Community News & Mentions
2b theatre company’s Klezmer/folk music theatrical hybrid Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story received rave reviews at its premiere in Halifax, Canada and has since been performed to great critical acclaim throughout Canada, in New York (where it garnered six Drama Desk Award Nominations) and Edinburgh, across the UK, in Australia and Holland.
Drummer and singer-songwriter Lindsay Beaver (July 6, 1:30 PM, tent), born in Nova Scotia and based in Austin, Texas, made her Alligator Records debut last year with Tough as Love, which alternates between driving blues and up-tempo rockabilly.
The ninth annual Galop Canal Bluegrass Festival in Iroquois Point saw nearly 1,000 people come out for two days of performances from eleven bluegrass bands from Canada and the United States. Among the headliners this year were Nova Scotia’s The Bluegrass Unit.
The band got its start playing big band music after graduating from the jazz studies program at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.
“You have to work with others, learn other disciplines, ask questions, always be ready to learn and be yourself. I’m not 17 anymore and not going to write music like I am – but I’m still learning and I surround myself with people that inspire me, some older, some younger, because all perspectives matter.”
Like most First Nations, the Mi'kmaq have an extensive collection of traditional songs and chants. Many of these have fallen into disuse, but the following are some common ones that are still sung frequently at a mawi'omi or during ceremonies. Where possible, translations are provided, but in many cases the songs consisted of "vocables," or spoken syllables that have no real meaning or translation. Many such vocables were intended to express emotion, rather than actual words.
The International Year of Indigenous Languages is a United Nations observance in 2019 that aims to raise awareness of the consequences of the endangerment of Indigenous languages across the world, with an aim to establish a link between language, development, peace, and reconciliation. To bring awareness to this important cause students at Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni, Cape Breton recorded Paul McCartney's Blackbird in their native Mi'kmaq language.
The Helen Creighton Folklore Society proudly announces the launch of - Sankofa Songs: A Legacy of Roots and Rhythm. Sankofa: a West African word from the Akan people meaning “to go back and get what was taken”. The term made its way to North America and scholars coin its meaning as, “remembering our past, to protect our future legacy!”
Source: African Nova Scotian Directory
Coming out of the innovative Book-in-a-Day event facilitated by the Global Afrikan Congress – Nova Scotia Chapter, R Is for Reparations invites readers to listen to the voices of young activists as they share their hopes and dreams about the global demand for redress, compensation and restitution for the horrors of the Atlantic Slave Trade.