N'we Jinan Eeyou Istchee Tour
What is the N'we Jinan Eeyou Istchee Tour?
The N'we Jinan Eeyou Istchee Tour is a music initiative that brings a mobile recording studio into schools and community centers across the Cree communities in Canada. The Tour is a collaborative project commissioned by the Cree Nation Youth Council in Quebec. The program is aimed to create an environment where youth can express themselves musically and creatively under the guidance of a professional music producer. As there is a need for music programs in many Cree communities, the N'we Jinan Eeyou Istchee Tour offers a dynamic approach to music education. Participants learn about recording, music production, songwriting, performance, marketing and design. Within the studios' three-day residency, two to three original songs are created, containing messages that focus on cultural identity and uplifting messages. The tour is documented by a professional film team where interviews and live performance sessions are captured, encouraging youth to emerge from their shells and to express themselves.
What does the N'we Jinan Eeyou Istchee Tour accomplish?
The goals of the N'we Jinan Eeyou Istchee Tour are:
What is the story behind the N'we Jinan Eeyou Istchee Tour?
David Hodges is a visible hip-hop producer and youth worker from Montreal, Quebec. Joshua Iserhoff is the Grand Chief of the Cree Nation Youth Council in Quebec. For the past 10 years, both individuals have been on a journey helping to uplift youth around their communities. One day, David heard great stories about Joshua's work and believed his influence and experience could meet his own vision for the youth of Quebec. Over coffee, they shared stories of their losses and triumphs, agreeing that the Cree youth were hungry for ARTS and were ready for an opportunity that would give them the chance to be heard. Deciding they would uplift the youth through music and education, the N'we Jinan Eeyou Istchee Tour was born. Bringing joy and empowerment to the entire nation, the Tour visited 10 communities throughout the province of Quebec to discover talented Cree artists who had a desire for music. Receiving over 50,000 plays on the Tour's official soundcloud page, the N'we Jinan Eeyou Istchee Tour had such an impact that it was featured on CBC News: Hip-hop giving hope to Cree youth in Northern Quebec. The Tour will be traveling to all Cree communities across Canada. For more information, please contact Joshua Iserhoff, Youth Grand Chief with the Cree Nation Youth Council, at firstname.lastname@example.org
N'we Jinan Official Music Video Live on CBC - The National
N'we Jinan is the title track off the first instalment of the N'we Jinan Eeyou Istchee Music compilation (below video). The song features artists from all Cree communities across Quebec and serves as a testament to tradition, culture, arts, love and working together as a nation.
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