Tall Paul, Leech Lake Ojibwe
Learning language through hip-hop
Eekwol is an amazing Cree hip hop artist from Muskoday First Nation.
From RPM.fm, "Eekwol's world, mothering, music and academics are chaotically coordinated into a delicate balance. As a dedicated new mother, hip hop emcee and graduate student at the University of Saskatchewan, Eekwol astounds her listeners with honest, direct and revolutionary words that come from places both original and groundbreaking. With a lifelong background of Plains Cree Indigenous music, she invites the audience into a space of experimental hip hop unique to her land and place while respecting the origins of hip hop. Eekwol is currently working on her 5th album, which will be released in spring 2012."
Fans will no doubt recognize the multi-awarding winning, soulful and humanitarian Native American chanteuse Jana Mashonee. After communicating back and forth over several weeks, it was an honor to complete this interview with her on May 28, 2012.
I have been trying to promote your work at the bar. For patrons who are still getting to know you, what are some things you’d like to share about you?
I’d like people to know that my passion is music and what I want to share with others in a positive way. I love the universality of music and how it brings people of all walks of life together to experience it in a powerful way. I believe music is this powerful, and this art form can change people’s lives forever. I thank the Creator that I was blessed to be a part of music in some way and that I have the opportunity to share my music with others.
I understand you are doing this interview while traveling. Where are you and what are your plans?
I am in NY now recording new music for a project I’m working on for teen girls. I’m also working on a new music of my own, with a single coming out in early summer following my “Stay With Me Baby” single. I’m really excited about it.
Read the rest of the interview here.