RPM is pleased to present the 2015 imagineNATIVE mixtape, as part of the festival’s 16th annual celebration of Indigenous creativity.
The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest showcase of film, music, and media arts by Indigenous artists.
Boasting an incredible diversity in contemporary forms of Indigenous creative expression, the festival celebrates the thriving artistry among Indigenous Peoples. Running October 14-18 in Toronto, we are pleased to partner with imagineNATIVE to support the festival’s commitment to Indigenous music.
On Saturday, October 17, imagineNATIVE will present a live music performance night “The Beat DJ POW! WOW!” — featuring electronic sets from GlitClit, Madeskimo, and Akkil.
To get you hyped for the show, we’ve assembled a fresh, new mixtape featuring all three of the artists performing at the show.
Inuk electronic artist madeskimo, a.k.a. Geronimo Inutiq, uses live instruments, digital and analogue synths, and a deft hand at remixing and processing samples to blend traditional Inuit, Aboriginal, modern electronic and urban music into experimental new hybrids.
GlitClit is the DJ project of acclaimed Colombian singer and electronic artist Lido Pimienta, who experiments with Indigenous sonics, beats, live looping, and hypnotic vocals. Known as “Colombian darling” and “SoundSister”, Pimienta has been bumping up Afro-Indigenous chanting and rhythms with brass, experimental noise, walls of sound and her beautiful voice, creating a hyper-coloured hybrid sound that can’t be boxed into lazy genre tags.
Rounding out the night, we will be joined by Akkil – who fuses traditional Sámi joik and Sámi classics with the synth-sounds from the 1980s, to celebrate and honour Sámi musical traditions while infusing them with new dancefloor rhythms.
Hosted by Rachelle White Wind, “The Beat” will also feature breakdancing performances by Jay Robi, Siez Swift & Krystal Riverz, with a special performance by Rhythm Natives.
In addition to live performances, and music-themed screenings, this year’s festival will also feature some new experiments with Virtual Reality Portals, where audiences get to experience immersive “Oculus VR” demos featuring music from A Tribe Called Red and Tanya Tagaq.
Don’t miss this incredible celebration of Indigenous creativity and community. And join us on Saturday for an epic NDN throwdown on the dancefloor.
“The Beat DJ POW! WOW!” will be held Saturday, October 17th at Revival in Toronto.