On the Radar: Up & Coming Indigenous Artists

Here’s a look at some up & coming young Indigenous musicians on the RPM Radar.

Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick Canada

Shelby “Beaatz” Sappier is a 19-year-old rapper  and hip-hop producer from the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Canada.  When his music came across our desks, we were amazed to find such a stylish, bumping and professional style from such a young artist. Be on the look out for his new stuff and check out his music below:

Beaatz on YouTube
Beaatz on Myspace

Sonia Eidse

Métis artist Sonia Eidse out of Winnipeg is a singer-songwriter emerging onto the scene with a smooth and calming sound that immediately draws you in. She recently appeared on the APTN program Rising Stars, which featured some of the newest Indigenous musicians in the scene.  She is currently working on her first EP release and performing live shows around Winnipeg.

Sonia Eidse Manitoba Music Profile
Sonia Eidse on APTN Rising Stars

Lil’ Pappy

Lil’ Pappy is making a huge splash onto the scene with his driving pop sound.  Mastering a number of instruments including piano, electric guitar, slide guitar, harmonica, ukulele, synthesizer, organ, xylophone and banjo by the young age of 16 and exploring multiple music genres has served his music well. He has opened for the likes of Robin Black and Marianas Trench and climbed the ranks of the top 50 on Canadian Idol. Lil’ Pappie is definitely someone to watch out for. For more info see the links below and here’s a preview of his Weezy-influenced latest:

Lil’ Pappie on Stressedstreet
Lil’ Pappie on YouTube

Samantha Crain

Out of Shawnee, Oklahoma, Choctaw singer Samantha Crain’s acoustic musical style has been taking her around the festival circuits and making a huge impression on the music scene. With some cowboy boots and a guitar, she has made her way into the collective roots musical conscience with her compelling songs, haunting melodies and great videos. Be on the lookout for Samantha Crain and her band Frontier Ruckus in Canada this summer. She will be performing in July for the Winnipeg Folk Festival and at the Vancouver Folk Festival.

Samantha Crain’s Website

Dey & Nite

Identical twins from New Mexico, Dey & Nite are a fast-rising pop/R&B duo touring across Turtle Island to share their style and talent with crowds across Canada and the U.S. The twins have sung back-up for Paula Deanda, shared the stage with acts like Soulja Boy and Baby Bash and most recently toured Australia Mexico and Brazil singing back-up for Hilary Duff. These two amazing singers are a pop act you should definitely watch out for. Check out their a cappella rendition of the Bill Withers classic “Ain’t No Sunshine”:

Dey & Nite’s Website

Stay tuned for more Indigenous music artists on the RPM radar.

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