Wednesday 08 April 2020
Nobody could ever accuse Buffy Sainte-Marie of taking it easy. Since her groundbreaking debut album, 1964’s It’s My Way!, the Cree singer-songwriter has been a trailblazer and a tireless humanitarian advocate, an Academy Award-winning innovative artist, and a disruptor of the status quo.
She has written pop standards recorded by the likes of Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, Donovan, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, and her song “Universal Soldier” was the definitive war anthem on the 20th century.
In the climate damaging fake news and toxic hubris, her latest album releases Power in the Blood (Polaris Music Prize 2015, Juno Awards Indigenous Music Album of the Year and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year 2016) and Medicine Songs (Juno Awards Indigenous Music Album of the Year 2018) are as fierce and incisive as ever, with unflinching songs about the environment, alternative conflict resolution, Indigenous realities, greed, and racketeering.
Buffy Sainte-Marie makes us feel stronger and more capable of seeing the world around us more clearly. Part rhythmic healing, part trumpeting wake-up call, this is a soundtrack for the resistance.