Indigenous Canadian band breaking stereotypes at Expo 2020

DUBAI, 14 November 2021 – ‘Digging Roots’, an indigenous Canadian band that plays traditional tunes with a bluesy, folk-rock sound, is performing gigs at various locations at Expo 2020 this week, to spread the word about sustainability, with their opening act kicking off on Sunday, 14 November at the Mobility District’s Sea Stage.

“Our songs are about the land, the people and our traditional value system. We sing about what’s going on in our community back home,” said 45-year-old Raven Kanatakta, the band’s lead singer, who performed jaw-dropping riffs with his Resonator guitar.

Kanatakta, who comes from both the Algonquin and Mohawk indigenous people, said Expo 2020 is the perfect place to “break stereotypes.”

“Sometimes, people make stereotypes. [Expo 2020] is an opportunity to educate the various people of the world,” Kanatakta said.

Digging Roots also perform songs with a focus on global warming and the environment like ‘Sweet Water’, about conserving this valuable resource.

The six-member band started out playing in the reserves in Canada 15 years ago, and won the JUNO Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year in 2010 for their album ‘We Are…’ as well as the Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Best Group in 2007.

Other members of the band include Kanataka’s wife, ShoShona Kish, who is from theBatchewana First Nation in Northern Ontario; and Theland Kicknosway, who belongs to the Cree indigenous people.