Indigenous Music: Samian’s 6 Favorites

Rapper and actor Samian is at the helm of Minotan!the very first radio show devoted entirely to Indigenous music on ICI Musique.

Thanks to the show, whose title means “who likes what he or she hears, who likes how it sounds” in the Ojibwe language, the host promises to make people discover (or rediscover) the rich repertoires of artists navigating on multiple waters ranging from rap to rock, through pop, country, electro and folk.

A new role which, without a doubt, amazes him. “I love it because every week I discover artists. I am like a child! Every time I make playlistsI buzz: “Oh, oh, what is that?”, “Ayoye, it’s really good!”, confides to us in an interview the interpreter of Jean-Charles Dumont in the TV series For you Flora.

“And it’s not the quality that is lacking, adds the music lover. Each of the songs from Minotan! is of a quality that has nothing to envy to anyone. You would swear that songs were recorded in Memphis or Nashville with the greatest directors, the sound quality is so impressive.

Already, he happily collects testimonials from people who have discovered artists. “Maybe without a Minotan!, we would never have heard them. I think it helps to open up our musical horizons. We are there, in Quebec, ”says the headliner of the film The Inhuman.

Here are six essential First Peoples artists in Samian’s life.

The Scrapbook Power in the Blood by Buffy Sainte-Marie, released in 2015, won the Polaris Prize, which recognizes the best in Canadian music. Image: True North Records

A pioneer: Buffy Sainte-Marie

“Buffy Sainte-Marie, without hesitation. He’s the artist with the most balls in the aboriginal community. She was the first. Me, I was presented as a militant, committed artist, but Buffy Sainte-Marie did better in the 60s and 70s. She went on stage being extremely committed. She was the first to talk about the absurdity of the Indian Act, to claim the rights of First Nations. It is important to know that it was a woman who opened this path. And that’s why she will always be the greatest of all time. »

His vigorous folk-rock album Power in the Bloodreleased in 2015, won the singer-songwriter the Polaris Prize, which celebrates the best in Canadian music.

A revelation in all categories: Fawn Wood

“Fawn Wood, my discovery of the year. She’s not on her first albums, but I discovered one of her songs while dancing with my granddaughter, and it’s here to stay. I was doing a story for Instagram, and there was in my suggestions Fawn Wood and her song Remember Me. It was a stroke of heart, an immense discovery. She is in the traditional, she has an amazing voice, it’s magnificent. The Albertan has five albums to her credit.

A newcomer: Matcitim

“His name is Tim Ruperthouse, but his artist name is Matcitim. He recently released an EP with Musique nomade. He is a friend of Pikogan. I did the 400 shots with this guy. It’s funny because he had written to me to see if we could play his song on my show, and without even coordinating that, our director had already included it in our playlist. He really surprised me, he makes tunes in Algonquin, it’s really good, he’s one to watch.”

On his homonymous mini-album released last spring, the guitarist explores heavy rock sounds, influenced among others by System of a Down, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Megadeth.

A group: Redbone

“Redbone, the first Indigenous group to hit Billboard in the United States. Come and Get Your Love, people absolutely have to listen to this. with their first hithe entered the top 5 on the Billboard 100. Before these two native brothers left their band, they made music for Sonny and Cher, James Brown and Tina Turner. I had no idea! They founded the band in the United States in 69. I had heard this song in several film scores, without knowing that it was an indigenous group.

music video of the song So Much by Samian with Shauit, taken from the album Facing the music

A Quebec favourite: Shauit

“I have known Shauit for 15 years. We were doing shows together. I think he’s made his name, but there’s still a lot to be said about him. He remains my king of hearts in Quebec. He touches reggae, pop, dancehall, folk. It’s the kind of albums that make you take detours because you want to listen to tunes again. It is really good.”

Pioneers: Philippe McKenzie and Willie Dunn

“Philippe McKenzie is the co-founder of the Innu Nikamu Festival in Maliotenam, [qui existe] for 38 years. He paved the way for groups like Kashtin, for a generation of Innu musicians that we know today.” The singer-songwriter is an icon: he is indeed considered the father of contemporary Innu music and a precursor of Aboriginal folk music.

“Willie Dunn is the Leonard Cohen of native music, one of the most beautiful voices. When you listen to Willie Dunn, you want to go road trip in an old Dodge Ram from the 60s, 70s. His music is colorful. They are the greatest of native music.”

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