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Concert of Colors Episode 2

The second episode of four in this annual celebration of music and diversity, Concert of Colors, 2020. The episode features performances by Sean Blackman In Transit and Digging Roots.

AIRED: October 06, 2020 | 1:55:08
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- In its 28th year, the Concert of Colors

continues to bring artists from around the world,

to the motor city,

while celebrating the indigenous music of Detroit.

Coming up, this celebration of music and diversity

will be broadcast for the very first time

in the festivals history, stay tuned.

- [Announcer] Support for Concert of Colors is provided by

Knight Foundation, Community Foundation

For Southeast Michigan, DTE, AARP,

Mark and Rachel Bernstein, Zingerman's Delicatessen.

And by these partners, Detroit Institute of Arts,

Museum of African American History,

Arab American National Museum, Marks Layne Marketing,

Detroit Historical Museum, Arts & Scraps, Science Gallery,

CCS, DSO, Midtown, Michigan Science Center,

U of M Detroit Center in Dearborn, the Scarab Club.

Third Man Records,

a Lennox Museum of Michigan, Culture Source.

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Recorded live from the Detroit Film Theater,

inside the Detroit Institute of Arts,

it's the 28th annual Concert of Colors.

Detroit's Annual Diversity Festival.

A celebration of the eclectic styles

and rhythms of music and art from across the globe

that shape our lives, the city and the world around us.

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- Hi planetary citizens, my name is Ismael Ahmed.

The directory of the Concert of Colors

and the host of WDETS, this Island earth.

Before we start, we would like to honor

some of the people who have passed this year

that have been a part of the Concert of Colors.

Sweet Pea Atkinson, who's been part of

the Don was review for the last 12 years.

Tutes Hiebert, of Tuts and the May Towels.

Hugh Massa Kayla.

We honor them and the hundreds of others

that have worked to bring you the Concert of Colors.

28 years ago, New Detroit, a racial justice coalition

formed out of the 1967 rebellion,

called together a coalition of communities of color

to celebrate our cultures, music and diversity.

Today, we continue in that tradition while presenting

some of the finest performances on the planet.

To begin with, we would like to honor

the native American people of the region.

Since all of the Concert of Colors

is taking place on their land.

Here in the city of Detroit, built by African Americans

and others of color immigrants

and working people of all races,

religions, creeds, colors and sexual persuasions,

to them we dedicate this year's Concert of Colors.

We would like to thank WTVS Detroit public television

and WDET Detroit public radio,

for making this year's concert possible.

We would also like to thank the Detroit Institute of Arts

for their major role in this effort.

As well as the Arab American National Museum,

the Charles Wright Museum of African American History

and the Science Gallery of Detroit, for their contributions.

As well as the staff and volunteers

who've given so much to make this free event possible.

For more information about this year's Concert of Colors

and this year's schedule,

please go to www.concertofcolors,

concert of colors is one word, dot com.

Also please take time to make a donation

by pushing the donation button.

- Hello, I Rochelle Riley, director of Arts and Culture

for the city of Detroit.

And I am thrilled to introduce Sean Blackman In Transit.

Get ready for a modern hybrid of old world sounds

and Detroit jazz by a band

that truly represents the tradition of we are the world.

Featuring a claim musicians from Senegal,

Brazil, Armenia and Detroit.

This fantastic group has performed

with Grammy award winning acts,

such as Peter Gabriel and George Benson

and is known for a sound influenced by Sean's deep passion

for traditional ethnic music from around the world.

It is a cross cultural blend of joy and excitement

that nails jazz with blues, rock and soul.

It is music that speaks several languages

connects various geographies and connects us to one another.

He has described it this way,

"Just as people of different ethnicities

"fall in love, marry and make children,

"musicians of different ethnicities

"come together and create song.

"This is how it always has been,

"how it is and always will be.

"Tearing down the brick and mortar of diversity

"raises global awareness of human similarities

"and brings us all closer together."

Well said, Sean is not only a gifted musician.

He also has directed world music festivals

and has been creative director of entertainment

for corporate events, for Red Bull,

Chrysler and other companies.

Sean links, not only different genres of music,

but different forms of entertainment

combining music with dance and theatrical performance.

Whether they are playing on the streets,

or in front of thousands at a theater concert

or inside an intimate out of the way Nightclub.

Sean's music shows his genius,

born of a lifetime of training, versatility and vibrance.

Ladies and gentlemen give a warm Concert of Colors welcome

to Sean Blackman in Transit.

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- We wanted to just quickly introduce our two dancers

that you've seen in this song,

and that's Elana and Eila

from Bosnian folk bands group bahid.

Thank you girls, beautiful.

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- Thank you so much, everyone, thank you.

Welcome to the Concert of Colors.

Welcome to Detroit, everyone.

Welcome to Detroit.

Big, thanks to Mr. Ismael Ahmed

for making this happen every year

for so many years in our city.

It's all about bringing cultures together

and that's what the world is all about.

And we're in route and here we go.

So a big, big thanks to the two singers,

to Harris Kartasovech and to Adisa Salmanavech,

did I say it right?

I hope I did, yes.

These two beautiful voices are living and breathing here

in metropolitan Detroit,

sharing the music of the Balkan region with our community.

And we're so blessed to have them here on the stage today.

So thank you so much.

And we're going to move on to a piece that is

one of my favorite OOD songs.

And this song is called Sarka.

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- Thank you, beautiful.

- Thank you so much, everyone, thank you.

Give it up for Mr. Wendell Harrison

on the soprano on that one.

Yeah, soprano and now back to the clarinet.

All right, we're gonna do an original song by myself.

This song is inspired by my Armenian roots.

My Armenian heritage I should say,

and my Detroit roots are inside of it as well.

This song is titled "Yet as Nair and Armenian".

That means dreams.

And let's give it up for Mr. Victor Ghanim

on the canoon and the OOD.

Victor, how many strings you got there?

- 72.

- 72 strings.

He's got me beat.

It's got us all beat put together.

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- Thank you Harris, thank you, you too.

Give it up for Mr. James Simonson on the base.

As you sit in your living rooms,

we can hear you, we can.

We're musicians, we're designed to feel things.

So Detroit is such a special special place

from the natives, trading, the rivers

the lakes, the salt mines, the industry that came from here

and all the cultures that brought with it.

I grew up hearing about Detroit, being a melting pot

when I was very young and it's true.

We have so many cultures here

and within each of these cultures are musicians

and they're everywhere, they're abundant.

Detroit is abundant, it's a magical place to be

for a person that loves the sounds of the world.

And there's so many right here surrounding us.

It's a great place to do what I'm doing here with this team.

And what I do is I call it, In Transit

because it's always moving and it's always ever changing.

Anyway, so James Simonson on the base,

Ron Otis on the drums,

Larry Protangelo on the percussion.

Yes, and we have the great Norman on the electric guitar.

Norman Somanovech, yes, man, on electric, acoustic.

And we're gonna do another piece from the Balkan region.

Adisa will tell us a little bit,

just a little bit or Harris.

- I think Harris would like to take that one.

- The song has a great story.

When putting this music together

we were just sitting around

and hearing all the stories of everything.

- So speaking of different culture and different influences,

this song is from the Southern Balkans region

and which is where we come from, the two of us anyway.

And it's about a young girl

who is still asleep in her bedroom

and she's awakened in the morning by a bird at her window.

And the bird says

"You have to wake up and you have to prepare the gifts

"because you're getting married today."

And the young girl says, "Well, I don't have any gifts.

"I'm poor and I'm too young, I'm not getting married."

So the bird says, "Your mother gave you away,

"without even asking you."

So this sad and dark story was somehow

turned into a beautiful and uplifting song

that we're gonna try and do justice here today, ready?

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Thank you, Sean, Ghanim, Victor, James, Brad,

Larry, Norman, thank you.

- [Announcer] We thank you for tuning in

to the first hour of our broadcast edition

of Detroit's Annual Concert of Colors from the stage

of Detroit's magnificent Detroit film theater,

inside the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Stay tuned for more music with our global

and local fellow citizens

and masterful musicians in hour two of tonight's broadcast.

- Welcome back planetary citizens,

to the second hour of the 28th Annual Concert of Colors.

Again, my name is Ismael Ahmed,

director of the Concert of Colors,

Detroit's diversity festival.

And hosts the WDETS, this Island earth.

If you're just joining in, I wanna remind you

that the Concert of Colors was organized

to bring us together,

to celebrate our cultures, our diversity,

to work for progress and justice for all communities.

- Hello, my name is Dr. Denene De Quintal

and I am the assistant curator for Native American Art

at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

As a relatively recent Detroit transplant,

I'm thrilled to experience my first Concert of Colors.

The Concert of Colors would like to acknowledge

that the Detroit Institute of Arts sits on (indistinct) land

and is located in the

largest majority black city in the nation,

with a long legacy of African diasporic contributions.

We uplift the larger ethnic and racial fabric

of our Metro Detroit community.

It is my pleasure tonight to introduce the Juno

and multi award-winning group, Digging Roots.

This phenomenal group, hails from the part

of turtle Island known as Canada.

The band is led by the first nations duo,

Soshona quiche and Raven kinatalta.

Soshona is a community organizer, producer,

activist and songwriter who recently received

the prestigious professional excellence award

from the WOMEX organization,

for her role in the ongoing evolution

using the medium of music as an agent of change

to awaken our humanity and to help us connect.

Raven is a musician, songwriter, producer and engineer

and a music entrepreneur who in collaboration

with his partner, Soshona bring creativity,

truth, love, light, strength and activism to their music.

Combining global and traditional indigenous sounds

with blues, reggae, soul, trip hop.

Digging Roots has delighted audiences through

albums, videos and live concerts for more than 10 years.

Songs such as AK 47, I've Got It Bad and Spring To Come

showcase their empowering sound

and demonstrate their use of music as a call to action.

Please join us in welcoming to the

Concert of Colors, Digging Roots.

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- We're really happy to be here

to be performing for you at the Concert of Color

and sending some love to our friends South of the border.

We know these are challenging times

and we're just wishing you all the best.

We're gonna start with a song called "The Healer".

And I wanna send this out

to all of our black brothers and sisters

and family out there, who are fighting for freedom.

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♪ You have to live it to know it ♪

♪ Wombs cannot see headlines, pipelines ♪

♪ So many ways to be

♪ And what's contained

♪ In the blood of this veins

♪ Strength and the scars

♪ The love and the pain

♪ Some day it will be all right ♪

♪ Yeah, some day we'll be free from the fight ♪

♪ Oh, someday

♪ I have to say bye again

♪ Remember how to pray

♪ Another brother down

♪ Another life gone down today

♪ I won't burry him in silence

♪ But lift him a song

♪ His story now we sing

♪ To carry on and on and on

♪ It's far from the impression

♪ The shame and the hate

♪ Far from indiction, sorrow and the way this heart is ♪

♪ Some day it will be all right ♪

♪ Yeah, some day we'll be free from the fight ♪

♪ Yeah, some day we'll be all right ♪

♪ Yeah, some day we'll be free from the fight ♪

♪ No more struggling

♪ No more, no more suffering

♪ No more, no more struggling

♪ No more, no more suffering

♪ No more, no more struggling

♪ No more, no more suffering

♪ No more, no more struggling

♪ No more, no more suffering

♪ In this hard times

♪ Grounds uneven beneath my feet ♪

♪ One foot on the earth

♪ The other on concrete

♪ So we fight how to love stronger ♪

♪ We're the healers of medicine ♪

♪ And joy is how we resist

♪ We dream in our land Michigan ♪

♪ Some day we'll be all right

♪ Yeah, some day we'll be free from the fight ♪

♪ Yeah, some day we'll be all right ♪

♪ Yeah, some day we'll be free, we'll be free ♪

♪ Some day we'll be free

♪ Some day we'll be free, yeah

♪ We'll be free from the fight

♪ Oh, some day we'll be free

♪ We'll be free, we'll be free

♪ No more, no more struggling

♪ No more, no more suffering

♪ No more, no more struggling

♪ No more, no more suffering

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It's really interesting to be in this space

and I know you guys are out there

but I can't see you or hear you

and I miss you a lot, I have to say.

We're gonna play a song now called, "Tall Grass".

And this is a love song

for a very special place in my heart.

And I think it's a love song

for the land, really essentially.

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♪ I don't wanna go back to the city ♪

♪ I don't wanna go

♪ I don't wanna go back to the city ♪

♪ I don't wanna go

♪ Lay me down in the tall grass let me be ♪

♪ Lay me down and let the moon have a way with me ♪

♪ But I don't wanna go back to the concrete ♪

♪ I don't wanna go

♪ I don't wanna go back to the concrete ♪

♪ I don't wanna go

♪ Well lay me down in the tall grass let me be ♪

♪ Lay me down and let the wind have it's way with me ♪

♪ Well lay me down in the tall grass let me be ♪

♪ Lay me down and let the wind have it's way with me ♪

♪ Well I don't wanna go back to the hustle ♪

♪ I don't wanna go

♪ I don't wanna go back to the hustle ♪

♪ I don't wanna go

♪ Well lay me down in the tall grass let me be ♪

♪ Lay me down and let the rain wash over me ♪

♪ Lay me down in the tall grass let me be ♪

♪ Lay me down and let the storm have it's way ♪

♪ Where, where, where, where

♪ Where, where, where, where

♪ She said walk gently, walk gently ♪

♪ Into the wide open spaces, as far as you can see ♪

♪ She said go to the places that you can breath ♪

♪ And I stood with the old ones who dreamed this life in me ♪

♪ And listened for her voice in the stillness of the trees ♪

♪ Saying walk gently, walk gently ♪

♪ And we fight just can't resist ♪

♪ With the simple right to be

♪ To stand with the land and dance in ceremony ♪

♪ And this is what freedom means to me ♪

♪ This is what freedom means to me ♪

♪ And how can you be free if I am not free ♪

♪ How can we be free if I am not free ♪

♪ How can you be free

♪ I don't wanna go back to the city ♪

♪ I don't wanna go

♪ I don't wanna go back to the city ♪

♪ I don't wanna go, no

♪ I don't wanna go back to the city ♪

♪ I don't wanna go

♪ I don't wanna go back to the city ♪

♪ I don't wanna go, no

♪ Go back

♪ No, I don't wanna go

♪ I don't wanna go

♪ I don't wanna go

♪ I don't wanna go back

♪ How can you be free if I am not free ♪

♪ How can you be free if I am not free ♪

♪ How can you be free if I am not free ♪

♪ How can we be free

This is a song called, "Brighter".

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♪ Well I haven't seen a sunset

♪ Less to stay

♪ It's seems that I

♪ All the time weep

♪ I never knew a life to be

♪ So greater

♪ Maybe it's just my

♪ State of my consents

♪ All good

♪ All right

♪ It's all gonna be

♪ Okay now

♪ It's all gonna be

♪ It's all all right

♪ Things are getting brighter

♪ Every day

♪ Yeah

♪ Well it's a

♪ Storm before the calmness state ♪

♪ It's just the dust now

♪ Before the raining

♪ Before I know all my troubles ♪

♪ Will be gone now

♪ And I can be my, be my self again now ♪

♪ 'Cause if how good is

♪ All right

♪ It's all gonna be

♪ Okay now

♪ It's all good it's

♪ It's all right

♪ Things are getting brighter

♪ Every day

♪ Yeah

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♪ But it's all good

♪ It's all right

♪ It's all gonna be

♪ Okay now

♪ It's all good it's

♪ It's all right

♪ Things are getting brighter

♪ Every day

♪ Getting brighter getting brighter ♪

♪ Getting brighter getting brighter ♪

♪ Oh, every day

♪ Getting brighter and brighter ♪

♪ 'Cause it's all going

♪ It's all right

♪ It's all gonna be

♪ Okay now

♪ It's all good if

♪ It's all all right

♪ Things are getting brighter

♪ Every

♪ Day

That was fun.

Thanks guys, that was actually

really an old song that we don't play that often

and it's nice to pull it out of the vaults,

along with some new ones for you today.

This is actually the next song we're gonna play is

the very first love song that we wrote,

like romantic club song.

We had written a whole bunch of love songs for the land

and for the people and for the movement.

And for those of you that don't know us,

this is Raven everyone, he is my better half

and we're a couple

and we've been on this really magical adventure

playing music and traveling around the world

and raising a family, being madly in love.

So, yeah, I wanna send this out to everyone out there,

just to honor the love that you have in your life.

If it's romantic, friendships,

the things that we wish most to hold on to

and I think that right now is the time

that maybe we're getting the gift

of putting that into focus what matters most.

This is called, "Stay".

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♪ Oh, how I want you and

♪ How I need you to

♪ Stay why don't you

♪ Just stay

♪ 'Cause this thing we're doing ♪

♪ Just keeps improving

♪ Stay darling

♪ Just stay

♪ We'll let the clock just

♪ Tick-tock tick-tock time away ♪

♪ The moments be ours

♪ And hours be days

♪ Oh, watch the smile line grow ♪

♪ Upon your face

♪ Oh, darling won't you say

♪ That you let this stay

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♪ You're the house I want to

♪ Move my heart in to

♪ Make a home in you

♪ Just stay

♪ Oh, settle down

♪ Make love our home town

♪ Just stick around stay around ♪

♪ Just stay

♪ We'll let the clock just

♪ Tick-tock tick-tock time away ♪

♪ The moments be ours

♪ And hours be days

♪ I'll watch the smile lines grow ♪

♪ Upon your face

♪ Oh, darling won't you say

♪ That you'll let this stay

♪ Just let this stay

I wanna introduce my dear friend Andrea on base.

Will you play for us, baby?

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And what you got for me, babe?

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♪ Stay, stay, stay

♪ Stay, stay, stay

♪ Stay, stay, stay

♪ Let's just stay

♪ Stay, stay, stay

♪ Stay, stay, stay

♪ Stay, stay, stay

♪ Let's this stay

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Did I introduce you to my husband, Raven, yet?

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Very nice babe.

- Who got here?

Highway 17.

- Oh, great.

- Oh, yeah, I love this tune.

It's about our sisters that are missing

our indigenous sisters.

We live in Canada and there's a huge issue with racism.

And part of how that racism is expressed is by

taking away our women.

And it's really not a cool thing but it's been happening

well for a long time since colonialism came to this land.

And that's what this song is about.

Is to make this topic known,

but also to be the resistance

in that kind of peaceful and empowered way.

This is called, "Highway 17".

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♪ Well it's early in the day

♪ And I sure to feel all right

♪ I was dark in the evening but this morning I feel so light ♪

♪ I found trouble on highway 17 last night ♪

♪ And I left him in a box I locked up good and tight ♪

♪ Oh, trouble won't be coming 'round here no more, no ♪

♪ Trouble won't be coming right here no more ♪

♪ It was a simple operation and a flawless execution ♪

♪ Trouble never knew what hit 'em 'til it was done ♪

♪ I didn't need no rope I didn't need no gun ♪

♪ 'Cause trouble had it comin' and he knew that he was done ♪

♪ I said no more trouble

♪ No more trouble, trouble no, no ♪

♪ No more trouble leave my way

♪ Well trouble won't be coming around here no more ♪

♪ Trouble won't be coming round here no more ♪

♪ My conscience rests easy, it was the perfect crime ♪

♪ It was fast and it was clean, elegant in design ♪

♪ I looked him in the eye and he knew he'd crossed the line ♪

♪ 'Cause when trouble laid his hands on me ♪

♪ Could be his last time

♪ Oh I say no more trouble

♪ Trouble no more

♪ No more trouble in my bed or at my door ♪

♪ Trouble won't be coming round here no more ♪

♪ Trouble won't be coming round here no more ♪

♪ No more trouble no

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♪ No more trouble, trouble no more ♪

♪ No more trouble, trouble no more ♪

♪ Trouble in my bed or at my door ♪

♪ Well trouble won't get me not any more ♪

♪ Trouble won't come around here ♪

♪ Trouble won't be coming around here no more ♪

♪ Trouble won't be coming around here no more ♪

♪ Trouble no more

♪ No more

All right.

(speaking in foreign language)

Have I introduced you guys to Nimkee?

Come and say, hi baby.

(laughs)

This is my brother, Nimkee,

we're really honored to have him here with us

sharing some dances.

He was just doing a hoop dance

and you heard him sing an opening for us.

What was the name of that song Nimkee?

Minnocochet?

Oh yeah, beautiful.

Jimmy quit, he'll be back.

We're gonna play a song called, "Cut My Hair".

The song is about many things,

it comes from the residential school system

that was imposed on indigenous people in Canada.

And if you could imagine a time where

all of the children are taken away

from each indigenous community, right across the country.

And you've taken these children

and they've taught them how to speak English or French.

The only language that they speak

is their indigenous language,

just they erase their identity.

And there was just so many atrocities

that happened because of this.

And this is actually a medicine song

for children that are now our ancestors

and for the people that are still alive

who are the survivors.

Because this type of oppression and genocide

is something that affects generation after generation

that we're still feeling today.

There are people my age

that have gone to residential schools.

And so I send us out in strength and in unity

that we all stand up against the injustices

that are out there.

We're in a very, very vibrant time right now.

And we should all realize that and check ourselves

because we will always make mistakes.

That's actually how we learn.

So, yeah, I wanna send that out to all of those people

Mishki kid, that need that medicine.

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♪ We'll make up my hair

♪ Well try to cut my roots

♪ Oh, and then cut my hair

♪ I said they tried to cut my roots ♪

♪ Won't even let me speak my words ♪

♪ They are trying to take their tune ♪

♪ Oh, and then send me away now ♪

♪ Oh, this sound like

♪ But it don't count

♪ When the send me away

♪ Will they send me like a (indistinct) ♪

♪ Where they gonna eat me alive ♪

♪ From the inside of

♪ Oh, I'm gonna I'll be dead so now ♪

♪ Oh, and fly

♪ Fly down the rail

♪ And I'm gonna hit that overal ♪

♪ If flacking now, we're flacking there around ♪

♪ Flacking there around

♪ Well no one gonna pick me up now ♪

♪ Gonna take this lock and lose ♪

♪ And fly

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♪ And when they cut my hair

♪ Will they try to cut down my roots ♪

♪ Roots, roots

♪ When they cut my hair

♪ Oh, will they try

♪ And cut my roots now

♪ Now you can cut the trees

♪ Where I'll send this still little cages ♪

♪ I'll send this still little cages ♪

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Beautiful, this is miss Atlanta Bridgewater, everyone

- Yeah.

- You gave me goosebumps, baby.

I'm very blessed, we are very blessed to be together

and I have so much love and gratitude for this crew.

Since all of this COVID and the pandemic started

we haven't been seeing each other

and we're really like family

and have traveled all over the world together.

And I think had barely a moment still

right up until everything was shut down.

I want all you guys to know that I care.

I know you're amazing

and I'm so blessed and grateful to have you in my life.

This is Mike Celia on guitar and vocals.

(laughs)

(cheering)

And here in the jam booth,

it's really weird to have him separated like this,

but that's Sky Polson on the drums.

(cheering)

We wanna play a song for you now called, AK 47.

I had this dream about this, like maybe naive idea

about what would happen if we could load love into a gun.

And really this song is about standing up

for what we believe in.

And I wanna send this out to everyone out there

doing that hard work of standing up for what you believe in.

I'm thinking a lot about what's been going on,

particularly in the United States,

the uprising around Black Lives Matter.

It's here too.

And those systemic issues are here too.

And we know them very well as indigenous people

and stand in solidarity with our black family out there

with all of my heart.

So all of you who are bravely standing on the front lines

peacefully, this is for you.

And there are some words in (indistinct) at the end

they are, Nizoogide'e.

And this means my heart is a strong hold.

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♪ Well I wish I could load

♪ Love into a gun

♪ Peace into a gun, hope into a gun ♪

♪ Well I'd load up my AK-47

♪ Fire, fire, fire

♪ For everyone, at everyone

♪ Fire, fire, fire

♪ For everyone, everyone

♪ Fire for the fighters on the front line ♪

♪ Fire for the man killing on his mind ♪

♪ Fire for the brothers doing hard time ♪

♪ Fire for the daughters that we cannot find ♪

♪ I took the pin from the grenade ♪

♪ War be afraid, oppression be afraid ♪

♪ Someone call out for the light brigade ♪

♪ Fire, fire, fire

♪ A sacred fire is made

♪ Fire, fire, fire

♪ A sacred fire is made

♪ Fire for the fighters on the front line ♪

♪ Fire for the man killing on his mind ♪

♪ Fire for the brothers doing hard time ♪

♪ Fire for the daughters that we cannot find ♪

♪ Fire for the fighters on the front line ♪

♪ Fire for the man killing on his mind ♪

♪ Fire for the brothers doing hard time ♪

♪ Fire for the daughters that we cannot find ♪

♪ Its time to bring out the big guns ♪

♪ Lock and load love, lock and load your weapons ♪

♪ I'd load up my AK-47

♪ Fire, fire, fire

♪ For everyone, everyone

♪ Fire, fire, fire

♪ For everyone

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♪ Fire for the fighters on the front line ♪

♪ Fire for the man killing on his mind ♪

♪ Fire for the brothers doing hard time ♪

♪ Fire for the daughters that we cannot find ♪

♪ Fire for the takers of the innocent ♪

♪ Fire for the healers and the medicine ♪

♪ Fire will rise in all of us

♪ When we're one we're dangerous ♪

♪ Nizoogide'e

♪ Nizoogide'e

♪ Nizoogide'e

Yeah (laughs).

So I don't know how this concert

is gonna end up being broadcast,

I'm not sure how we get to find each other.

I hope some time in the future,

we can come to Detroit and hang out.

Or those of you who are tuning in

from other places in the world.

But I am excited that this is likely gonna come to you

in your own home

and at your center fire in your safest place in the world.

And I'm a little nervous about the winter ahead

and I think maybe the way we're gonna get through this

is by just continuing to support each other

in every way we can, in our home, communities

close to that center fire.

And it's kind of like,

I imagine that it's kind of old school,

like back in the day we really understood

what it meant to depend on each other.

The people who were in close proximity,

the person who lived next door and down the street.

And so I'm hoping that despite the challenge of all of this,

that we're learning some beautiful things about who we are

and who we can be together

and that we can carry that forward into the future.

So just, I hope that you're safe where you are

and warm the way you deserve to be.

And I hope that you are both taking care of your people

and been taken care of yourself.

This is a song called, "Spring To Come",

and it actually comes from a very specific place

that this song took root, a beautiful place.

And one of the ways that initial snobby write songs,

the melody is inspired by the shape of the horizon line.

In this song, there's a refrain, you'll hear it.

And it actually traces out the shape

of a particular mountain and a particular special place.

I'm thinking about the water running,

and the land beneath our feet

and our mother the earth, who takes care of us.

This is Spring to Come.

(orchestral music)

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh hey

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ And I will sing for the ice to break ♪

♪ And I will sing for the rivers to run ♪

♪ And I will sing for the thaw to take ♪

♪ And I will sing for the spring to come ♪

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ I will sing to free the lake

♪ I will sing for the rain to run ♪

♪ I will sing for the seed to wake ♪

♪ Yes, I will sing for the spring to come ♪

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh I had a dream about spring coming right along ♪

♪ Oh about a nice way to ask them for a song ♪

♪ So I asked the mountain if she might wanna move me ♪

♪ She said tell the rivers to wake up the lake see ♪

♪ Rivers take it from sky into home base ♪

♪ And yellow belly hawks know how the kill tastes ♪

♪ Singing for the spring is like kissing pretty things ♪

♪ And change is like fire, change is like wings ♪

♪ Birch bark and maple and seas of black hair ♪

♪ Sing baby sing love fill the air ♪

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

(orchestral music)

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ Oh oh oh ya

♪ I have a dream.

(laughs)

You're tired yet, Nimkee?

- Oh, yeah.

(laughs)

- You're getting a bit of a workout there.

I just wanna say,

(speaking in foreign language)

Thanks to all of you out there.

Thank you for spending your time with us.

I wanna say thank you to the Concert of Color festival

for having us here and for doing the work to sort of,

we dream, how we might be together this year,

I hope we can see you in person someday.

And I want to send some love and gratitude

to the whole crew here on the ground

at revolution recording here in Toronto.

I actually hope that you guys get to see

a little bit of them on some of the shooting,

'cause they're here working hard

and all masked up so we can be safe.

So I appreciate you guys, thank you.

This is a song called All Night.

And yeah, let's do this thing.

(orchestral music)

♪ Oh oh oh

♪ Oh oh oh

♪ Oh oh oh

♪ Oh oh oh

♪ This car's become my longhouse and you've become my prayer ♪

♪ The air smells of sweetgrass, it means I'm almost there ♪

♪ So show me your rhythms, I'll round dance a love song ♪

♪ I'll play it deep for you baby, so sing it all night long ♪

♪ All night,

♪ All night long

♪ When everyone's tee-pee creeping, I'll give you my heart ♪

♪ I've been playing those honor beats since we've been apart ♪

♪ So belt me your soul tunes, I've got blues for your songs ♪

♪ I'll play it deep for you baby, so sing it all night long ♪

♪ All night

♪ All night long

♪ All night long

♪ All night long, all night

(orchestral music)

♪ You'll jingle by day and we'll 49 by night ♪

♪ 'Til the sunrise ceremony breaks at first light ♪

♪ As the sacred fire grows, so will the revolutions songs ♪

♪ I'll play it deep for you baby, so sing it all night long ♪

♪ All night

♪ All night long

♪ All night long

♪ All night long

♪ All night

♪ All night

(orchestral music)

(indistinct) For Digging Roots.

Much love, peace.

♪ Sure is a mountain shining down the river ♪

♪ All my friend there pulling on those ridge ♪

♪ Younger than the mountain

♪ Though will never be

♪ From the road

♪ Take me home

♪ To the place I belong

♪ Where's Jamaica

- [Announcer] Support for Concert of Colors

is provided by Knight Foundation,

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan,

DTE, AARP, Mark and Rachel Bernstein,

Zingerman's delicantessen.

And by these partners.

Detroit Institute of Arts,

Museum of African American History,

Arab American National Museum, Marx Layne Marketing,

Detroit Historical Museum, Arts and Scraps,

Science Gallery, CCS, DSO, Midtown, Michigan Science Center,

U of M Detroit Center in Dearborn, The Scarab Club,

Third Man Records,

a Lennox Museum of Michigan, Culture's Source.

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