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Duke Redbird’s new poem beckons the future – Anishinabek News

by ahnationtalk on November 19, 201994 Views

TORONTO— Anishinaabe poet Duke Redbird, from Saugeen First Nation, along with the multiple award-winning Indigenous duo, Twin Flames, are featured on Sultans of String’s new single, “The Power of the Land”, from the band’s upcoming 2020 album Refuge.

Recorded at the Jukasa Studios in the Six Nations of the Grand River, the collaboration is the happy result of Sultans of String bandleader Chris McKhool first hearing Redbird read The Power of the Land in 2017 at an event at Koerner Hall (Toronto’s Carnegie Hall).

Redbird outlined the history of the collaboration.

“Chris McKhool was in the audience and heard my poem and asked me if I wanted to put it to music. A couple years later he called me and we went from there,” he said. “We had an instrumental piece that seemed to need lyrics and that’s when I contacted Duke. I wondered about a way we could incorporate Duke’s poem on the album, so I experimented with it musically, and created a verse-chorus structure…I found the Twin Flames to do the harmonies, and the way we produced the piece as a total collaboration.”

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