Homegoings: Mali Obomsawin on her 'suite for Indigenous resistance'
Brave Little State speaks to Odanak First Nation's Mali Obomsawin about her new album, Sweet Tooth. Across three movements, she blends Wabanaki music with free jazz, and ancient stories with new ones, all of which offers a unique look at the land called Vermont.
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"I just encourage people not to think of Indigenous people doing modern forms of art or existing in a modern way as a loss, you know? There's no loss in that if we're true to who we are.”Mali Obomsawin
Who is Mali Obomsawin?
Mali Obomsawin is an award-winning songwriter, bassist and composer from the Abenaki First Nation at Odanak. With an expansive background in American roots, jazz, and indie rock, Obomsawin carries several music traditions and adeptly demonstrates the continuum of American musical genres. A Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artist, Mali has received acclaim from NPR, Rolling Stone, and Paste Magazine, and toured internationally with her former band Lula Wiles.
For more information, check out her website.
Sweet Tooth is out now. Listen below:
Watch the music video for "Wawasint8da:"
Thanks so much for listening to the show, and thanks to David Hess for the great question.
Josh Crane reported this episode and did the mix and sound design. Editing and additional production from Angela Evancie, Myra Flynn, Elodie Reed and Mark Davis. Ty Gibbons composed our theme music; other music by Mali Obomsawin.
Special thanks to Savannah Maher, Gregory Cajete, Seth Bedard, Melody Mackin, and to Mali Obomsawin for her input and help with this episode.
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