T-Rhyme is one of the 35 artists from 4 countries featured at Winnipeg's Aboriginal Music Festival
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Aboriginal Music Festival a growing success in Winnipeg


Aboriginal Music Week is in full swing in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Now in its seventh year, this edition, will welcome 35 artist from 4 countries.

Maisey Rika is one of the indigenous artists from New Zealand

Some of the performers, in categories like urban, and electronic are people like rappers, Tall Paul, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, just south of the Canadian border, as well as more local acts, Hellnback, T-Rhyme, and singer Mariame, who has been described as the “Cree Rihanna”.  Along with mixtape masterer, Boogey the Beat, they will all be on-stage for Saturday’s closing show

Maisey Rika is an award-winning Maori singer/songwriter from New Zealand,  Her Te Reo Maori Language album, entitled ‘Whitiora’, debuted at #1 on the NZ Top 40 charts, making it the highest charting original Te Reo Maori album to date.  She is here, along with Tama Waipara,  and Benny Walker from Australia.

This year the venues will include stages and performances in some of the socio-economically challenged neighbourhoods in the city.

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One comment on “Aboriginal Music Festival a growing success in Winnipeg
  1. From the music I’ve experienced, listening to music on aptn/west, an informercial came, on about the world aboriginal music festival in Winnipeg, during the first week of September, 2015; I knew I had to go. I’ve been living in a world of sadness, spiritual pain, and physical pain; I knew this is where I had to be, maybe experience some healing, from a shaman and hear some incredible music. It sounded like a win win situation. I am a token white man in my adopted, extended,Cree family. My daughter has Cree blood in her veins an she wants to experience Cree culture. This is just the ticket to improve our relationship. I did not know what I was getting my self into, a divorce with a four year old boy, family violence, generations of family insist, alcoholism on my wife’s Black Irish side and on my stepson’s Dutch side and the wounds both physical and emotional from multigenerational abuse from all sides. This left me over my head and drowning. Especially when I find the incest happen in my own family, I wasn’t there to protect my young daughter. Horrible feelings of guilt, from not being their, when she needed me the most, to protect her, I was not their. This could be start, of our healing journey, together. Music is a very important component to the healing journey.