kateri akiwenzie-damm
the nishin spoken word project

standing ground

featuring Te Kupu, Marcos Arcentales, Raven Kanatakta Polson-Lahache,
Joy Harjo, Koru, John Thorp, Rhys B & Luis Abanto

"Dazzling, enchanting and groovy,
standing ground is a masterpiece."
- Richard Van Camp, award-winning author, The Lesser Blessed

Twelve poems put to music by producers Dean Hapeta aka Te Kupu, of the award winning band Upper Hutt Posse (Aotearoa/NZ), Juno nominee Marcos Arcentales of Kanatan Aski (Ecuador/Canada) and Peter Watson aka Koru (Aotearoa/NZ), Raven Kanatakta Polson-Lahache (Canada), with musical performances from award winning poet and musician Joy Harjo of Joy Harjo and Poetic Justice (USA), John Thorp (USA), DJ Rhys B (Aotearoa/NZ) and Luis Abanto (Peru/Canada).

Held steady by the conscious lyrics of Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, one of Canada's best known Indigenous writers and the creative force and Executive Producer behind the project, standing ground is a unique offering heralding a new era of musical collaborations between Indigenous peoples. A new form of music blending Indigenous music and poetry with influences ranging from hip-hop to jazz, standing ground represents a contemporary musicality, aesthetic, and state of mind largely unknown outside of Indigenous communities.

Five years in the making, standing ground was recorded over two years in four countries. The instrumentation varies from acoustic Native drums, guitar & flutes, to programmed hip-hop beats, tribal trance, Andean, and live rock/blues/alternative. Vocals include spoken word, singing, chants, rap, and vocables. The poetry ranges from playful to hardcore but never strays from a solidly Anishnaabe perspective.

standing ground is diverse, unique, radical, evolving, and always Indigenous. Guaranteed you've never heard anything like it before!

"...the finest spoken word CD I have ever heard."

- Richard Van Camp

Get your copy today. Order now in time for Christmas.

$16cdn/$15us + shipping & handling

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Coming Soon: news about the official standing ground release party.

For more information, interviews, or review copies contact:

Nishin Productions
Cape Croker Reserve
Ontario, Canada
N0H 2T0
519 373-5178 cell

stand strong   stand your ground   kia kaha   nau-neebiwik

stand strong   stand your ground   kia kaha   nau-neebiwik

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