Published on March 26, 2014 by Amy
Originally from the Long Point First Nation in Quebec, singer, composer and producer, Kevin Chief now makes his home in Canada’s National Capital. He is known as a respected pow-wow singer and traditional dancer from the Algonquin Nation. His passion and love is Round Dance music.
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The inspiration for music came to Kevin from his elders who told him to share his Aboriginal culture with the world for Anishnabe people needed to build a bridge between Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal as we learn to understand one another. Through music, Kevin shares the love of his Aboriginal culture to others.
Kevin’s first CD was published under the collaborative name Pimadiziwin Singers and was titled “Save the Last Round Dance for Me”. It took him to China, France, Germany and various locations across Canada and United States.
He has collaborated with the NAC choir and orchestra on Canada Day. He has performed many song and dance presentations around the National Capital Region with various government Departments and the Museum of Civilization. He is involved with Ottawa-based Heavy Metal band, Muffler Crunch and has also performed with C-Weed and Eagle and Hawk providing a traditional element to their show. Other collaborations include other pop artists, traditional Chinese artists and a Guatemalan artist.
Currently, Kevin Chief (aka Flying Down Thunder) is collaborating with Rise Ashen to deliver a new sound which promotes Algonquin language and chanting through a more mainstream delivery of Indigenous Urban Music. They are composing a new sound which gives respect to Aboriginal culture. Indigenous Urban Music is a modern mainstream sound delivered as dance music for everyone’s enjoyment. Their debut CD “One Nation” has been getting radio and club play in 23 countries, and is receiving support by DJs like Osunlade, Jojo Flores and Roger Sanchez.
In 2012, Kevin Chief received a Juno Nomination for Aboriginal Album of the Year.