For Iskwé, anger energizes the fight for social justice –

by ahnationtalk on July 12, 2018150 Views

July 11th, 2018

Although she works with sounds that are far removed from conventional notions of folk music, there’s a good reason why the Cree-Dene-Irish EDM producer and singer known as Iskwé is going to find herself at Jericho Beach Park this weekend: as folk performers have always done, she frequently concerns herself with the pressing issues of the day. And in this country, one of the most pressing issues is Canada’s shameful unwillingness to address the commonplace abduction, rape, and murder of Indigenous women and girls.

It’s not that she’s a sloganizer: although her hit “Nobody Knows” was inspired by the 2014 death of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine, of Manitoba’s Sagkeeng First Nation, its message is cloaked in a gospel-inflected melody and delivered atop a booming house beat. But the energy in Iskwé’s performance style, on record and on-stage, comes directly from the anger she feels about the thousands of miss­ing and murdered women whose killers have so far gone unpunished.

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