Music fans now have another way to find music from their favourite Aboriginal recording artists. HMV's music outlet at Portage Place Mall will now be home to an 'Aboriginal Music Rack', Cweedband.com Ltd. and HMV Music announced at a press conference on October 31.
“We have so much incredible Aboriginal talent here in Manitoba, and our music infrastructure is in great need of a means to making Aboriginal music accessible in the marketplace,” said Cweedband.com's Errol Ranville, who was approached about the idea by HMV's Cory Clark, in a prepared release. “This project will allow all Aboriginal artists across Canada an opportunity to be available to mainstream consumers.”
The new rack will feature all genres of music by Aboriginal artists, including country, gospel, rock, roots, pop, rap, and hip hop, as well as more traditional offerings like Pow Wow musicm, Métis fiddle, and traditional instrumentals.
The announcement was made on the first day of the Manito Ahbee Festival, which runs concurrently with Aboriginal Music Week and presents the annual Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. The week's festivities will play host to dozens of Aboriginal artists and events, including the nationally-televised awards gala. Click here to read more.
Ranville will work with the National Aboriginal Top 40 Countdown to solicit artists that have air support on the stations owned by Western Association of Aboriginal Broadcasters (WAAB), and include CDs from these artists on the rack. Artists interested in having their CDs stocked on the rack can contact Ranville at via cweedband.com.