Sonic Performance

Land History with Charlene George

X̱áywá7esks | Creekside Park | 1455 Quebec St
FREEDOM: STORIES OF BLACK LIBERATION

 

Marisa Gold – 0:10
Charlene George – 2:12
Dana De Samedi – Cold Feet – 6:48
Betty Mulat (Part 1) – 8:42
Tonye Aganaba – Ready – 14:32
Dana De Samedi – Black Dad – 19:27
Hampton – Hold Yourself Up – 23:32
Betty Mulat (Part 2) – 28:28
Janelle Reid – Created To Be A Queen – 35:41
Missy D – Yes Mama – 40:26

 

A convergence of Identity born in joy, united by rebellion, Creekside Park is idyllic now but only by erasure. Once a meeting place between ChinaTown and Hogan’s Alley, there is history below the manicured lawns beside Science World. In fact, a place without the ancestral memory of the waters that once lapped shores much closer inland than now. Xáywá7esks remembers the time before False Creek. FREEDOM: STORIES OF BLACK LIBERATION collects the voices and stories of numerous Black artists and voices together with Indigenous knowledge keepers to show you the power of Ancestral integrity and refuses to forget the soul within.

 

Dana De Samedi (sound) – “Cold Feet” & “Black Dad”
A combination of spoken word poetry and hip hop music.
Froms re-weaving classic metaphors to unique and head bop worthy music.
This is a set of art that I hope you won’t soon forget.

 


Installation

Afuwa – Welcome/Bienvenue


X̱áywá7esks | Creekside Park | 1455 Quebec St
reclaim history, language, voice

 

Kin Balam (ft. Israel Bojorges) – Birthing Sun Nawat (Soundscape) – 0:08
Charlene George | Skwxwú7mesh sníchim – 2:46
Jane Shi – 8:52
Valeen Jules | nuučaanuł – 10:08
Alyssa R & Phebe M – Ninuno Ko | Tagalog – 13:21
Cheyenne La Vallee | Skwxwú7mesh sníchim – 14:05
Maneesa Veeravel and Surenthy Gurunathan | Tamil – 15:18
Beverly Manuel – 15:50
Y Vy Truong | Vietnamese – 17:42
Susan Mah: speaker, Sharon Mah: technician | Toisan – 18:53
Beverly Manuel | Secwepemctsin – 19:35
Kin Balam – El Tiempo De Xinaxtli – 20:03

 

Across generations, oceans, place, memories, our languages will take care of us, take care of the land, take care of the ocean, take care of our bodies, take care of our ancestors. These stories, prayers, poems, and songs are precious and ask if what has been lost wants to return to us. These sounds cannot be bottled up and sold. They are the rainbow and the tears and the puzzle pieces in our palms. Listening is also the language. Listening is also the poetry. Listening is also the music.

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