Bubble Gum is the new irresistibly joyful video from Pamyua.
Bubble Gum is a drumsong off of Pamyua's double album SideA/SideB. The album is a collection of Inuit drumsongs primarily sung in the Yup’ik and Cup’ik language from Southwestern Alaska. Interestingly disc 1 of SideA/SideB features drumsongs performed traditionally with only vocals and drumming where as disc 2features the same songs but with different world music arrangements, offering a new way to enjoy and approach Inuit music.
This playful and infectious video was filmed in Unalakleet by the Anchorage-based film collected Electric Igloo Creative, Bumble Gum was made thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Congrats to everyone involved!
These days, it’s hard to keep track of one of Indian Country’s favorite contemporary electronic music producers A Tribe Called Red as they take leaps forward into renown and reputation. They’ve just released a new video, announced summer tour dates, and are celebrating one of their member’sThre3Style win.
Yes, Cayuga DJ Shub has recently earned the reputation of Canada’s top party rocker, according to Redbull Thre3Style – a title won in Halifax late last month. DJ Shub also won the top spot at the DMC DJ Battle in 2008, becoming the first Aboriginal DJ to win the DMC Battle. I think the author speaks for Indian Country when he says, bigups Shub – keep killing it! To quote a Justice vs. Simian track, “We, are, your friends! You’ll never be alone again!”
Aside from pioneering the Aboriginal Canadian electronic music scene and establishing the presence of Indigenous players as a serious force in the game, A Tribe Called Red has been busy. Bear Witness has been creating a series of videos set to Tribe’s music which acts as a commentary on myths and misconceptions regarding today’s Canadian, “post-colonial” identity, unveiling both truths and untruths through visual art. Media artists like Bear Witness are an emerging breed and hold a unique talent to be watched closely in the near future. As this exciting field evolves, its people motivated to push like Bear that are evolving it.
Busy is good, because busy means you’ll have a chance to see A Tribe Called Red on tour with electronic music favorite Javier Estrada in a town near you. Check these dates including the Winnipeg Jazz Festival below, and don’t forget to watch Bear Witness’s latest video, part 1 of the Javier Estrada Trilogy, Soprano Azteca.
June 19 Winnipeg – Winnipeg Jazz Festival June 20 Regina – TBD June 21 Edmonton – The Works Festival June 22 Ottawa – Special Event June 23 Peterborough – Ode’min Giizis Festival July 08 Ottawa – RBC Ottawa Bluesfest Aug 03 Montreal – Presence Autochtone
Kudos to these guys for staying in touch with, and contributing to contemporary narratives about #decolonization and Indigenous rights while pushing the electronic music scene through thoughtful fusions and modern dance floor remix revelations – but mostly for still managing to have fun while they do it:
Nisga’a New Year, known as “Hobiyee,” was celebrated in Vancouver at the Agrodome last week and we have some video.
Hobiyee is the new year celebration of the Nisga’a First Nation that celebrates the first crescent moon that is shaped like “hoobix,” which is the the shape of the Nisga’a spoon. This special crescent shaped moon with its bowl facing upwards indicated that the following season would be a bountiful harvest of oolichan, salmon, berries and other resources. From Hobiyee 2012 Ts’amiks Edition, here’s an explanation on the meaning of “Hobiyee”:
The Simgigat-Nisga’a Chieftains in past centuries studied the celestial heavens. They were knowledgeable in the behaviours of the stars in proximity to the moon which forecasted the weather patterns. They studied the astrology not from text books but by years of observing the heavens. The Halayt-Simgigat (Spiritual Leader- Chief) studied the “Buxw-laks” moon, The Moon of February. Over time, they observed that whenever the first crescent moon is in the shape of a “Hoobix”- the bowl of a Nisga’a wooden spoon, thin shaped and the ends pointing upward- that in the following seasons the resources of our lands would be plentiful, the oolichan, salmon, berries and various other resources, bountiful. Hobiyee is about the point in time when our “Gal-ha’ink” Cedar Bent Boxes of the Nisga’a are near empty of their winter provisions and they have begun to ration the last of their provisions. The Nisga’a are hoping and praying for a bountiful season of oolichans (saviour fish) and a fruitful year. So the Nisga’a say, “Hobiyee” meaning “the spoon is full”.
Hobiyee is celebrated with a potlatch filled with traditional song and dance. This year in Vancouver, the Hobiyee celebration was taken to a new level when it was hosted by the Nisga’a Ts’amiks Organization at the PNE Agrodome and streamed live onto the internet. The event included hundreds of drummers, singers and dancers from around British Columbia and lasted 2 nights. Although this event has already passed here in Vancouver, there is an even more traditional event happening in the traditional territory of the Nisga’a in Gitlaxt’aamiks, which is the capital of the Nisga’a Nation 97 kilometers of Terrace, British Columbia. For more info on that event, visit: nnkn.ca/content/hobiyee-2012-feb-24-252012-gitlaxtaamiks-bc-rec-centre. The archived live stream of the Vancouver Hobiyee celebration is some of the best footage capture of the event.
National Native News History Segment- Remembering Jim Pepper. On this day in 1992, the Creek-Kaw jazz saxophonist died of lymphoma. He primarily played the tenor sax and was considered one of the pioneers of fusion jazz. Pepper also blended in songs taught to him by his grandfather and father.