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Why the Native North America compilation is even more relevant today – CBC Radio

by pmnationtalk on August 8, 201788 Views

August 08, 2017

Jarrett Martineau believes the musicians featured on the Native North America Vol. 1 collection are important because they’re a reminder that Indigenous acts of today aren’t starting from nothing, and the issues they were singing about back then are still being faced by Indigenous people today.

The Native North America collection, compiled by music journalist Kevin Howes, showcases 25 Indigenous acts from across North America on songs originally released between 1966 and 1985. The collection received wide acclaim and was nominated for a Grammy in 2016, but it was also a poignant reminder of the struggle Indigenous musicians faced to be heard back then, and still do, to this day.

Later this evening, artists featured on the compilation will come together for a rare event in Toronto to celebrate their music and legacies. q speaks with Jarrett Martineau, an Indigenous music critic of Plains Cree and Dene Suline heritage and host of CBC Radio’s Reclaimed, a new Indigenous music show airing on CBC Radio One and 2.

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