Over the last decade, there have been some very, very, very long overdue attempts at reconciliation with the First Nations and indigenous people of North America. There’s still a long, long way to go, of course, but at least the process has begun.
The treatment of indigenous peoples makes for ugly history. However, there are some positives, too. For example, we’ve been learning more about First Nations music and the role people who identify as Native Canadians and Americans have played in the world of rock. Some are full-fledged First Nations people. Others have at least some native blood.
A few are well-known while others have been hiding in plain sight. I think it’s time we go through some of their contributions to our music.
Songs on this program:
A Tribe Called Red, Stadium Pow Wow
Link Wray, Rumble
Robbie Robertson, Somewhere Down the Crazy River
Testament, Trail of Tears
Midnight Shine, Here I Am
Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq, You Got to Run
Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Warriors
Eric has this playlist for us.
The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:
- 102.1 The Edge/Toronto – Sunday night at 7
- Live 88-5/Ottawa
- 107.5 Dave-FM/Kitchener
- FM96/London – Sunday night at 7, Monday night at 11
- Power 97/Winnipeg (Sunday nights at 11)
- Rock 97.7/Grand Prairie – Sunday nights at 6.
- Sonic 102.9/Edmonton
- The Zone/Victoria
- The Fox/Vancouver
- Live 105/Halifax
- WAPS/WKTL The Summit/Arkon, Canton, Cleveland, Youngstown The show runs at 11 am Sunday. This, by the way, is a great option for American listeners who are prevented from listening to the show live because of geo-blocking,
We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor, Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.
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