It’s been four years since blues duo Digging Roots released their last album but with one listen you’ll agree it’s been worth the wait.

Inspired by their travels, For The Light, firmly inhabits roots and blues with a nomadic wanderlust; confidently exploring other terrains from the inner cities, the back roads and all the places in between. The husband and wife songwriting team, Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish have written and produced a collection of love songs that reflects a maturing sense of storytelling. With sweet harmonies smokey wails and melodic accompaniments of ukulele, banjo, mellotron and of course Raven’s bombastic resonator guitar, this albumis something special; an eclectic tapestry of light and dark sound that is vintage and fresh all at once.

Digging Roots are formidable live – be sure to catch them on the road this summer. Get the album on iTunes and start singing along (in Anishinabemowin and English) to the brilliant title track, For the Light.

Digging Roots’ Summer Tour Dates 2014:

06/26/14 Toronto, ON
Dundas Square

06/27/14 Midland, ON
Midland Cultural Centre

06/29/14 Quebec City, QC
Television Performance

07/01/14 Barrie, ON
Heritage Park

07/11/14 – 07/13/14 Comox, BC
Vancouver Island MusicFest

07/15/14 Duncan, BC
Duncan Showroom Productions

07/17/14 – 07/20/14 Yellowknife, NWT
Folk On The Rocks

07/23/14 Regina, SK
2014 Indigenous Games

08/01/14 Spence’s Bridge, BC
N’kemin Voices of the Valley

08/06/14 Kelowna, BC
Minstrel Café

08/06/14 – 08/07/14 Wayland, MI
Pottawatami Gathering

08/15/14 – 08/17/14 Dunster, BC
Robson Valley Music Festival

In episode 12, RPM looks at language revitalization. Half of the world’s languages have dissapeared in the past 500 years and today a language goes extinct every two weeks on average. Indigenous languages are the ones most at risk - which has inspired Indigenous musicians to take up the struggle to save them.

Our host Ostwelve speaks with three artists who are working on revitilizing their ancestral languages. Miss Christie Lee of the Musqueam Nation raps in Hun’qumi’num’ and shares what her culture means to her and how she sought guidance from her elders on creating music in her language. Tall Paul, of Point of Contact, raps in Anishnaabemowin.  Tall Paul describes discovering more of his culture through his college language course and using hip-hop to adapt Indigenous languages to new avenues. Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, who sings in the language of Haida, hopes listeners can get to a different place, even if they don’t understand the words, and she shares how by singing in our Indigenous lanugage we are connecting with our ancestors.

DOWNLOAD: RPM Podcast #012 - “Revitalization” 

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The RPM podcast is produced & engineered by the amazing Paolo Pietropaolo. Photo illustration created by the talented Joi Arcand.