After a successful first Intercultural Project in Morocco in October 2017, Marchande d’idées will offer —in partnership with the Festival des traditions du monde de Sherbrooke (FTMS)—a musical residency which will take place in Sherbrooke from August 10-12, 2018.
Discover the participating artists:
RED TAIL SPIRIT - CANADA
Wishe Tremblay – Red Tail Spirit
Wishe a.k.a. Tehoronhiahte wich means in Kanien’ké:ha “He is the blue sky” is the proud father of two children who grew up on the Kanehsatà:ke territory according
to traditional values.
After a successful career in the bicycle industry and cycling milieu at an elite level,
Wishe was looking for a way to spend quality time with his kids who were pow-wow dancers at the time. Experienced in singing iroquois songs for some years, Wishe naturally took on the pow-wow repertoire and the big drum.
Together they traveled “the pow-wow trail”. After two years of apprenticeship, in 2004, the group RedTail Spirit Singers was born. Its name inspired by his son’s regalia made of talons and feathers from a red tail hawk.
After more than 30 years on the pow-wow trail, Wishe is still passionate about it. Never losing sight of the original mission, he will tell you that with respect, love, honesty, courage, humility, work and education come wisdom, freedom and happiness.
Akawui – Red Tail Spirit
Akawui is singer-songwriter from Chile. His father introduced him at the age of three years to the folk music of South America. Having a Native American-Chilean cultural heritage, he is inspired by his roots and explores the musicality of this blend.
He is the winner of the 2015 Syli d’Or de la Musique du Monde and Afropop award for stage presence.
A talented and versatile musician, he fuses several musical genres from different cultures, including Cumbia, Reggaeton, Afro-Brazilian and Native music with contemporary sounds from EDM and Hip-Hop.
On stage, Akawui takes his shows to new heights with various native flutes. His electrifying performance provides a powerful message about the plight of indigenous peoples in urban and around the world.
Akawui is the founder of the social enterprise AKA Cruz Andina which manufactures clothes. Many of his community initiatives are carried out through his brand. AKA Cruz Andina uses traditional indigenous textiles from southern and northern America in modern designs with the goal of unifying peoples through fashion.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of clothing directly supports dance, music and martial arts projects run by youth in North and South America.
Tee Cloud and Julian Wells – Sacred Wolf Singers
(In special collaboration with Red Tail Spirit for the musical residency with Daraa Tribes from Morocco)
Tee Cloud from Metepenagiag and Julian Wells from Unama’ki are the Sacred Wolf Singers – a Mi’kmaq drumming group who perform traditional and contemporary songs to honour the uniqueness of the Mi’kmaq language and its inherent cultural knowledge. Growing up, Tee Cloud and Julian both learned from their fathers about singing.
Tee Cloud has gone on to learn from and collaborate with George Paul, the famed Mi’kmaq songwriter
who received the Mi’kmaq Honour song during a 1980’s sweat lodge. Naming the group out of the
deep respect for the wolf, the duo have followed the pow wow trail throughout Mi’kma’ki since 2014.
Simon Denizart – Pianiste
(In a special and exclusive collaboration with Red Tail Spirit for the musical residency with Daraa Tribes from Morocco)
Originally from Créteil, France, pianist Simon Denizart introduced his jazz colors to Montreal when he moved there in 2011.
In 2014, he was selected to compete in the new talent competition at Rimouski Jazz Festival and won the Public’s Choice Award. Following this achievement, he toured Quebec. Their contact with the public immediate. Simon produces three albums Between Two Worlds (2015), Beautiful People (2016), Darkside (2017) with the Canadian label The 270 Sessions.
Called by Radio-Canada the Jazz Revelation 2016/2017, Simon Denizart toured in several European countries such as Belgium, Germany, the Republic of Czech, Poland, and his native France. Critically acclaimed as an “incredible talent” (Radio-Canada), “A name to remember” (FIP – Jane Villenet), he’s been nominated for the Best Jazz Album of the year at l’ADISQ.
In the style of European Jazz and World Music, Simon Denizart plays soft, sensitive and energizing music with subtle and accessible melodies.
Simon Denizart will bring a ‘jazzy’ touch to the collaboration between Daraa Tribes and Red Tail Spirit.
Jason Gullo – Native Cherokee Nation
A self employed cultural ambassador, Jason shares the teachings from the Cherokee nation. He is a Dancer, Visual Artist, Fashion Designer & Educator. Part of his practice is to facilitate workshops at various educational institutions throughout North America. He enjoys travelling to first nations communities offering workshops empowering through the arts. There’s many negative directions youth can go at this time, drugs and alcohol abuse, depression and suicide. His main goal is to inspire youth by facilitating them to create something of their own.
DARAA TRIBES – MAROC
Daraa refers to the Drâa River Valley running down the southeastern corner of Morocco, opening up the country to the Sahara Desert and the African continent. Tribes reflects the diversity of those tribes. Each of the members of Daraa Tribe hails from a different tribe, bringing with them a diverse set of music styles.
Balkhir Razgui – Lead Singer and Percussionist
Balkhir, lead singer and percussionist, is a member of the Gnawa tribe.
Members of the Gnawa tribe of southeastern Morocco originated from the section of the Sahara desert between Timbuktu and western Algeria.
Members of this nomadic tribe were brought into Morocco as slaves as recently as two generations ago.
The Gnawa tribe practices a tradition of music referred to as Ginga, relying heavily on the handheld metal percussion instruments Karakeb, which is forged to recreate the sound of chains around the ankles of slaves.
They accompany such trance-like percussive sounds with vocals and lyrics that often reflect on their history as slaves and the power of religion and God in redemption.
Rachid Berazougui – Lead Guitarist
Rachid, lead guitariste, is from the Sahraoui tribe.
Members of the Sahraoui tribe of southeastern Morocco are of Arab descent and moved into the Sahara desert more than a millenium ago. Members Sahraoua tribe can be found in Morocco, Mali, Mauritania, Algeria, Niger, and Lybia.
The Sahraoui tribe practices a tradition of music referred to as Chamra, in which a circle of men chant rhythmic poetry as several females dance within the circle.
Chamra has been practiced for centuries throughout the Sahara.
Sahraoui culture has permeated the entire Sahara desert, as the Sahraoui dialect of Arabic, “Hassania” is spoken all across the Sahara.
Mustapha Aqermim – Guitarist
Mustapha, guitarist, is from the Amazigh tribe.
The Amazigh Tribe is indigenous to the Sahara desert and has one of the oldest living cultures, and whose language, “Tamazight”, is one of the oldest living languages in the world.
The Amazigh people have roamed North Africa and the Sahara desert for millenia, and they are a sister tribe to the Touareg people of Mali, Algeria, and Niger.
The Amazigh tribe of southeastern Morocco practices a tradition of music called Ahidous, in which a line of men and women perform a choreographed dance and respond to each others’ calls about nature, religion, love, and chages in society.
Abdelkabir Saadi – Bass Player
Abdelkabir, bass player, is from the Regaga tribe.
Members of the Regaga tribe of southeastern Morocco migrated from eastern Africa several thousand years ago.
They are believed to be from Sudanese and Somalian descent. In their migration, they met the Amazigh people of Northern Africa and adopted their culture and language, “Tamazight”.
The Regaga tribe practices a tradition of music called Aqlal, which itself has a subset of musical styles. Aqlal music uses call and response style vocals, and heavy percussive sounds performed by both men and women.
Hafid Ami – Percussionist
Hafid, percussionist, is a member of the Lkaaba tribe.
The Lkaaba tribe is indigenous to the Sahara desert and is believed to have moved into southeastern Morocco from the section of the Sahara desert that is currently northwestern Mali and eastern Mauritania.
The Lkaaba tribe practices a tradition of music called Rokba, which fuses heavy percussion from a large barrel drum referred to as a Tab, with multiple rhythms created by clapping performed simultaneously, accompanied by complex dance choreography and the recital of ancestral poetry.
Rokba music is known to begin very slowly and then slowly build up over ten or more minutes to crescendo with intense, pulsating vocal and percussive styles.