Hayley Wallis in our Spotlight Interview (Pop)

Welcome to Indigenous in Music with Larry K, this week we welcome from Vancouver, British Columbia. Singer, songwriter, Hayley Wallis is on deck.  She’s been enjoying success with the release of her videos and now she has a new album is out entitled “Halulu.”  Hayley is featured in our current issue of the SAY Magazine, visit us on our new website at www.indigenousinmusic.com to read all about her. 

Featuring music from Hayley Wallis, HK Higher Knowledge, Alexis Lynn, Chantil Dukart, Stolen Identity, Brule, John Paul Hodge, Mark Grant, Pamyua, Latin Vibe, Melody McArthur, Rayos Laser, Daniela Spalla, Dj Shub, Joey Stylez, Carsen Gray, The Northstars, Graeme Jonez, Frikstailers, Elastic Bond, Caleigh Cardinal, Jace Martin, 1915, Shon Denay, Big Skoon, Raye Zaragoza, Dan Linitie, Gator Beaulieu, Def-I, DJ OHM, Ailaika, Thiaguinho, Low Budget Rock Star, Rhonda Head and much much more. 

Look around our site to find out all about us and our programs and visit our SAY Magazine Library with all our featured guests.






The rich textured tone of singer songwriter Hayley Wallis’ voice has an unmistakable confidence that is immediately recognizable. Hayley delivers a powerful emotional performance that evokes a response as dynamic as her vocal range. She is part of the Kitasoo/Xais’xais Nation, originally from Klemtu, a small isolated island located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. Hayley is well on her way to breaking into the scene with her debut single coffee cup, a relatable soulful pop anthem about mental health and reaching out for help. 

She began her musical journey at a young age, singing for her family and community, and credits their support for developing the passion she now has. Moving from her home in pursuit of her artistic aspirations, she now resides in Vancouver, BC, balancing work life and family life as a young mother while steadily focused on her musical goals. Hayley has amassed tens of thousands of views on her YouTube cover videos and has worked hard to refine her original songs to release on major platforms. She is working on her highly anticipated EP set for release in spring 2022.

Hayley is passionate about leaving a strong legacy and paving a path along her way. She sings for herself, for her children and for her people and hopes to set an example that will empower the young generation of her community to pursue their dreams. 

Hayley Wallis on Indigenous in Music with Larry K

2023 Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards

June 6th, 2023
LIVE @ The National Arts Centre, Ottawa

2 International Categories  – 13 Self-Nomination Categories – 1 Legacy Award

Featuring live performances by:

Joel Wood



Indian City

Andrea Menard

Hosted by:

Sarain Fox

Tickets on Sale NOW!

Awards Show: $20

VIP Tickets: $75 

(Includes best seats in the house, pre-show reception
and a special sneak peak performance. More info below.)


VIP Ticket Holders Get Access to:

VIP Performance by Aysanabee

Catch a sneak peak of Aysanabee, a talented Oji-Cree leading the SSIMAs with 6 nominations.

VIP Pre-Show Reception

NDN Taco Station

Corn meal dusted white fish tacos, with crispy shallots, corn and black bean salsa, sweetgrass and chili remoulade, julienned lettuce.

Chef Station 

  • Lightly smoked bison tataki w/ gingerroot & birch glaze
  • Cured Arctic Char on spiced bannock w/ pickled fiddlehead greens 
  • Wild rice & corn fritters w/ cranberry jam
  •  Forest mushroom panisse w/ blistered cherry tomato & shallot relish


  • Sweetgrass and Strawberry Water (Chilled)
  • Blueberry Labrador Iced Tea (Chilled)
  • Non Alcoholic Sparkling Wine
About Chef Chris

Mohawk Chef Chris Commandant, originally from the Wahta Haudenosaunee community, is a graduate from Le Cordon Bleu Paris and owner of Otsenha Indigenous Culinary Solutions, bringing three decades of industry experience. Commandant served as the coordinator for Algonquin College’s Indigenous Cook Pre-Apprenticeship Program and actively supports the Ottawa Carleton District School Board with Indigenous food education development. As an Indigenous Food Knowledge Keeper, Commandant is especially passionate about sharing the history and values passed onto him from his ancestors with Indigenous community members and allies.


Digging RootsNamed 2023 Recipient of theAllan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award

Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce Raven Kanatakta and Sho-Shona Kish of Digging Roots will receive the 2023 CMW Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award during a special presentation at the Westin Harbour Castle on June 10, in recognition of their longstanding commitment to charitable initiatives. The CMW Allan Slaight Humanitarian Award is presented annually to a Canadian artist, duo or group, in recognition of their social activism and benevolent support of humanitarian interests and causes. As recipient of this Award, The Slaight Family Foundation will make a sizable donation towards a charity of Digging Roots choosing.
Digging Roots are a living example of community. The music that Raven and Sho-Shona create is grounded in the spirit of home and that is evident in all they give back as their star continues to rise,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of the Slaight Family Foundation. “My father Allan was a champion of the arts and we are proud to carry on his legacy by celebrating generous and thoughtful work by admirable artists like Digging Roots.”
As part of Canadian Music Week, two-time JUNO Award winner Digging Roots will also host the Canadian Live Music Industry Awards on June 9 at the Westin Harbour Castle. Digging Roots are also nominated for two Jim Beam® INDIES for Group or Duo of the Year and Indigenous Artist/Group or Duo of the Year.

The husband and wife team Raven Kanatakta and Sho-Shona Kish of Digging Roots are Anishinabek and Onkwehón:we musicians, songwriters, and activists who have traveled around the world spreading conscious music that speaks to the modern identity of being Indigenous people in Canada. They connect the past to the present with an understanding of history, Indigenous knowledge, and music. Since the inception of Digging Roots, Raven and Sho-Shona have supported many, many grassroots and cultural events in the advocacy of Indigenous Rights. Their last philanthropic organized performance before the pandemic was a collaboration to present We Are The Stronghold: Music, Ceremony & Celebration in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en, where they raised over $30,000. Over the years they’ve conducted music workshops with children in isolated reserves with a focus on identity, empowerment, history, colonialism, and creativity. They’ve also gifted instruments like drums, guitars, harmonicas, and amplifiers to Indigenous children.
As recipients for the Humanitarian Award they would acquire Ground Penetrating Radar machines that will be donated to a national organization to be made available to First Nation communities to survey and find children who have been murdered in their traditional territories when mandated Residential Schools operated across Canada. To date, the bodies of 10,000 young people have been discovered in unmarked graves.
Raven and Sho-Shona are the first generation in their family to not forcibly attend Residential Schools. Their sons, Skye and Wawaasnode, are their family’s first generation to be raised completely without the direct influence of clergymen and clergywomen.  Through Digging Roots, Raven and Sho-Shona have been publicly engaging audiences from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Penticton, BC, on this subject matter through songs like ‘Cut My Hair’ and ’Sweetwater’. Raven notes that “We are in a time of reconciliation, we need to move our allied discussions from conversation to action, and that means we need co-conspirators to get the healing process started. It’s time to learn from the past so we don’t repeat the injustices of yesteryear. The only way forward is to face the truth of this country and implement solutions for peace.”
The healing process of Canada needs to begin with people; with people who have connected their minds to their hearts. Raven and Sho-Shona have utilized music as a voice for justice, peace, inspiration, empathy, and dance. You’ll always find Digging Roots singing Song Lines with the Round Dance beat of their own drum in cities, to the end of the road on the Rez.
For someone who grew up in Canada, it is hard to believe we were not taught about the abhorrent atrocities going on in this country for generations,” said Neill Dixon, President of Canadian Music Week. “In 2021, Raven Kanatakta shared a striking story of how his grandmother would say “Shame on you, Canada.”, and this has stuck with us. It is through the work of Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award recipients like Digging Roots and the late Gord Downie that the truth comes to the surface in new ways through music and conversation.”

Each year, Slaight Communications and Canadian Music Week awards an outstanding Canadian artist, in recognition of their contribution to social activism and support of humanitarian causes. Previous CMW Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award recipients include Abel “The Weeknd’ Tesfaye, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gord Downie, Arcade Fire, RUSH, Sarah McLachlan, Chantal Kreviazuk & Raine Maida, Simple Plan, Bruce Cockburn, Bryan Adams and Nelly Furtado. 
A pioneer of rock and roll, Allan parlayed his entrepreneurial flair with his knowledge of radio to create Canada’s largest privately owned multi-media company, Standard Broadcasting Corporation Limited. An inductee into the Broadcast Hall of Fame (1997), the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Commerce from Ryerson Polytechnic University (2000), appointed a Member of the Order of Canada (2001), the recipient of the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award (2005) for his contribution to the growth and development of the Canadian music industry, Allan has also maintained a lifelong interest in conjuring.

The Slaight Family Foundation was established in 2008 by John Allan Slaight.  Allan Slaight (1931-2021), known as Canada’s broadcast pioneer, was a leader in the music industry and a prominent Canadian philanthropist. Through his generosity, the Foundation proactively supports charitable initiatives in the areas of healthcare, at-risk youth, international development, social services and culture. The foundation is overseen by Allan’s son, Gary Slaight, President & CEO, The Slaight Family Foundation.
ABOUT CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK: Now in its 41st year, Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining multifaceted information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; awards shows and the nation’s largest new music festival. All conference functions occur at The Westin Harbour Castle at 1 Harbour Square in Toronto.


Media Contact: Damien Nelson, [email protected]
Digging Roots Contact: CultureCap Artists, Keely Kemp, [email protected]

Dan Linitie (Hip Hop, Reggae)

Welcome to Indigenous in Music with Larry K, this week we welcome from Quebec, Canada, Indigenous Rapper, Dan Linitie is in our house. He has just released his 3rd album is out entitled “Tome III: L’accomplissemt.” A nice fusion mix of Hip hop and Reggae. Read all about his and hear his music on our website at www.indigenousinmusicandarts.org/past-shows/dan-linitie. Enjoy music from Dan Linitie, STOik, Jak’kota, Plex, Drezus, Solju, Hayley Wallis, Angel Baribeau, QVLN, 1915, Old Soul Rebel, Latin Vibe, Dan L’initie, Graeme Jonez, Aysanabee, Low Budget Rock Star, Carsen Gray, Samantha Crain,Thunderhand Joe and the Medicine Show, Redbone, Morgan Toney, Emma Stevens, Esther Pennell, Indian City, Shon Denay, Aocelyn, Shauna Seeteenak, Alexis Lynn, Brandis Knudsen, G Precious, Alan Syliboy & The Thundermakers, NORTHBOUND51, The City Lines, Isaac Murdoch, Matt Epp and much much more.

Look around our site to find out all about us and our programs and visit our SAY Magazine Library with all our featured guests.





Dan L’Initié is a conscious rapper in search of spiritual evolution and universal truths. Of Wendat origin, he began rapping at the age of 16 and very quickly discovered a deep passion for writing and music. It is in 2014 that the adventure begins. He will be invited on the TV set of TAM 3 and TAM 4. He will also be selected by Musique nomade for the shooting of his video clip “Hymnes à la vie” and he will be the subject of several interviews on the radio waves to explain his musical and literary approach. In July 2015, he will release his album “Porteurs de Messages” composed of 21 songs and a professional DVD of the show he gave at the Pow-Wow in Wendake, in 2014.

He will be back with a vengeance in 2016 announcing a three-volume concept of seven songs each where he will step out of his comfort zone and clichés. The first, Volume 1: Renaissance, released in September 2017 on all platforms. The second: The Experience which was released in the spring of 2021 and the last, Tome 3 which is currently being created and will be the finale of a 21 song project about the soul’s journey in the physical world.


Alexis Lynn in our Spotlight Interview (Pop)

Welcome to Indigenous in Music with Larry K. This week we welcome from Surrey, British Columbia. Singer, songwriter and storyteller, Alexis Lynn is in the house. Her new album is out entitled “Real Talk.” She’s brings us a nice mix of up-tempo dance-floor bop.

Enjoy music from Alexis Lynn, Chantil Dukart, Khu.eex, Qacung, Airjazz, Elastic Bond, Mike Paul, Jimmy Lee Young, Thunderhand Joe and the Medicine Show, Latin Vibe, Stolen Identity, Nancy Sanchez, Shauit, Yves Lambert, Graeme Jonez, Centavrvs, Aysanabee, Dan Linitie, Campo, Locos Por Juana, Redbone, Midnight Sparrows, NORTHBOUND51, Tracy Lee Nelson, Blue Mountain Tribe, Aterciopleados, Bomba Estero, Joey Stylez, Carsen Gray, Kelly Fraser, Melody McArthur, Jahkota and much much more.

Look around our site to find out all about us and our programs and visit our SAY Magazine Library with all our featured guests.





Alexis Lynn’s fans know that ultra-catchy hooks and radio-ready production are a given; the stories she’s telling with them though, just might surprise you.  Alexis Lynn is a singer-songwriter from Surrey, British Columbia and she has an ambitious year ahead of her. A captivating performer with a honeyed vocal tone and an edge underneath it, Alexis crafts deceptively sweet pop anthems that never shy away from her ethos of honesty and empowerment. Inspired by the worlds of hip-hop and R&B, her music radiates confidence and examines our insecurities in equal measure. With an ambitious year ahead of her, 

Growing up outside of Vancouver, Alexis Lynn knew from her earliest days that she wanted to be a singer. It was when she took up songwriting as a teen that she knew she was destined to be an artist. Having always loved writing, Alexis found that speaking her truths through music came naturally, and her family roots in Canada’s First Nations further inspired her commitment to storytelling and her belief in the importance of sharing our life experiences. With unapologetic greats like Amy Winehouse and Rihanna as guiding influences, Alexis developed a raw style of songwriting that belies her sweet demeanor, confident in tackling any topic that she feels passionate about. An unabashed feminist and an advocate for mental health awareness, Alexis writes songs that cut the small talk, helping people of all stripes to feel heard in their struggles and inspiring listeners to know their own worth and to never settle. And with a work ethic like hers, settling isn’t on the table for Alexis Lynn: with a hand in the whole creative process, from art design to music video editing, Alexis has the drive and artistic clarity to make her aspirations a reality.

Entering 2021, those aspirations are big. Alexis Lynn’s impressive streak of recent singles has shown off her vocal chops and aesthetic range, running the gamut from the dance music-inflected “Ghosts” (a bare, anthemic meditation on vulnerability and insecurity) to the club-friendly buoyancy of “Bubble” (a flirtatious trap-pop bop about emotional availability). Writing and recording prolifically despite the pandemic, Alexis plans to go deeper than ever on her next project: a multifaceted exploration of mental health and its effects on our lives and relationships that promises to be her most personal work yet. And though circumstances have kept her from the communal energy of live performance, Alexis Lynn’s uplifting, affirming music might be the perfect balm for the interim; in an era defined by distance, what could be better than songs that make us feel a little less alone?

Graeme Jonez in our Spotlight Interview (Folk, Rock)

Welcome to Indigenous in Music with Larry K, today we welcome from Toronto, Canada, Graeme Jonez will be stepping into our Spotlight. Singer, Songwriter and Story Teller. He has just released his debut album is out entitled “Creatures & Criminals.” Read all about Graeme on our music page at www.IndigenousinMusic.com/graeme-jonez-interview.

Also enjoy 2 hours of our Indigenous tunes featuring Graeme Jonez, Samantha Crain, Aysanabee, Bajofondo, The Halluci Nation, Chippewa Travellers, Robert Mirabal, Martha Rebone, Hayley Wallis, Latin Vibe, Sinuupa, Soda Stereo, Brule, Def-i, Marie Font, Richie Ledreagle, Dan L’initié, Bomba Estereo, Gary Small & the Coyote Bros, Teagan Littlechief, Tracy Bone, Joey Pringle, Seneca Shaganappi, Mike Bern, Alexis Lynn, Chantil Dukart, Matcitim, Ozomatli, QVLN, Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Janel Munoa, Low Budget Rock Star and much much more.

Look around our site to find out all about us and our programs and visit our SAY Magazine Library with all our featured guests.



Tribal affiliation: Member of Sheguiandah Ojibway First Nation

Ojibway musician Graeme Jonez is a storyteller. His latest release, the full-length album
Creatures & Criminals, illustrates this in a most vibrant way. A collection of 13 songs written over the span of more than a decade, Creatures & Criminals was released in March 2023 as the first widely-distributed album by this Toronto-based singer-songwriter.

Jonez, an alumni of Manitoba Music’s prestigious Indigenous Music Residency, first gained recognition
when his 2006 track “Black Magic Goldmine” was featured on the 2009 compilation album Dig Your Roots: Aboriginal alongside powerhouse Indigenous artists like Tanya Tagaq, Leela Gilday and Digging Roots. His return to the scene commenced in 2021 when the decision was made to release a new album—his first in a decade.

The veteran songsmith refers to his songs as “folk music,” but that’s far from an accurate holistic description of Creatures & Criminals. Sure, there’s a traditional singer-songwriter foundation and an mericana tinge to the album, but the overall sound is way more indie rock than trad folk. Jonez doesn’t stray far from his acoustic guitar and harmonica, but you’ll also find various electric guitars, drums, keyboards and a myriad of other instruments handpicked to flavor Jonez’s compositions. You’ll even find hints of his ‘60s influences throughout the album.

But really, Jonez is a storyteller at heart, and his lyricism is what makes Creatures & Criminals a truly unique record. He’s been honing his songwriting craft for more than two decades, drawing particular inspiration from dark folk, murder ballads and Delta blues music.

“I call a lot of the songs on this album ‘dark fiction,’” says Jonez. “These are just imaginary tales that I made rhyme and then put to song. Most of the tales are fictional but, as with much of the music that influences me, there’s always a serious underlying message or theme in the lyrics.”

Case in point: The lead single, “100 Days Deep,” depicts a zombie apocalypse that’s actually a metaphor for the colonization of Turtle Island. On “It’s A Cold, Cold Place,” Jonez writes of home as a harsh environment rather than a welcoming one. Meanwhile, “The Flood!” creates a sense of hysteria in a tale about New York City being flooded from the effects of climate change. A member of the Sheguiandah Ojibway First Nation on Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Jonez’s Ojibway heritage frequently informs his songwriting, as evidenced on “Draggin’ The Same Dead Deer Up The Same Ol’ Hill,” “Trickster, Wolfman & The Motorcycle,” and the album’s prolific closer, “Valley People.” That song’s final verse concludes with the words, “They will never take our mothers, and they will never take our daughters / Because our spirit’s in the land, and our souls are in the water.” ​

The task of taking Jonez’s crafty compositions to the next level was up to Toronto-based producer Derek Downham and engineer Tim Foy at Toronto’s The Nelson Room studio. The musical backdrop—lush and yet somehow perfectly sparse at the same time—creates the perfect soundscape for Jonez’s illustrative fables. The final production has been called atmospheric and cinematic. Jonez is adamant about thanking the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council for supporting the creation of Creatures & Criminals. It was only through this vital government funding that Jonez was able to execute such an elaborate piece of work.

“The support of these organizations is literally the only way I could have made this album,” admits Jonez. “I make it a point to encourage Indigenous artists to research and apply for grants, bursaries and awards that are available in their area. It could honestly take your work to that next level you didn’t think was possible.”

Jonez is excited for the future. Once the promotional work on Creatures & Criminals tapers off, he’s got a bucket of new songs, melodies and ideas to shape into the next album. Do yourself a favour and go listen to Creatures & Criminals via most streaming platforms or by visiting graemejonez.ca.

Graeme Jones on Indigenous in Music with Larry K

The nominations are in…

We’re thrilled to announce the nominees for the 2023 Arctic Music Awards. The awards recognizes outstanding achievements in music for artists based in the Arctic. The winners will be determined by popular votes and announced at the Arctic Music Conference on March 25.

🏆 Click HERE to vote!
Deadline: March 22, 2023

🎟️ Get Conference Tickets HERE (it’s free)
Dates: March 24-25, 2023
(Click HERE for more information.)Artist of the Year:

Group of the Year:

Indigenous Artist/Group of the Year:

Single of the Year:

Album of the Year:

Music Video of the Year:

We congratulate all the nominees on their exceptional work and dedication, and wish them the best of luck!

 🏆 Click HERE to vote!
Deadline: March 22, 2023

🎟️ Get Conference Tickets HERE (it’s free)
Dates: March 24-25, 2023
(Click HERE for more information.)

Performers, speakers, and panelists will be announced on March 16, 2023.
For PR, bookings, or more information, please contact: [email protected]

The events were made possible with support from Hitmakerz, Nunavut Music, and the Government of Nunavut. We also acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR and Canada’s private radio broadcasters.

About Hitmakerz
Founded in 2016, Hitmakerz is a full-service record label based in Nunavut. Specializing in creating world-class Inuit and Indigenous music, Hitmakerz has studios in Iqaluit, Ottawa, and Toronto. A social enterprise, their mission is to create viable careers in the arts for Inuit and Indigenous artists through music, media, and education, as well as to empower artists to share their stories and strengthen their culture. For more information, go to hitmakerz.com

DDAT Featured in the New York Times

“By mining traditional Navajo “spinning songs” of love, healing and courtship, and marrying them to jazz and funk lines, Anderson and his trio have taken a place at the forefront of a vibrant Native American jazz scene.”

The trumpeter’s trio takes inspiration from traditional Navajo songs. Its work has stirred up global interest, as well as conversations about the responsibilities of Indigenous artists.

Read Full Article Here

DDAT wants to thank everyone for subscribing to their page! We wanted to say hello from South Dakota’s Crazy Horse Memorial. DDAT just finished a show with the great Doc Native from the Seminole tribe of Florida. We have so many people and organizations to thank who have helped us with our journey to the New York Times!

We have been able to create such an organic team of individuals. Many of us met though local gigs. Later we all became friends. From time to time we still get together and make things happen. There’s nothing like having support from those who believe in you and have very special gifts. 

To the Crew:

Jude Candelaria – Sound Engineer 

Carlos Martinez – Graphics/Photos

Dakarai Williams – Office Management 

Maurice Johnson – Media

Gerardo Diaz – Tech/Video

Karen Ellsbury & Patrick Hazen – Support/Space Management

Mentors are such an important part of walking in the industry. We are so thankful for those who took the time and still do to this day to mentor and guide our ensemble through life, business and the arts. 

To our Mentors:

David Greenberg 

Ed Bourgeois

Gargi Shindé

Tim Wilson

Shane Cadman

Organizations have been such a huge help in completing our projects. Many of our grants and awards were to build a growing and sustainable art project. We are happy to announce all projects funded are continuing to grow and tour. 

Supportive Organizations:

Connie Gotsch Arts Foundation – supporting our community jazz jams and jazz festival in Farmington, NM.

South Arts – granting DDAT the Jazz Road Creative Residencies 2021 (Bureau of Land Management Tour) and Jazz Road Tour 2023 (Jacob C Morgan Tour). 

Mid Atlantic Arts – supporting our South Africa project and Kindred Spirits Album. USArtists International Award.

Lewis Prize for Music – supporting our Build A Band project fostering & nurturing young musicians in Farmington, NM. Think Tank Youth Program.

First Peoples Fund – supporting our Bureau of Land Management tour and Build A Band project. Cultural Capital Fellow 2023.

Chamber Music America – helping develop our regional jazz presenters consortium! Presenters Jazz Consortium 2021 & 2022. Shout out to Cortez Cultural Center, gallupARTS and Northwest New Mexico Arts Council. 

WESTAF – for the leaderships skills and mentorship. Emerging Leaders Program 2021.

We would like to thank those who have given us space to relax, think and create! All of our projects were built with the help of space, environment and funding.

To our Creative Residencies:

Caldera Arts

Willowtail Springs

Some Serious Business

Cortez Cultural Center 

Farmington Civic Center

Institute of American Indian Art – March 8 – April 20, 2023

Bureau of Land Management – August 2 – September 3, 2023

Hawaii Volcanoes National Monument – October 3 – 31, 2023


Kindred Spirits – A Navajo-South African Story

Diné & Zulu cultures cross collaborate to bring a performance/story about cultural hardship and the importance of Indigenous tribal Matriarch.

Grandma’s Song Release March 8, 2023 (International Women’s Day)

Kindred Spirits Album Releases April 1, 2023


South Africa Tour in conjunction with WOMAD

Sept. 21 – Oct. 2, 2023

Spirit Coalescent 

Eight (8ft x 4.4ft) canvases telling the story of how Indigenous peoples heal themselves through the landscapes. 2023 brings a new cast featuring Rena Priest (WA State Poet Laureate), Stephen Brown Dance Studio, the Delbert Anderson Trio and photo fusion artists Karen Ellsbury & Patrick Hazen. Multi-Media Presentation featuring art, music, dance and poetry.

Currently searching for Residency 

DDAT Suite

The Delbert Anderson Trio’s original compositions arranged for large group ensembles. Every new location, a new piece is composed by Franklin and the trio with the Indigenous tribes representing the lands in which we will be performing. We then premiere the piece with the large group. While the trio and Franklin are rehearsing during the week, we offer a numerous amount of workshops, community outreach and engagements. DDAT Suite has worked very well in the University setting. The project also helps connect many different departments with your performance space. 

DDAT Suite Opening New Oregon Theater (Stay updated for details) 

April 6, 2024 

Build A Band

Fosters and Nurtures young musicians in the fields of music business and artistic development. The Third Hour has been supported by the Lewis Prize of Music and First Peoples Fund. The will be doing a mentored 2023 tour with the Delbert Anderson Trio:

June 7 – Gallup, NM

June 8 – Santa Fe, NM

June 9 – Ignacio, CO

June 10 – Cortez, CO

June 11 – Farmington, NM

Painted Mountains

A partnership between the Delbert Anderson Trio and Bureau of Land Management. The Trio visits the BLM Artist in Residency locations and connects with the Indigenous tribes and compose pieces inspired by their culture and land environment. The project celebrates public land access and Indigenous cultures. 2022 consisted of 5 locations 5 performances, 5 workshops and 5 research days with the Indigenous tribes. This year, we will visit 13 sites:

Painted Mountains Tour 2023

Organ Mountains Desert Peaks, Las Cruces, NM – Aug. 2 & 3

El Malpais NCA (Rio Puerco), Grants, NM – Aug. 4 & 5

Canyon of the Ancients, Delores, CO – Aug. 7 & 8

Gunnison Gorge NCA, Montrose, CO – Aug. 9 & 10

Dominguez/Escalante NCA, Grand Junction, CO – Aug. 11 & 12

Canyon Country District, Moab, UT – Aug. 13 & 14

Basin and Range National Monument, Advent, NV – Aug. 16 & 17

California Trail Interpretive Center, Elko, NV – Aug. 18 & 19

Morley Snake River Birds of Prey, Boise, ID – Aug. 20 & 21

Lake Simsimtus, Warm Springs, OR – Aug. 23 & 24

King Range NCA, Shelter Cove, CA – Aug. 27 & 28

California Coastal NM at Trinidad, Trinidad, CA – Aug. 29 & 30

San Juan Islands NM, Lopez Island, WA – Sept. 2 & 3

Currently seeking partners, sponsorships and funding.

Naat’áanii Musical 

Naat’áanii struggles to whether to choose a traditional life or a modern society way of living. Through dance, Naat’áanii begins to find his true identity while going through many life trials. New Native Theatre is currently working with the musical. To be released 2024…

Currently searching for Residency 

The Jacob C. Morgan Project 

Jacob C. Morgan was a Diné trumpet player who was born in Crownpoint, NM (1879) and died in Farmington, NM (1950). The project is mainly an ongoing research project to expose the history of a Diné historical figure. During our research, we were able to find music of Indigenous bands who came our of the Indigenous Boarding School systems. These songs were arranged in the trio’s way of performance. South Arts supported these efforts and awarded us with the jazz road touring grant which will follow Jacob’s locations according to his milestones in life. During the tour, we will have a brief presentation about  Jacob C. Morgan and his important contribution to today’s living.

Jacob’s Tour 2023

May 30 – Crownpoint, NM

May 31 – Gallup, NM

June 1 – Ft. Defiance, AZ

June 2 – Ignacio, CO

June 3 – Cortez, CO

June 4 – Farmington, NM

Searching for funding to help create statue in Farmington, NM

Delbert Anderson Trio

The Delbert Anderson Trio allows improvised sounds of the Diné circle to resurface with jazz, funk and hip-hop. The trio brings all venues back to the social tornado of Diné Spinning songs. Spinning Songs were composed to teach all people stories and traditions of the past, present and future. The trio researched Diné melodies of the past for inspiration, perform our stories for today and preserve cultural music for the future.  

Hózhó (Beauty & Balance) formed the trio by combining different personal identities and cultural backgrounds. K’é (Family Values) keeps the trio together as one unit practicing the values of love, compassion, kindness, friendliness, generosity and peacefulness.  

Upcoming DDAT shows:

April 8 – Stanford Live, Stanford, CA

April 15 – IAIA Presentation Event, Santa Fe, NM

May 15 – Spokane Fall Community College, Spokane, WA

May 19 – Edmonds Center for the Arts, Edmonds, WA

May 20 – Center for the Arts at Kayenta, Kayenta, UT

May 21 – Boulder Arts Council, Boulder, UT

May 27 – Riverfest, Farmington, NM

June 30 – Jazz in the Gardens, D.C.

July 12 – Green Box Arts, Green Mountain Falls, CO

July 14/15 – California Worldfest, Grass Valley, CA

July 21 – OKC Levitt Amp, Clifton, OK

November 3/4 – Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, CO

November 11 – Clovis Community College, Clovis, NM

(For booking, please contact [email protected] or andre@indigenousperformance.org)

Press: Delbert Anderson (505)-478-7004 

Thank you for all your support!

Please check out other projects:

Anderson’s Don Cherry Project

Julia Keefe Indigenous Big Band

Welcome to Indian Country



with Bran Van 3000, The Brooks and Lydia Képinski

Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal), January 31, 2023 – Hello, kuei (innu-aimun), kweih (crie), kwei (atikamekw), boozhoo (anishinabé), kwaï (w8banaki), pusu’l (micmaque), kwehkwe (kanien’ke’ha), waachiyaa (naskapi), ai (inuktitut), ndio (wendat), ‘qey (wolastoqey) ! 

On February 17TELUS and the Grand Théâtre de Québec will present the Soirée Telus+, featuring AnachnidLydia KépinskiThe Brooks and Bran Van 3000, hosted by Pierre-Yves Lord. As part of the third year of its 10-year agreement with the Grand Théâtre de Québec, TELUS will donate $10 to Musique Nomade for each ticket reserved, which will allow the organization to continue to work towards the development and recognition of the musical talents of Indigenous artists. 

“This show is clearly in keeping with the spirit of the partnership between TELUS and the Grand Théâtre, which aims to promote the performing arts and enhance the programming through innovative projects,” said Christian Noël, director of programming at the Grand Théâtre de Québec. In addition to enjoying the performances of high-level artists, the audience will have the opportunity to live a unique experience during this magnificent evening.” 

“MN is pleased and honoured to have the support of TELUS for its show at the Grand Théâtre de Québec. This support will help us in our activities that contribute to the development and recognition of Indigenous talents and identities in music,” said Joëlle Robillard, Executive and Artistic Director, Musique Nomade. Thank you to all music lovers who will purchase a ticket and for whom musical passion will be synonymous with support for Indigenous artists.”

To purchase your tickets for the Soirée TELUS+ at the Grand Theatre, visit soireetelusplus.ca. Clients who are members of the PRIMO benefits program are entitled to a pair of free tickets. More information is available here.



Director : Adien Villagomez


Ishkōdé Records and CCS Rights Management Announce Music Publishing Joint Venture

Toronto, Ontario (February 9, 2023) – Ishkōdé Records, an Indigenous and women-owned label dedicated to amplifying and advocating for Indigenous artists, songs, and stories in the commercial landscape, has entered into a joint venture to launch their publishing arm with CCS Rights Management, a leading global independent music publishing, rights administration, and creative services company.

The CCS team will supply administrative support and expertise through their worldwide network and creative support for any signings identified by Ishkōdé through songwriting opportunities, synchronization placements, song camps, co-writes, and more.

Led by Anishinaabekwe artist and activist ShoShona Kish (of the group Digging Roots) and Métis community organizer and solo artist Amanda Rheaume, Ishkōdé Records approaches independent label operations through the lens of female artist entrepreneurship and long-standing industry experience, from a culturally rooted foundation.

Ishkōdé Records is celebrating its two recent Juno Awards nominations in the Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year, for Aysanabee’s Watin and Digging Roots’ Zhawenim. The label roster also includes Rheaume and Morgan Toney, a Mi’kmaq singer-songwriter and fiddler from Wagmatcook First Nation, in what is commonly known as Nova Scotia.

“Our team is thrilled to be working with CCS as we continue to grow the Ishkōdé Records family,” said ShoShona Kish, Ishkode Records Co-Founder and President. “The team at CCS has established themselves in the music industry, not just on Turtle Island, but globally. We are excited to see what this joint venture will bring and what our combined passions and talents can accomplish to amplify and elevate the brilliant and critical work of Indigenous songwriters.”

“We could not be more grateful and excited about this joint venture with Ishkōde Records,” said Jodie Ferneyhough, CCS Founder and President. “The company that ShoShona and Amanda have built is incredibly unique and important, and we look forward to working with them more as they expand the Ishkōde mission into music publishing.”


About Ishkōdé Records

Ishkōdé Records is an Indigenous and women-owned label created to foster and amplify Indigenous voices. Led by the artists, organizers, and activists Anishinaabekwe ShoShona Kish (of the group Digging Roots) and Métis singer-songwriter Amanda Rheaume, Ishkōdé approaches independent label operations through the lens of female artist entrepreneurship, long-standing industry experience, and cultural and ancestral processes. The word Ishkōdé means fire in Anishinaabemowin.

About CCS Rights Management

CCS Rights Management is a global independent music publishing and rights administration company providing a full range of services to its roster of award-winning, established, and up-and-coming songwriters, artists, musicians, producers, and labels, as well as global media and production companies, and corporate brands. The company manages more than 150,000 copyrights and specializes in publishing administration, royalty collection, creative services, neighbouring rights administration, and music licensing for film, TV advertising, games, and other media. For more information, visitccsrightsmanagement.com and daytrippersongs.com.

Follow on social media:

Ishkōdé Records: @ishkoderecords
CCS Rights Management: @CCSRights

Media Contacts:

Laurie Jakobsen 917.697.2274 / [email protected]
Casey DeArmon 678.622.2692 / [email protected]

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