Unique Ontario festival puts Native spin on 'world music'

KITCHENER, ON, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Native artists from opposite ends of the Americas will meet next week at Ontario's first-ever festival mixing Indigenous and world music.

The Kultrún Indigenous & World Music Festival, November 14-17 in Kitchener, includes Innu reggae from northern Quebec and technology-tinged traditional Mapuche music from Chile, as well as Peru-influenced jazz from Ontario and Haitian hip hop from Montreal.

Kultrún (pronounced cool-troon) represents the dreams of Chilean-born Isabel Cisterna to create a world music festival in Canada that recognizes the contribution of First Nations artists.

Artists appearing at Kultrún include:

•      Juno-nominated Amanda Martinez
•      Innu reggae artist Shauit
•      Montreal hip hop super-group Nomadic Massive
•      Chadian a cappella group H'sao
•      Laetitia Zonzambé from the Central Republic of Africa
•      Best International Indigenous Artists 2013 nominee Joel Maripil
•      International muralists of the Chilean ALAPINTA collective

Kultrún is presented by Neruda Arts, of Kitchener, Ontario. Please visit nerudaarts.ca or kultrun.ca for details.

Image with caption: "First Nations artists from the far ends of the Americas are coming to Kitchener Nov. 14-17 for the first ever Kultrún Indigenous & World Music Festival. (CNW Group/Neruda Arts)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131106_C4742_PHOTO_EN_33047.jpg

SOURCE: Neruda Arts

For further information:

Isabel Cisterna, Artistic Director, Neruda Arts, 519-502-9677
Timothy Grier, 519-505-0184

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