JULY 13-16


Thursday, Spotlight Stage 7:45 - 8:30 | Friday, Global Stage 4:00 - 5:00
Genre: Reggae/Rock
California WorldFest | Official Performer

Digging Roots

FOUR-TIME JUNO NOMINATED Digging Roots breathes life into songs from their land, Turtle Island, to raise their voices in solidarity with a global chorus of Indigenous artists, activists and change-makers. For over a decade, JUNO AWARD WINNERS Digging Roots have traveled the world alongside their 6-piece band with a joyful message of resistance, celebrating Anishinaabe and Onkwehón:we traditions of round dance and interconnectedness interwoven with the bedrock sounds of blues, soul and rock n’ roll. Founding duo ShoShona Kish and Raven Kanatakta have taken their place at the frontline of the fight for equity and representation in the arts with involvement in industry advocacy and organization including the International Indigenous Music Summit and Ishkōdé Records, to empower arts communities worldwide.

Their newest album, Zhawenim (to love unconditionally), is a collection of songs about Residential Schools, Resistance, Climate Change, and Baamaadziwin (the good life). The songwriting team of Raven and ShoShona have integrated Anishinabek Song Lines and modern production into Zhawenim with their co-producer JUNO Award winning Hill Kourkoutis. This album holds songs of love, for the land, the waters, and for lovers. When you listen to Zhawenim, you can hear the love that was put into this music.

They won the Juno Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year in 2010.