerstone of backbeat Pacific rhythms, vivacious fiddle playing evoking the Scottish highlands and evocative Maori instrumentation and lyrics, Pacific Curls have pioneered a fusion sound that seamlessly blend their indigenous roots.