Artist Duane Linklater on his work Migrations and language and lyrics in blues and hip hop


Artist Duane Linklater’s installation “Migrations” is a part of the Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture at the Power Plant in Toronto. Duane joined Indigenous Waves to discuss the connection between lyrics and language in blues from the early part of the 20th Century and contemporary Hip Hop. Duane also prepared a 15 minute guest deejay set related to his installation.

Duane Linklater is Omaskêko Cree, from Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario and is currently based in North Bay, Ontario. He was educated at the University of Alberta, receiving a Bachelor of Native Studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Duane attended the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College in upstate New York, USA, completing his Master of Fine Arts in Film and Video. Duane produces a range of work including: video and film
installation, performance, sculptural objects, and often works within the contexts of cooperative and collaborative gestures. He has exhibited and screened his work nationally and internationally at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta, Family Business Gallery in New York City, and at the Power Plant in Toronto.


c/o Duane Linklater:

Memphis Minnie – Chickasaw Train Blues

MF Doom – Go with the Flow

Bullmoose Jackson – Cherokee Boogie

De La Soul – Brakes

Walter Furry Lewis – Big Chief Blues

Jay Z – Girls, Girls, Girls

Tampa Red – Seminole Blues

Lil Wayne – With You


A Tribe Called Red – Public Enemy vs. Congo Rock (ATCR rmx)

Beaatz – Music is Me

D Thought – Land of Broken Dreams

Team Rez Official – Game Well Known

Buffy Sainte-Marie – Cho Cho Fire

Cree Confederation – Straight Crow Hop

Originally Aired Monday April 29, 2013

Photo Credit: Toronto Power Plant

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