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Indigenous youth find Healing Through Hip Hop – Anishinabek News

February 6, 2024

FORT WILLIAM — A group of youth enjoyed creating and recording their own hip hop lyrics for a song during Nokiiwin Tribal Council’s Healing Through Hip Hop workshop led by Shibastik on Feb. 1-2 in Fort William First Nation. Shibastik, a Moose Cree artist/musician, led the workshop for the group of youth from Fort William, Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg, and Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek at the Fort William First Nation Community Centre.

“I’m really impressed, so happy that everybody who came out got on the mic and shared their voices,” Shibastik says. “I’m really excited about the song; I’m going to put a video together and have it ready for Monday. I’m going to be performing on Monday at the [Best Western Plus NorWester Hotel and Conference Centre] and I’m going to share the video with everyone there.”

Shibastik says the video will also be posted on his YouTube channel, Healing Through Hip Hop Workshop.

“I got them to focus on writing four bars, four lines,” Shibastik says. “We had a couple of our girls who did their part together, so you can hear both of their voices and it sounded really cool. Their voices really harmonized well together.”

Shibastik says he also taught the youth the fundamentals of creating a beat at the beginning of the first day, noting that he showed them how to use a beat-making machine to make their beats and also taught them about the recording and editing process.

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