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Rhonda Head - Mezzo-Soprano is pleased to announce her latest single called Awaken (Graduation Song) featuring Allan Bonaise on June 4, 2019. The youth inspired Rhonda to write and compose the song. Rhonda collaborated with Allan Bonaise who added the traditional song about a warrior riding on his horse. The photo was taken by Brodie Sanchez who beaded the graduation cap.
"The youth inspired me to write the song. When you speak to the youth about our Culture they get it, all the blood memory comes back, it's like an awakening of the soul." The melody and the song was composed based on the landscape of Opaskwayak Cree Nation, MB located on Treaty 5 Territory in northern Manitoba.
"This song is very powerful as it recognizes the accomplishments of our graduates...our ancestors would be so proud," Diane Pelly - CISW, BISW
The song was recorded at the District Exchange Studios in Winnipeg and produced by Grant Trippel and Rhonda Head. The song was mastered by Out of Town Sound - Jamie Sitar.
Vocals - Rhonda Head & Allan Bonaise
Piano - Bernadette Geras
Hand Drum - Allan Bonaise