Music is medicine. Here’s proof.
The N’we Jinan Tour is a music initiative that brings a mobile recording studio and a video production team into schools and youth centres across First Nation and Native American communities. The program offers youth the chance to create an original song and music video that explores relevant issues and topics while promoting positive messaging, community engagement and collective voice.
In November, the N’we Jinan Tour travelled to the Nuxalk Nation in Bella Coola, B.C. to work with the Acwsalcta School and they released this song in early December.
The Tour is the brainchild of David Hodges, a Montreal hip-hop artist and youth worker, who, back in 2014, set out in collaboration with the Cree Nation Youth Council to do workshops in every community on music and sound recording while getting members from each community to record portions of the same song called “N’we Jinan.”
What happened, as reported in this article at the time, was entirely unpredictable. Hodges discovered so much unbridled talent that he managed to record not one but 19 songs and an album that shot to #1 on iTunes’ hip hop chart in Canada.
Later this month, the project will release a powerful and emotional music video courtesy of the students at ‘Na Aksa Gyilak’yoo School in Kitsumkalum First Nation, BC. The project tackles the issue on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women that has plagued their community through the “Highway of Tears”.
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