Indigenous Music Trailblazer Shingoose dies of COVID-19 at 74

Curtis Jonnie was a residential school and Sixties Scoop survivor, and the resilience he forged out of those experiences translated in his music

 

Folk musician Curtis "Shingoose" Jonnie has died at the age of 74 after testing positive for COVID-19

Born in Manitoba, Shingoose toured and performed with several groups and festivals throughout much of the 1960's and 1970's.

In 1969, Curtis Jonnie signed to ABC Records in Washington D.C and met many other influential artists of the time such as John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and others.

In 1986, Jonnie received acclaim for his production of the series Indian Time, which highlighted performances by Tom Jackson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Laura Vinson, and other native performers.

One of his biggest impacts was working with Buffy Sainte-Marie and Elaine Bomberry to push for the creation of an Aboriginal music category at the Juno Awards in the 1990s in order to raise the profile of First Nations artists.

In 2012 Jonnie was inducted into the Manitoba Music Hall of Fame for his influence as musician, activist and producer.

 

 

 

 

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