Christopher who? An ‘Indigenous Peoples Playlist’ by Las Cafeteras| 10 October, 2017
As an increasing number of cities across the United States have traded out Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples Day, the Los Angeles-based Las Cafeteras set forth an ‘Indigenous Peoples Playlist‘ celebrating Indigenous voices.
Hosted on Spotify, the playlist features predominantly new releases from Indigenous & Native American artists, such as Juno award winning A Tribe Called Red and Tanya Tagaq, rappers Drezus, Ana Tijoux, and Frank Waln, experimental composer Cris Derksen, and singer-songwriters like Raye Zaragoza, Logan Staats. There are also classics by Black Eyed Peas’s Taboo (Shoshone), Buffy Saint-Marie, and Johnny Cash.
The city council of the band’s home city of Los Angeles adopted “Indigenous Peoples Day” this past September. Las Cafeteras say that now is the time to celebrate, listen to, and amplify indigenous voices.
“If we don’t know where we come from, how can we know where we’re going?” asks band member Daniel French, who is Mohawk / Raramuri. “Listen to these songs and stories from indigenous people across turtle island. Marinate, dance, & sing along, all the way to City Hall pushing for an official Indigenous Peoples Day in your city.”
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