Episode 9: Reconciliation In Music
On this episode, we speak with three very powerful musicians who use music to tell their stories. We pose the question — has reconciliation happened in the music industry? Has it happened within the lives of these musicians?
We’ll close off our episode with the track “I’m Just Saying” from young up and coming Winnipeg MC CJ the Grey. Be sure check out more of his music at facebook.com/mr.cj the grey.
Our opening and closing theme music comes to us courtesy of Boogey The Beat — check out more of his brilliant work atsoundcloud.com/boogeythebeat. The interstitial music is courtesy of Bloom — you can hear more of their songs at bloom14.bandcamp.com.
Minogondaagan, was produced on Treaty One territory, the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Nehiyawak, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis nation.
We would like to thank the Community Radio Fund Of Canada, the University Of Manitoba’s Office Of Indigenous Engagement, the National Centre For Truth & Reconcilliation, the University Of Manitoba Student’s Union and UMFM 101.5 for their support in the production of this series.
Our first guest is Inuk pop singer/songwriter Kelly Fraser. Born and raised in Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, Fraser is a Juno Award nominated musician and writer, and was also nominated in 2018 for Indigenous Music Album of The Year for her second album Sedna. Fraser is an incredibly hardworking performing and writer, performing on stages all across Canada and helping other young musicians find their voice.
Our second guest is Sebastian Gaskin, a Cree and Anishinaabe singer/songwriter who creates lush soundscapes combined with heart-thumping bass, melancholic melodies with a soulful voice. Sebastian recently completed the Artist Entrepreneur West program at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, in Calgary - a five-week creative entrepreneurship designed to assist emerging artists develop sustainable careers with music professionals. By mid-January he will be releasing a new single, “CBD” which ties in with the calming effect cannabis has, and plans to release an EP in the early new year. We featured one of his songs in Episode
Our third guest is Kris Harper, a member of nêhiyawak, who hails from amiskwaciy (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. nêhiyawak create sounds that coalesce at the intersection between traditional and contemporary music. The Cree word nêhiyawak directly means plains people, or people of the plains, the word and its meaning weighs heavily on the band as they navigate the musical landscape, as well as their relationships with elders, youth and the community at large.