In 1998, Patricio Chiza the founder and director of The Imbayakunas began his dream of forming a group that would highlight the wondrous sound of the Andes. The Imbayakunas Music Group has worked hard to make their mark as entertainers. They have gained much notoriety while performing at various festivals, private functions, shopping centres and benefit events. Through their work over the years, they have become the best known presenters of Andean music in Canada. The Imbayakunas have recorded and released 18 CD's to date. "When I made the decision to form 'The Imbayakunas' music group, I knew my ancestors would be proud", remarks Patricio Chiza. "I come from a strong and vibrant Native Andean culture. Both my mother and father raised myself and my siblings to understand and appreciate our traditions. Although there was and still exists racism against Native people, my parents never relinquished their pride and dignity in the face of adversity and discrimination." Their music continues to evolve and can be described as a World Music fusion between traditional Andean sounds and contemporary Latin rhythms. "Anytime I have the opportunity to show the world the beauty that is Andean Music, it is a privilege and my pleasure", says Patricio Chiza. Please visit the website for more information about the group at www.theimbayakunas.comREAD MORE >
2014 Year of Music is a provincial initiative that celebrates the spirit of music in Manitoba – uniting musicians, the music industry, festivals, events, and fans who put us in the international spotlight and make Manitoba a great place to live, work, and visit.
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THE ABORIGINAL PEOPLES CHOICE MUSIC AWARDS - SEPTEMBER 11 & 12, 2014 - WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA
Shawn Bernard (FEENIX) is a true achiever. He grew up in the worst neighborhoods of Edmonton, Alberta and lost both his parents to drugs at a young age. He, himself, got into a life of drugs, gangs, crime and frequent incarcerations. As a youth he would rap at house parties and later founded a rap group that evolved into a high profile nationwide gang. In 2004, while locked up again for again for another stabbing and facing many years in jail, the drug death of his sister and the apprehension of his kids caused him to reach a breaking point. He vowed to turn his life around.READ MORE >