Mob Bounce Reclaim Identity, Share Influence and Bring Healing in "Mob Medicine" Doc


Last month woke hip-hop duo Mob Bounce released "Mob Medicine," a short documentary about their journey in finding themselves and empowering native communities through their music.

“We started getting our ideas out and it’s like we just started created this whirlwind of thoughts which slowly turned into action and looking at us today, that’s become our healing tool,” Travis Adrian Hebert aka Heebz the Earthchild (Cree/Métis) says of Mob Bounce’s beginnings.

“What I feel about my lyrical content is that it’s the spirit materializing a message through me. Part of my intent with that is that it connects with other people," said Craig Frank Edes aka The Northwest Kid (Hungarian/Scottish/Irish and Gitxsan). "Being aware its like you understand your surroundings and the energy around you and you have the opportunity to create life.”

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Like many Indigenous youth, Travis and Craig grew up with a loss of their cultural identity, but discovered that hip-hop was the vehicle in which they were meant to share their experience and spread knowledge to others who have gone through similar experiences.

“I feel like our music is good for the youth and for the people who need healing in the sense that we bring terminology to that social awareness," says Craig. "Eventually there’s just layers and layers that will peel apart and it creates a lot of healing for the youth who had to experience a lot of the same things say me and Travis experienced in our communities."

Check out "Mob Medicine" below, directed by Media Creatorz Amanda Strong and Bracken Hanuse-Corlett:

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Stream Laura Ortman's Soundtrack for 'Gringo Trails', New Doc Film on Global Tourism


Acclaimed violinist and composer Laura Ortman provides the haunting and beautiful soundtrack for Gringo Trails, a new documentary exploring the impact of global tourism.

Brooklyn-based, White Mountain Apache musician and composer Laura Ortman explores new sonic terrain in her latest project: composing the original soundtrack music for Gringo Trails, a new documentary by Pegi Vail.

Vail, an anthropologist and Associate Director of the Center for Media, Culture, and History at NYU, made the film to examine the powerful globalizing force of increasing tourism worldwide.

Spanning South America, Africa and Asia, the tourist pathway known as the “gringo trail” has facilitated both life-altering adventures and the despoiling of many once virgin environments. The film follows stories along the trail to reveal the complex relationships between colliding cultures: host countries hungry for financial security and the tourists who provide it in their quest for authentic experiences.

Ortman's soundtrack beautifully combines violin, electric guitar, piano, vocals and casio, with additional drums and percussion by Jim Pugliese and Christine Bard, creating a haunting and evocative score to accompany what looks to be a riveting documentary.

Stream: Laura Ortman's - "Waves Awake"

Stream and download the full soundtrack on Bandcamp.

Watch the trailer for Gringo Trails

Gringo Trails Official Trailer from Pegi Vail on Vimeo.

Buffy Sainte-Marie Interviews on Democracy Now and CBC Radio


Gemini and Juno award-winning Cree singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie recently sat down with Democracy Now to talk about the origins of her love for music, her early family life, and her life as an activist. CBC Music documentary maker Philip Coulter also recently honored Sainte-Marie and her nearly 50 year-long career with a piece created from over 30 years of archived interviews with the singer, songwriter, visual artist and activist.

Originally from the Piapot Cree Indian reserve in the Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada, she was raised in Wakefield, Massachusetts, before being welcomed back to the Piapot Cree during a Pow Wow ceremony in 1964. During the course of her career, Buffy Sainte-Marie has received honorary Doctor of Laws and Letters degrees from a variety of reputable institutions such as the University of Regina in her home territory of Saskatchewan, and Emily Carr University and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, among others. In the last 48 years she has put out eighteen albums. Buffy Sainte-Marie has been covered by Donovan, Joe Cocker, Neil Diamond, Giovanni, Janis Joplin, Courtney Love and many others.

During these two interviews, Ms. Sainte-Marie recalls memories from the 1960's era of grassroots social movements, when she was just beginning her career as a traveling singer-songwriter. At that time, Ms. Sainte-Marie was traveling to cafes and campuses around North America, writing and performing songs that weren't typically found in mainstream music which, as she describes them, were "original to me, but an absorption and a reflection of what I was seeing on the streets and in college campuses."

It was a time when reactionary political activism in resistance to the Vietnam War and other political injustices had spread throughout student unions and subcultures across North America. Many artists had taken stances on political issues - John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Bob Dylan, and many others began using music to speak out against corruption and human rights violations being perpetrated by both foreign and domestic governments. On the show, Ms. Sainte-Marie performs her 1964 anthem Universal Soldier, a song portraying anti-war sentiment sewn through and through which speaks to the political climate at that time. "I wrote Universal Soldier in the basement of The Purple Onion coffee house in Toronto in the early sixties. It's about individual responsibility for war and how the old feudal thinking kills us all."

It is inspiring to hear Ms. Sainte-Marie speak of her convictions and her motivations for being onstage, as she tells Democracy Now that it was always the messaging in her music that she felt protected by and which gives her the confidence to be on stage. She describes her motivation for writing Now That The Buffalo Is Gone, a song written during the Seneca Nation's battle with the United States in its effort to build the Kinzu Dam, which would eventually flood their traditional territories and force hundreds of Seneca to relocate from 10,000 acres of land they had occupied under the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua. Ms. Sainte-Marie acknowledges the unbalanced and often biased perspectives offered by mainstream media as a motivating factor in writing the song, which speaks to the damage that misrepresentation can cause in relations between First Nations and surrounding national governments - a challenge which sounds all too familiar 50 years later.

This author has grown up hearing the songs of Buffy Sainte-Marie from the tops of kitchen tables in many family member's homes, and for that reason, it is an honor to present this article and these two interviews for RPM's readers. Enjoy.

Watch: Democracy Now's Full Length Interview with Buffy Sainte-Marie below:

In the course of creating the documentary Still This Love Goes On: The Songs of Buffy Sainte-Marie, Philip Coulter listened to literally hours and hours of the CBC Radio interviews the songwriter gave over the past 30 years. Coulter reacquainted himself with Sainte-Marie's body of work (eighteen albums since 1964) and had his own face-to-face interview with her in Calgary this past April.

To listen to Still This Love Goes On: The Songs of Buffy Sainte-Marie by Philip Coulter at CBC Music, click here.

RPM and Music is the Medicine


Last night, the documentary Music is the Medicine had its Canadian broadcast debut on APTN after the film successfully toured the festival circuit for the last six weeks. Here at RPM we were thrilled to see Music is the Medicine on the little screen, and celebrated it reaching viewers across Canada.

It's a great film with a great story - a slice of the life that Mohawk blues artist Derek Miller lives.

Because RPM's beginnings are thanks to this film, we've been proudly sharing Music is the Medicine content for the past two months. Last night's broadcast brings that thread of content to a close - but don't worry, we'll still be bringing you the latest and greatest on Derek as he is always up to something good.

Interested in more? Here's what RPM has shared during this time:

Music is the Medicine: The Derek Miller Story - a brief history on the origins of RPM and our ties to the film.

RPM at imagineNATIVE 2011 - RPM was in Toronto to present the world premiere of the film at the 2011 imagineNATIVE festival.

RPM Podcast #011: "Music is the Medicine" - an entire episode of the RPM podcast dedicated to the man himself, featuring an exclusive, in depth interview with Derek.

Rod Ruel Talks Music is the Medicine - another exclusive interview, this time with the film's producer Rod Ruel on his experience making the film.

We hope you enjoyed the film as much as we do!

Music, Film and the Revitalization of Indigenous Languages


Two new projects have come across the RPM radar that are part of the continuing, and growing, revitalization of Indigenous languages movement.

The Song Peoples Sessions is the first collaboration of its kind in Australia, bringing contemporary Indigenous musicians to learn traditional language and record music with song people from their own families.

The Age reports in New chapter for ancient songbook:

For Shellie Morris, a circle is now unbroken. Morris's grandmother was a child of the stolen generations and Morris was adopted by a white family in Sydney. She learnt opera singing before she began recording folk and rock ballads. Now she has recorded an album in the language of her grandmother backed by the traditional singing of Borroloola women. Morris says the project ''will affect my songwriting for the rest of my life.''


Morris spent three weeks learning Yanyuwa pronunciation and studying the traditional songs. Then with guidance from the song women, she wrote ballads that celebrate Yanyuwa stories, melodies and rhythms. Traditional singers overlay rhythms to produce hypnotic patterns not unlike those in Aboriginal painting

The result is a beautiful, layered and textured song. Listen to Shellie Morris'  Li-Anthawirriyarra:

Song People Sessions - Li-Anthawirriyarra by Song People Sessions

In the last 100 years, 600 Indigenous languages have been lost - a heartbreaking statistic from indpendant filmmaker Brian McDermott who is developing the documentary film Lost Words. Lost Words follows a group of Indigenous people working to save their endangered languages. It also shares the story of the government's push to eradicate Indigenous language and the related traumas suffered, and still affecting, Indigenous people today.

"If you don't have a language, then who are you?" asks Conrad Fisher in the Lost Words trailer.

Lost Words Trailer from Brian McDermott on Vimeo.

Brian is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to complete the film. Contribute to the Lost Words campaign here.


Bring Your Drum: Radio Documentary Explores 50 Years of Indigenous Protest Music


Writer, poet, radio broadcaster, and artist Janet Rogers has produced a new radio documentary exploring the sounds of Indigenous protest music that aired on CBC Radio's Inside the Music.

A Mohawk from Six Nations, Janet is entrenched in Indigenous music culture.

Her weekly Indigenous music radio show "Native Waves" airs on CFUV in Victoria, she's a regular columnist for BC Musician Magazine and her own work encompasses all media as a writer, performer and visual artist.

Her new radio documentary, Bring Your Drum, features an incredlibe lineup of interviews with:

John Trudell Alanis Obomsawin Taiaiake Alfred Brian Wright McLeod George Leach Elaine Bomberry Murray Porter Swil Kanim Savage Family

And protest songs by:

Floyd Redcrow Westerman Buffy Sainte Marie Peter Lafarge Willie Dunn Tru Rez Crew 7th Fire Sherri Maracle Lucie Idlout

The documentary aired July 3, 2011 on CBC Radio 2 - Inside the Music.

Listen to the full audio of the broadcast: Bring Your Drum [AUDIO]