Digging Roots

 
 
 

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Thursday Oct 19th,
Friday Oct 20th, 2017

Musical partners Raven and ShoShona are the creative team and inspiration behind Digging Roots. In creating music they utilize the traditional Anishinabek Song Lines composition technique of tracing melody and rhythm from the contours of the land. This traditional method of creating songs is paired with modern Eurocentric techniques of composition.


AK-47 “This song is very personal and emotional for us. Especially in the wake of the horrific gun violence this last week. ‘AK-47’ is about opening fire on hate, oppression and violence. Not with bullets and guns; but with the full force of love. This song is about peace and courage and the idea that its time to change the whole paradigm. Stop the violence, against each other, ourselves, against the land. There’s an Anishinaabe word in the chant at the end of the song that distills it all for me. 'Nizoogide’e'. It means “My heart is a stronghold.'”