April blossomed with a bouquet of releases in the world of Indigenous music – here are eight to check out.
The legendary C-Weed Band released their 17th album this month and the lead single, Can This be Love, is already climbing the charts on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown. Get it on iTunes.
The Philosophers Stoned Mixtape
Winnipeg’s Ill Citizens have released their third mixtape – the first of two they’ll put out this year – which features all original material with beats produced by Walter “DJ Wawa” Lounsbury and Sebastation Gaskin. Download it from hotnewhiphop.com.
I am Woman. Kwe
Anishnaabe poet, actress, vocalist and visual artist Lena Recollet has released her first full-length album featuring her mix of spoken word, soul-jazz, traditional native music and folk. Get it on iTunes.
Listen to Lena Recollet’s Personal Power:
Indio 808: Global Mixtape Volume 2
DJ El Indio of World Hood
This compilation features tracks by Rita Indiana, Sonora, Zuzuka Poderosa, Major Lazer, and many others. If you love to dance, download the mixtape from soundcloud.com/world-hood.
Garfield Street (The Mixtape: Vol. 2)
The ever prolific producer, rapper and activist Young Jibwe of Dog Creek First Nation keeps it coming with his latest release. Get the free download here.
Beauty and Hard Times
With a sound that draws from blues, folk, rock, gospel, country, Eastern European, and classical styles Mama D delves into hard times lyrically, but delivers it all in musical beauty. Get it on iTunes.
YK the Mayor
Winnipeg-based emcee Young Kidd actually released this mixtape at the end of March, but we didn’t get a chance to tell you about it then! The album includes 16 tracks with guest appearances from Keisha Booker, Shai, Quick Cash, Lotto, Terell Safadi, Fresh IE, and Critical. Download it from datpiff.com.
Upright & Locked Position
The 14th solo recording from finger-style guitar heavyweight Don Ross is a melodic collection of new original songa and new recordings of some of his early compositions. He’s an incredible player, be sure to take the time to listen and get the album from candyrat.com.
Watch the title track from Don Ross, The Upright & Locked Positon: