May 26, 2021
Indie breakout Black Belt Eagle Scout, award-winning punk duo Sihasin, Brazil’s Indigenous rap star Kunumi MC, groundbreaking Mexican women’s group Mujeres del Viento Florido and more to perform.
Ottawa, ON, May 26, 2021 - The International Indigenous Music Summit reveals more performers for 2021 with showcases spotlighting Indigenous artists from around the world. The international showcases celebrate traditional and contemporary music in diverse musical genres from across Indigenous lands.
In partnership with Folk Alliance International, artists from the USA include Black Belt Eagle Scout, Byron Nicholai, Cary Morin, Def-i, Kalyn Fay, Kim Moberg, Sihasin and Thea Hopkins.
In partnership with Fluvial, Latina Productions, Futuro Libre and Uma Nota Latin American artists include AMAHIRO, Banda La Tribu, Brisa Flow, Arquesta Del SolSoul, Kunumi MC, Memnxi Kiwe, Mujeres del Viento Florido and Victor Cifuentes.
Artists from so-called Australia include Aodhan, CLOE TERARE, Kee'ahn, Matalja, Southeast Desert Metal and The Yorke Band.
In partnership with MTA from Sweden, The Sounds of Sápmi showcase artists include Sara Ajnnak, Sofia Jannok and Torgeir Vassvik.
“The Summit is an opportunity for us to strengthen our connections and share our common experiences as Indigenous peoples,” says ShoShona Kish, Executive and Artistic Director of the International Indigenous Music Summit. “These International Spotlights will honour and celebrate the voices, stories and traditional ancestral lands of Indigenous people from around the globe.”
Each showcase features live performances filmed from artists’ respective territories. The showcase performances are one aspect of this year’s virtual programming, which also includes the Giiwewizh series, 16 original mini docs directed by Sarain Fox. Further programming announcements to come.
The Summit will broadcast June 8-12 from traditional unceded Algonquin territory at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, ON.
About the International Indigenous Music Summit
The International Indigenous Music Summit (IIMS) is a unique annual gathering that amplifies Indigenous voices with a commitment to artists, knowledge keepers, and community builders, along with key invited allies and cultural innovators. Over five days Indigenous artists and the music industry come together to honour tradition and forge new paths, through curated musical showcases, networking activities, panels and ceremony.