Five Indigenous artists for an Indigenous Peoples Day 2022 playlist

Indigenous Musicians Recommended by Indigenous Musicians to listen to this Indigenous Peoples Day 2022

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One of the most talked about records of 2022 so far is Niineta by Minneapolis-based Ojibwe Pow Wow singer Joe Rainey.

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Blending both the original vocal freestyles of Rainey and the bass-heavy rhythms of Andrew Broder, aka electronic artist Fog, Niineta is a perfect example of how contemporary Indigenous artists are successfully integrating traditional techniques into the fields technologies. In a recent interview, Rainey talked about the similarities between his home base and Winnipeg, MB. Both cities have very large indigenous populations and arts scenes.

On a previous visit to the city, Rainey was introduced to the music of Manitoba-born and raised, Hamilton-based Ojibway artist Daniel Monkman, who records as Zoon. Rainey said Zoon’s debut album Bleached Wavves was a favorite album and he looks forward to delving into other Canada-based Indigenous music offerings. He would also like to go out to British Columbia, to meet one of his unlikely heroes.

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“That’s where Narduwar is from and I love this guy,” Rainey said. “He’s taught me a lot about music over the years watching his interviews and the genuine reactions he gets from people when he puts out their old records and stuff. music from Canada thanks to him and also now to Zoon.

Inspired by the mention of Rainey and his incredible record, creating a 5-song playlist to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day 2022 seemed like a good idea. Here it is and keep adding your own choices:


1 – DJ O Show: Status & Clarity

This two-spirited Afro-Indigenous member of the Squamish Nation has been shooting sets for a few years and building a solid foundation. His hip-hop debut investigates “the truth about growing up in one’s Sḵwx̱wú7mesh community and the work that needs to be done for future generations”.

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DJ O Show tours June 25 at 11 p.m. at Ocean Art Works, 1531 Johnston St., Granville Island as part of the 2022 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

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2 – nêhiyawak: secret

This amiskwaciy (Edmonton) trio of Kris Harper, Marek Tyler and Matthew Cardinal released their impressive first nipiy in 2020. The final video is for the secret song and produced by Dene multidisciplinary artist Casey Koyczan, The song is filled with “color and flourishing movements breaking through dark shades and mysticism to symbolize the resilience and strength of our Indigenous practices and traditions challenging political, economic and societal oppression.

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3. OMBIIGIZI: Ogiin

The combination of Zoon and Status/Non-Status (aka Adam Sturgeon) recommended by Joe Rainey in this project which roughly translates to s/he is loud has produced some gems of songs paired with political lyrics. The band’s debut album, titled Sewn Back Together, was recently named to the 2022 Polaris Music Prize Long List.

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2 – Richard Inman: Cut Fence (Let God sort them out)

Her mother is from Kainai, Alberta, but was adopted by Mormons and raised in Spring Hill, Manitoba. He received a Mennonite upbringing in southwestern Manitoba, but spent a lot of time in Alberta. Singer-songwriter Richard Inman never identified himself as an Aboriginal artist rising through the ranks, but has come to work there in recent years. Its complex history is familiar to many and makes albums such as its brilliant Come Back Through some of the most authentic honky tonk country you will find.

Richard Inman and Amber Nielson will perform as Fortune Block at the Vancouver International Folk Festival, July 15-17.

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Snotty Nose Ground Kids (lr) Quinton Young Trybez Nyce and Darren Young D Metz
Snotty Nose Ground Kids (lr) Quinton Young Trybez Nyce and Darren Young D Metz Photo by Brendan Meadows /PNG

5 – Snotty Nose Ground Kids – Red Sky At Night (Remix) feat. Shad, Taboo

Another band to make the long list for the 2022 Polaris Prize is the beloved Haisla duo of Quinton “Young Trybez” Nyce and Darren “Young D” Metz. With their most recent album, Life After, the band have peaked in their fierce, funky lyrics and beat-playing. Check out this slamming remix of one of the album’s best tracks.

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