In Focus: N’we Jinan ‘Dreamkeepers’ Release Party
Over the past few months, a non-profit music initiative called N’we Jinan has been traveling to remote First Nations communities across Canada with a mobile recording studio.
The result is Dreamkeepers, an 18-track compilation album featuring more than 170 Indigenous youth from across the country.
On Saturday night, we had the honour of attending the Dreamkeepers launch party in Vancouver. In addition to the official release, the event showcased a series of music videos and included live performances by the youth featured on the album.
Founded by producer/youth worker Dave Hodges in 2014, N’we Jinan aims to give Indigenous youth a voice through music and creative expression. In addition to teaching them about sound recording, music production, songwriting and singing, the program promotes collaboration, teamwork, encouragement, confidence building and community empowerment. To date, N’we Jinan has traveled to more than 20 communities and worked with more than 300 young people. Dreamkeepers is the program’s sixth compilation album.
To get your hands on the album and support the next generation of Indigenous talent, head over to iTunes.