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Al Jazeera English published this video item, entitled “How are young indigenous artists honouring their history? | The Stream” – below is their description.
In this episode of The Stream, we revisit live performances from some of the most respected indigenous musicians in the world today. We also catch up with Grammy-nominated Canadian-Colombian artist, Lido Pimienta.
Lido has gone from strength to strength since her appearance on The Stream in 2018, receiving a Grammy nomination in 2020 and delivering a stunning and creative virtual performance for the ceremony. Her latest album ‘Miss Colombia’ – a unique mix of Afro, Indigenous ,folk, punk and electronic music – has been widely acclaimed and sees Pimienta tackling themes including race, gender and slavery.
Soul singer Maimouna Youssef describes herself as a musical healer. Also known by the stage name Mumu Fresh, Youssef has bared her own soul while displaying the talents of a highly versatile singer, songwriter and rapper. In several independently released albums, she sings about experiences including single motherhood, black hair politics, and her identity as a Native American and African American woman.
The legacy of broken treaties, settler colonialism and Native American genocide are constant themes set to a hip-hop beat in the songs of Sicangu Lakota rapper Frank Waln. Born on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in rural South Dakota, Waln uses music as a way to call out historical wrongs and uplift American indigenous youth, many of whom struggle with poverty, violence, suicide, and inter-generational trauma.
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