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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