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minogondaagan: the good voice

Episode 8: 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 face​book​.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 atsound​cloud​.com/​b​o​o​g​e​y​t​h​ebeat. The inter­sti­tial music is cour­tesy of Bloom — you can hear more of their songs at bloom14​.band​camp​.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.


  • Kelly Fraser

    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.

  • Sebastian Gaskin

    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

  • Kris Harper

    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.