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Ziibiwan’s Stunning New Single, “Winter’s Child”, Honours Indigenous Matriarchs and Mothers

You’ve never heard Buffy Sainte-Marie like this before.

Since RPM released Ziibiwan‘s Time Limits EP in 2016, he’s been hard at work levelling up his production skills and blending his unique mix of melodic songwriting with trap-influenced beats.

On his latest single, “Winter’s Child”, Ziibiwan flips a Buffy Sainte-Marie folk classic (“Winter Boy“), and breathes potent, new political life into the song, by reimagining it in reference to missing and murdered Indigenous women and what Buffy calls ‘the demilitarization of the male heart’.

Saskatoon-based rapper Wellspoke also appears in the first half of the song to deliver an urgent and heartfelt clarion call to honour the role of Indigenous mothers in caring for and raising their sons, despite the ongoing effects of colonial violence on Indigenous people of all genders and orientations.

It’s a haunting, quietly beautiful track and it’s pushing into new territory for both artists.

Read an interview with Ziibiwan and check the track premiere over at Noisey: Ziibiwan’s “Winter’s Child” Passes Down Native Knowledge for the Trap Era

“Winter’s Child” is available now on RPM Records.

• Stream: http://smarturl.it/noisey-WC
• Buy: http://smarturl.it/winterschild

Listen to Ziibwan, “Winter’s Child (feat. Wellspoke)”