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Sing from the Heart

by Ottawa River Singers

This is the Ottawa River Singers debut album. We are sometimes known as the Ottawa Protest Drum, however we see ourselves there to sing for the people and spread the love & kindness of the drum.
Genre: World: Aboriginal
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1. Speak from the Heart
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2. Battle Up
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3. Napewok
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4. Old School Grass
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5. Spread Love & Kindness
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6. Good Life
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7. We're Single
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8. Beautiful Butterflies
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9. For the Children
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10. Take Care of Grandfather
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11. Looking Good
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12. A Long Str8
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13. Kwe Kina'
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14. Brad's Str8
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15. Panda
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Chi Miigwetch - Special Thanks

We would like to dedicate this album to our families who support us at home while we continue on this journey on the powwow trail. This life has its rough and smooth surfaces but as long as we know our family is there for us, we will continue to stay uplifted.


We would like to firstly like to thank Chapleau Ojibwe First Nation for sponsoring this album, the Mohawks of Kahnawake for inviting us to your powwow where we recorded this CD,
Adrianna's Den for keeping our voices greased up with food and coffee all weekend,
To our spouses and families for taking care of things at home while we travel across Turtle Island. We thank all the influential drum groups that inspire us to sing on the powwow trail, and also dancers who keep us grounded to the beat. We’d like to thank the elders and helpers who help guide us to be good human beings as we travel this earth. With all of your help, we keep the heartbeat of mother earth strong, and we say Chi Miigwetch for this.
Translations of songs.
Speak from the Heart - (Ojibwe words from Taymor Day)
Oma akiing ayayangi,
N'de depsi pane
Zagidiwin miinwaa minwendam
Gde'ing maa mino giigidon pane
"Here we are on earth. We always speak from the heart with love and happiness. We'll always speak from the heart.”

Napewak -
Napewak E nimitcik
Tapwe miwasin
Tapwe miwasin
“Men dancing, looks good.“

Good Life - (Atikamekw words from Keith Flamand)
Oma pimatisiwin
Ni ki orapten
Kitci nikamo irinian
Otci kaskina kirawaw
This way of life is the life I chose. The life of singing, singing for the people.


Beautiful Butterflies - (Cree words by Dave Hookimaw)
Inutaguk daywaygun nigamoon,
esqwewuk kaynaguk inimichik,
espy chin nacositchik kokominakoshish shug,
eh wahstay mikositchick peesimook
"These women dancing hard to the drum and song, looking beautiful like butterflies shining in the sun"



Spread the Love and Joy - (Atikamekw words from Keith Flamand)
Kanawapamishinan, ndotashinan.
Ohe e n'sidamatcitayen sakhitowin kayeh
kictertcikewin
“Watch us dance, hear us sing, spread the love and kindness that you feel.”

For the Children - (Atikamekw words from Keith Flamand)
Ntotwatanak awacak e witamakoiekw tan e icinakok pimatisiwin,
sakihitowin kaie matciatisiwin
“Always listen to the children as they will teach us the way of life, the way to love and grow.”

Take care of Grandfather - (words from Keith Flamand)
minatcihi kimocomino,
kika minatcihiwk kewir ni totamone
"Take care of grandfather(drum), and grandfather(drum) will take care of you".

Lookin Good - (Cree words from Ronald Washipabano)
Munak sutch oje oje oda
Munak sutch oje oda
“You are all looking good over here”

Kwe Kina’ - (Algonquin words from Romeo Chabot)
Kwe kina’, awik mino bimadiziwin
Pitaban gizhagat oma.
“Hello All, It is a good life, it’s a clear sky here”

Panda - (Atikamekw words from Keith Flamand)
E pe takoshiniyewk, e pe nta nimiyewk kaye e pe nta nikamoyewk. Ekote ke totamekw e pimatisiewk.
"As we come together, sing and dance, it is beautiful, this is why we live this way"

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