VideoManitoba's Aboriginal music scene: 10 to watch
Posted by Cate Friesen, SCENE Producer | Thursday June 21, 2012
In honour of National Aboriginal Day on June 21, SCENE is shining the
spotlight on the aboriginal movers and shakers in Manitoba's arts and culture
This province is brimming with Aboriginal musicians, from country to
classical, hiphop to pop.
We can't begin to cover it all so we offer you ten to watch...and listen
1. Award winning Muthers of Different Bruthers is a hard-rock outfit who
infuse a heavy guitar sound with the members aboriginal roots. The result is some
truly original tracks -- think early grunge at a pow wow -- that are leaving
their mark on Canada's hard-rock landscape.
2. 17 year old Ali Fontaine is on the rise. She scored Best Country CD
category and Best New Artist category in the 6th annual Aboriginal Peoples
Choice Music Awards last fall.
3. Lorenzo is an Anishinaabe MC from the Little Saskatchewan First Nation,
located in Interlake Region of Manitoba. He's morphing hiphop into something
brand new, blending rap, acoustic guitar and traditional drumming and singing.
4. Ojibway musician (and broadcaster, and host of CBC's 8th Fire) Wab Kinew is also on the forefront of what's
best about Manitoba's Aboriginal music scene. Kinew has mentored many up and coming musician, including Lorenzo.
5. Bluesman Dustin Harder not only lays down a mean blues riff, he's also
the man behind 8 days in May, Eh! -- a music festival that brings together
Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal musicians every May...for eight days, of
6. Burnt Project 1, lead by Dave Boulanger, just released a long awaited
new CD, The Black List. It's been six years since the group released its
sophomore album Hometown, which took home the 2006 Juno for Aboriginal recording
of the year. Well worth the wait.
Boulanger also wrote the theme for the CBC Radio series Trailbreakers.
7. Tracy Bone, from Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation, just broke into
the music scene five years ago. She's a power house on her own, and her sweet
duets with husband and fellow musician J.C. Campbell are not to be missed. New
album comes out end of June.
8. The super group Indian City is a new project of Vince Fontaine's. In
fact you can catch the band live at the Forks this Saturday, June 23, when APTN
throws the biggest Aboriginal Day party in town.
9. Cree composer and conductor Andrew Balfour leads Camerata Nova -- a choir
that does everything from early music to contemporary compositions, like a chant
for our very own Jets.
10. Norway House's D'Aoust Brothers are making their
way to becoming one of the premiere acts in the aboriginal country music
We know we couldn't include all the great acts. Which ones did we miss that you would put on the 'one to watch' list?