Published on March 24, 2014 by Amy
Alo White (Anishinaabe name Mide Kiwenzie) is from Naotkamegwanning First Nation (formally known as Whitefish Bay) in Northwestern Ontario. He began as a singer with the Whitefish Bay Singers at the age of 14. His recording career began when he became the lead singer for the Whitefish Bay Singers in the 1980’s. In the 1990’s and the early 2000’s he recorded three CD’s with his traditional drum, Lynx Clan Singers.
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In 2010, he released his first solo CD, a 3-CD set combining a traditional story told in Anishinaabemowin with song. This CD (Songs of My Elders) features 15 tracks of traditional songs from Lake of the Woods region, some of them so old the origin is unknown. Alo is highly regarded for his knowledge about traditions, ceremony, and for his knowledge of traditional Anishinaabeg music from the Treaty #3 territory. The primary focus of his solo recordings are to preserve traditional songs of his region.