Despite being born and raised in the Alaskan town of Sitka, Strummin’ Dog (aka Dave Galanin, father of Nicholas Galanin) plays the blues like he’s from down the bayou. His newest album, Signify, is a mix of original tunes and his own spin on works by the greats like Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Charley Patton. …read more »
So far in 2012 the new releases in Indian Country span the genres of folk, americana, flamenco, traditional and pop/rock… something for everyone! Here are the new Indigenous music releases of January and February, 2012.
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The annual Talking Stick Festival is once again celebrating and showcasing Aboriginal artists across Vancouver from February 20-March 4th. Yes! Two weeks of live music, dance, theatre, powwow, workshops and more will be happening in venues citywide. …read more »
Terri-Anne Strongarm, from Starblanket Cree Nation, has an impressive resume considering she’s just 23 years old. She’s opened for Charlie Major, Kalan Porter, Shane Yellowbird, The Road Hammers, Doug Kershaw, Crystal Shawanda and most Patty Loveless and won accolades for her big voice and country music stylings since she first began performing at 4 years old. …read more »
Choctaw singer-songwriter Samantha Crain is on the road again – a long road that will see her performing over 20 gigs in the next six weeks and take her across the Atlantic ocean. She’ll have her band in tow and her brand new 7″ single in hand. …read more »
Landon Walls, Onondaga and Hopi hip-hop artist (DJ DoezIT) and mentor, is helping Indigenous youth find their musical path. He’s currently inspired by the work he’s doing with one young man in particular, Junior Harvey, who is set to make a name for himself as Ali Baby. They sat down to answer some questions about their their collaboration, Ali Baby’s upcoming debut album and the importance of listening. …read more »
Vancouver’s PuSh Festival is celebrating its 9th year as one of the city’s signature events. Every year The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival presents both contemporary performances from leading Canadian artists and develops new works for the stage.
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The full title of this new video from Indian in the Machine is Look Inside Indian’s Magical Rainbow Aura Crystal – a mesmerizing dance of colour and light. …read more »
The Trio Gang are three young Maori women – Ngakiri Kershaw, Renee Rangikataua and Mere Arihi Pipitakoko – who recently began uploading their renditions of cover songs to Facebook and YouTube. The three part harmonies, with just the accompaniment of one acoustic guitar, are striking and charming. I’m reminded that it doesn’t take much for artists to shine. …read more »
This track written and performed by Cree artist Niska is set to be the first single off the upcoming EP The Napoleon Collective. The EP will feature members of the uber-talented Naploean family Niska, Quanah Style and Art Napolean. …read more »