New Juno category for Traditional Indigenous Music – Anishinabek News

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New Juno category for Traditional Indigenous Music – Anishinabek News

by ahnationtalk on November 2, 202154 Views

November 2, 2021

TORONTO — We have finally arrived. After a long journey of applications, canvassing and petitions, a category for Traditional Indigenous Music has finally been established: Traditional Indigenous Artist of Group of the Year. The long-sought-after recognition for our traditional roots music is now realized. Since its inception in 1994, the Aboriginal Music Category for the Juno Awards has attempted to broaden its scope with two representative categories, one for contemporary and the other for traditional roots.

“This is exciting news that we have expanded the category into two sections to allow more artists to submit,” said Committee Chair Amanda Rheaume, an Anishnaabekwe contemporary recording artist herself. “We’ve been working at this effort for a long time.”

The new category recognizes Indigenous people making traditional music. To be eligible, solo acts and groups must be Inuit, First Nation, or Métis, to promote traditional songs to be heard publicly and to be preserved for future generations.

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