Immé wins Best World Recording of the Year
On October 24th, Alpha Yaya Diallo’s album Immé was awarded the Best World Recording of the Year from the Western Canadian Music Awards at their BreakOut West Conference held in Kelowna, BC. Congratulations to everyone involved.
Immé, Alpha’s sixth album will be released this coming February 24. Immé is the first solo album in nearly five years and represents a subtle shift in his sound. Alpha has been working on the project for about a year and brought some new friends to join him; Doura Barry added, guitar, vocals and harmonica on two songs. He also co-wrote Wondigal. Tommy Babin and Victor Napoles were invited to add bass on several tracks. Chris Gesterin is found on Hammond organ and Alpha’s friend from the African Guitar Summitt, ‘Kofi’ Ackah came to Vancouver to record the drum tracks. Sekou Dioubate added goni and Nabby Camera brought his balafon.Violinist, Jesse Zubot added not only his incredible skills as a player but also produced three tracks but also mixed the album…. Stay tuned for more information.
Tungijuq is more of a short film than a music video. It is a thought-provoking meditation on the seal-hunt and what it means to the traditional way of life. Tanya created the mystical, form-shifting fantasy and filmmakers Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphael brought the idea to life. Jesse Zubot and producer Juan Hernandez joined Tanya to create the music and the seven minute film includes an appearance by Cannes-winning actor Zacharias Kunuk. Tungijuq is a cinematic and musical expression of the organic and indisputable reality of hunting in Inuit culture. The work was produced by Kunuk Cohn Productions and Igloolik Isuma Productions.
September 10-19: World Premiere at the 2009 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. www.tiff.net
October 7-18: Festival du Nouveau Cinema 2009 www.nouveaucinema.ca
October 14-18: ImagineNATIVE Film Festival 2009 www.imaginenative.org
November 2009: TV Broadcast on Bravo
December 2: Film Forum, New York, Opening Film of the US Theatres release of Before Tomorrow (Isuma Productions 3rd feature film.)
Juno nominees Tanya Tagaq and Ndidi Onukwulu are touring Europe and BC and Alberta respectively. Check out the links to the right.
We are thrilled to announce that two of our 2008 releases are nominated for Juno Awards.
Tanya Tagaq’s Auk / Blood is nominated in two categories, Aboriginal Album of the Year and Instrumental Album of the Year.
Ndidi Onukwulu’s The Contradictor is nominated in the Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo category.
The 2009 JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CTV on Sunday, March 29 from GM Place in Vancouver, BC.
Geoff Berner’s latest album, “Klezmer Mongrels” released October 24 on the 9pm label in Europe, and January — 2009 in Canada, is the ultimate expression of his aggressive kind of klezmer. It’s a klezmer punk folk dance album about mixed-breeds of all kinds.
This is the third album of his “Whiskey Rabbi” trilogy, all recorded with the rough sound of blaring accordion, the virtuosic, scraping fiddle of Diona Davies, and the thumping, insistent rhythm of Wayne Adams’ percussion.
Catch Geoff live. Tour dates listed through the link to the right.
The 2008 Canadian Aboriginal Award Nominees were announced today, giving ‘Auk~Blood’ four nods for:
Best Album Cover Design
Best Album of The Year
Best Female Traditional/Cultural Roots Album
ARTIST TOUR SCHEDULES