Regina's Brad Bellegarde shares residential school stories with hip-hop
InfoRed performs 'I Remember' live on CBC's The Morning Edition
Regina musician Brad Bellegarde, also known as InfoRed, said hip hop is the best way to reach the next generation of Aboriginal storytellers.
"We need to reconnect with that culture and storytelling has always been a cornerstone of First Nations culture," Bellegarde said. "So the only way to relate to them right now is rap music. I've been given the gift so I might as well share it."
Bellegarde is taking part in the Sâkêwêwak Storytellers Festival in Regina. The festival features storytelling by elders, filmmakers, poets, visual artists, and musicians.
He asked his mother and uncle to tell him their stories and memories from their first days at residential school. The result is 'I Remember', a powerful song that will be released on his upcoming album, Rediculous Stories.
Bellegarde performed 'I Remember' live in studio with Morning Edition host Stefani Langenegger.