DiggingRoots

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Those who have experienced the music of DiggingRoots agree that they have witnessed something unique and exceptional. Their self described style of "Odeimin Music" or heartbeat music pulls the rhythm of this land base into a bold, moving, and at times, defiantly honest voice. A history lesson has never been this stirring, and uplifting. Clearly these two are making their mark as up and coming innovative artists.digginroots

Raven and ShoShona have been playing together for seven years, performing throughout Canada and places such as Hawaii, New Zealand and Spain. The talented collaborators have played for festivals, conferences and special events at venues such as; the Harbour Front Centre, Mariposa Folk Festival, the launch of the new national Aboriginal Radio Station "Aboriginal Voices Radio" at Healy's and the Apra Music Awards in New Zealand. They continue to lend their talents to an array of diverse projects from studio albums to film and video soundtracks to cultural and educational recordings.

Performer, songwriter and artist ShoShona Kish was born in Toronto, Canada. She is Anishinabekwe and of mixed heritage . She is formally trained as a writer and musician and draws on an array of roots, blues, jazz, world music and her Indigenous ancestry in her crafty songwriting and vocalization. Her songs harness a powerful and edgy voice that is earthy, ethereal and timeless. ShoShona strikes an original chord reminiscent of artists the likes of Nina Simone, Ben Harper and Rickie Lee Jones.

Guitarist-vocalist Raven Kanatakta is fresh, expressive and clearly imaginative. Raven is a world class instrumentalist who's playing credits the influences of Son House, Jimi Hendrix and the fervor of Charlie Mingus. Educated at the Berklee School of Music, Raven applies slide techniques and finger-style guitar picking to his obviously jazz-influenced accompaniments. From a smooth falsetto to a deep, resonant baritone, Raven applies his vocal facility to the interesting variety of his music.

Both Raven and ShoShona are accomplished performers and creators in their own right. Together as DiggingRoots they generate a magical and natural chemistry. They deliver a recording that you won't soon forget!

Raven Kanatakta, Shoshona Kish (acoustic guitar); Jordan O'Connor (upright bass); Nick Fraser (drums, percussion).

Additional personnel: Shane Anthony (acoustic guitar); David Anthony, David French (bass clarinet); Craig Harley (organ); Winona Polson-Lahache, Amanda Greener, Melanie Baldwin, Christie Nelson (background vocals)


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