New music videos by 4 Indigenous acts
Digging Roots and JB the First Lady among 4 musical acts with new videos
This Canada Day long week, CBC Aboriginal wants to celebrate by recognizing a few of the country's talented Indigenous musical acts.
A Tribe Called Red - Stadium Pow Wow
Stadium Pow Wow, the first summer single of 2016 for A Tribe Called Red, will no doubt compel you to dance. The video juxtaposes rural and urban settings, from kids playing in fields, to strong Indigenous women sparring. This summer A Tribe Called Red is taking their electric pow wow on the road, hitting cities across the country.
Once a Tree - Hide
Toronto-based Indigenous electronic duo Once a Tree's newest single, Hide, is a song about finding comfort in another person's company. The black and white video features two dancers, coming together and leaving their mark on each other's skin.
Digging Roots - AK-47
In the wake of the Orlando shootings, Indigenous folk-rock-duo Digging Roots' new single AK-47 now holds a stronger meaning. The band describes the song as "opening fire on hate, oppression and violence… not with bullets and guns; but with the full force of love." At the end of the song, singer ShoShona Kish sings "Nizoogide'e," an Anishinaabe word that translates to "my heart is a stronghold" — which sums up the powerful message behind the song.
JB The First Lady - Dangerous
In March JB the First Lady, who hails from Nuxalk and Cayuga Nations, released a video for Dangerous, her ode to strong Indigenous identity. She sings, "we ain't not dangerous, but we can be dangerous." The song explores how Indigenous people "overcame genocide," and how it is "time to be unified." The simple video features JB The First Lady alongside dancers, who transition from wearing street wear to fancy shawl and jingle dresses.