Aboriginal Music Week starts tomorrow in Winnipeg, bringing together indigenous music-makers from across North America.
The festival, now in its 6th year, has showcased artists such as A Tribe Called Red and Tanya Tagaq in previous years, and is becoming a go-to festival in Canada for the discovery of emerging Indigenous talent.
“We’re expecting 10,000 to 12,000 people this year,” says Alan Greyeyes, Chairperson at Aboriginal Music Manitoba Inc., who also notes that the festival has doubled in attendance since its inception in 2008.
While most of the artists appearing at Aboriginal Music Week are from Canada, Greyeyes says he tries to bring in a few international acts each year. The festival’s diverse programming aims to connect Indigenous artists from different communities, allowing for synergy between performers, and, hopefully, inspiration to break new musical ground.
In anticipation of the week’s festivities, Greyeyes offered his not-to-be-missed picks. Check them out below.
1. Colombia-born Toronto-based musician and visual artist Lido Pimienta makes electronic-infused experimental pop that evokes artists such as Tanya Tagaq and Bjork.