Since its inception in 1998, Toronto’s imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival has grown to be the largest festival of Indigenous film and media arts in the world. The annual celebration was held October 17-21, 2012. Melody McKiver was the grateful recipient of a delegate pass for Indigenous musicians sponsored by Slaight Music. Here’s her exclusive festival recap for RPM. …read more »
Red Slam Collective
The Red Slam Collective is a 5 member artist collective expressing their creativity through their Okra (story) and their Owena (word) in the spirit of indigenous oral traditions using contemporary poetry performance through the development of creative writing through visualization, music, and multi-media. A variety of themes are expressed in the pieces, but the underlying goal is to: uplift, self-identify and promote unify through Spoken, Lyricism which Arranges Meaning (SLAM). Slam members include: Lena Recollet Anishnaabe from Wikwemikong First Nation, an emerging playwright, actress and resident artist for Red Pepper Spectacle; John Hupfield Anishinaabe from Wasauksing First Nations, writer, filmmaker, and youth worker; Miles Turner Six Nations, filmmaker, emerging musical producer; Isaac Llacuachaqui Native, Spanish, Black Inca ancestry from Pachamama, a song writer and musician with RiverWalker Music; Mahlikah Awe:ri, 9th generation Afro-Native of Mohawk and Mik’maw First Nations from Nova Scotia, is a spoken-word artist, and digital story creator and facilitator.
Front lady for Tdot’s Red Slam Collective, Mahlikah Awe:ri, speaks on growth of the group and the ways that they give back. Red Slam will be headlining Redwire’s upcoming show Sentinel Shores: A Group Show and Event Exploring Land Defense February 2nd at Rhizome Cafe, Coast Salish Territories. …read more »
This year marked the first Indigenous hip-hop Showcase at Toronto’s Manifesto Festival 2011. Here are some great videos from the event.
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From New York to Winnipeg to Los Angeles to New Zealand, here’s our pick of the best Indigenous live music events this weekend. …read more »