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Indigenous music streaming platform puts focus on artists – Winnipeg Free Press

by ahnationtalk on October 29, 2019176 Views

It’s a remarkable — and profitable — time in Indigenous music.

For five years, Indigenous performers have won many of the major Canada’s music scene awards.

In 2014, Inuk singer Tanya Tagaq won the prestigious Polaris Music Prize — the first Indigenous musician to do so. Cree music icon Buffy Sainte-Marie won it in 2015, followed by Afro-Colombian/Wayuu artist Lido Pimienta in 2017, and Wolastoqiyik musician Jeremy Dutcher in 2018.

Indigenous hip-hop group A Tribe Called Red win a 2014 Juno award for breakthrough group of the year. In 2017, Tribe won album of the year at the Canadian Independent Music Awards, as well as video of the year at the Much Music Video Awards. They capped an incredible run by winning group of the year at the 2018 Junos.

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