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Manitoba Indigenous music pioneer Shingoose dies at 74 –

January 13, 2021

A pioneer in Manitoba’s Indigenous music community has died.

Musician and singer-songwriter Shingoose, born Curtis Jonnie in 1946, was a member of Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation.

A Sixties Scoop survivor, he had a decades-long career in Canada and the United States, beginning in the late 1960s.

His debut record, 1975’s Native Country, included collaborations with Canadian folk icon Bruce Cockburn, and he was actively involved in promoting Indigenous culture and issues through theatre, radio and television — including hosting Full Circle/First Nations Magazine for CKND-TV (now Global Winnipeg) in the 1980s.

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