Welcome to indigenous in Music! This week Larry welcomes from the “Yellowknives Denna First Nation,” singer, songwriter and performer “Leela Gilday.” She has just released her 5th album “North Star Calling.” You can find out all about Leela and hear her music at leelagilday.com
Music from Leela Gilday, Todd Barrow, Aasiva, Thor Simonsen, Alan Syliboy & The Thundermakers, Anachnid, Ailaika, Nahko and Medicine for the People,, Bebel Gilberto, De Madrugada, Eagle & Hawk, Nicola Cruz, Once A Tree, Jasmine Netsena, Celeigh Cardinal, Khu.eex, Frik,stailers, La Yegros, Low Budget Rock Star, Banda Black Rio, Irv Lyons Jr., Jaysen John-Ivan Turner, Juanes, Juan Luis Guerra, Kinky, Chris Ferree, Javier Estrada, Nathan Cunningham, Rellik, Matt Comeau, William Prince and much much more.
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If you’re from the North, Leela Gilday’s music is home. If you’ve never been, it will take you there. Born and raised in the Northwest Territories, she writes about the people and the land that created her. The power in her voice conveys the depth of her feelings of love and life in a rugged environment and vibrant culture, as if it comes straight from that earth. Leela’s family is from Délįne on the shore of Great Bear Lake and her rich vocals dance across the rhythmic beats of traditional Dene drumming as smoothly as a bass line onstage the largest venues in the country. And she has played them all.Leela has toured festivals and concert halls with her four-piece band through every province and territory in Canada.
She has played in the United States, Greenland, Denmark and New Zealand and thisyear embarked on an ambitious European tour. Her live shows are where she connects with fans who have followed her on a 20-year career and where new fans are born. She reaches into their hearts and feels the energy of every person in front of her as she guides them on a journey through song and experience. She believes music has an inexplicable effect on people. It is a place where she can share light and dark and the most vulnerable moments, with a clarity and genuine purpose that reassures her listeners through every word. She is a storyteller, and through this, reflects the world onto itself. Five years after her last album was released—five years of growth, healing and head-down work.