Aboriginal Canadian band Digging Roots will join local Aboriginal artists Renegades of Munk, Black Turtles, Krista Pav and the Social Fabric, and the Green Hand Band for a special night of Indigenous performance and cultural unity (hosted by Jai Pittman) at Rooty Hill RSL on March 3, 2016.
Husband and wife duo Raven Kenetakta and ShoShona Kish formed Digging Roots in 2004 and released their debut album ‘Seeds’ in 2006. Digging Roots won the Juno Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year in 2010 for their album ‘We Are…’. Their most recent album, ‘For The Light’, was released in 2014. After winning a JUNO Award and taking home a Cobalt prize at the Maple Blues Awards in 2015 for their composition ‘Hwy 17’, the now six-piece band arrives in Australia in 2016 for a national tour.
Raven was raised on a small northern reserve in Quebec while ShoShona is from the Batchewana First Nation in Northern Ontario and grew up in Toronto’s Midtown. The duo traverse a wide musical terrain, firmly anchored in roots and blues but incorporating folk-rock, pop and hip hop, as well as the subtle influences and sounds of their Aboriginal Canadian heritage. Their music melds into a unique tapestry of dark and light sounds, punctuated by sweet harmonies and melodic accompaniments of ukulele, banjo, mellotron and guitar. Their lyrics recite the tales of travelers, troublemakers, lovers and freedom fighters in narratives of desperation, resilience, simple pleasures and wide open spaces.
Produced by Gadigal Information Service, the organisation that operates Sydney’s only Aboriginal radio station (Koori Radio 93.7FM), Klub Koori is one of the longest running regular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music events in Sydney. Klub Koori events promote and support emerging Indigenous artists and bands while also showcasing some of the most popular and iconic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians from across a wide range of genres. All ticket proceeds from Klub Koori go towards funding the Gadigal Indigenous Artist Development Program, helping to develop the next generation of Indigenous performers.
Venue: Rooty Hill RSL
Address: Rooty Hill RSL Club, 55 Sherbrooke St, Rooty Hill, NSW 2766
Price: $15 / $10 Concession & members
Date: Thursday 3rd March 2016