OMBIIGIZI Share “Spirit In Me” Video
OMBIIGIZI, (pronounced om-BEE-ga-ZAY, meaning s/he is noisy) has shared a new video for “Spirit In Me.” The track is off their Polaris nominated album Sewn Together. The duo head out on a run of dates, starting October 1 at Pop Montreal. Full tour dates can be found below.
OMBIIGIZI is comprised of Zoon (Daniel Monkman) and Status/Non-Status (Adam Sturgeon), OMBIIGIZI are Anishnaabe artists who explore their cultural histories through sound. An amalgam of their unique Indigenous heritages and personal musical architectures, Daniel and Adam imbue their lyrics with their families’ storytelling, revealing truths and finding common ground amidst their differences. The debut album Sewn Back Together is a fusion of individuality – a reflection on Adam and Daniel’s commitment to each other as collaborators and distinct members of their community.
Putting aside the tonal nuances of their previous work as Zoon and Status/Non-Status (formerly known as WHOOP-Szo), OMBIIGIZI strips back the waves of distortion to reveal themselves, their voices, writing and improvising for the sake of the song. The family on Sewn Back Together includes the production duo of Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene and Nyles Spencer of The Bathouse Studio. Recorded there in fast and intentional sessions during the summer of 2021, Drew and Spencer – along with musicians Eric Lourenço and Drew McLeod from Status/Non-Status and Zoon/
ESSAY BY WAUBGESHIG RICE:
The Anishinaabe revival is accelerating. Our artists are becoming more resurgent in all realms: telling the stories, singing the songs, and creating the imagery to further solidify our everlasting presence on this land. The soundtrack to this movement is diverse profound, and beautiful. The Anishinaabe sonic revolution is richly layered and wide-reaching, inspiring and influencing all generations to gather, sing, and speak, as we’ve always done. And at the core of this renewal are artists like OMBIIGIZI.
Adam Sturgeon and Daniel Monkman have come together in the spirit of making noise in a good way for our people. They have documented this moment in time while paying homage to the ancestors who kept our language and stories alive. There is a deep respect and love embedded in these songs for Anishinaabe sounds and voices. These songs proudly tell family and community stories, and they exquisitely conjure a hopeful future that will result from our current collective efforts to share our realities with each other and the world. Sewn Back Together is a passionate journey. It meanders like a nurturing stream, weaving in and out of the tangible and spiritual worlds, as all time-honoured Anishinaabe stories and songs have done. It harkens back to ancient melodies and rhythms while using modern tools and instruments to centre us in our identities as the original storytellers of this land. It is essential listening as we forge our future and reclaim and revive who we are.
OMBIIGIZI 2022 Tour Dates
Oct 01 – Montreal, QC – Pop Montreal – Entrepot 77
Nov 03 – Windsor, ON – Meteor
Nov 04 – Kitchener, ON – The Hub w/Tuns
Nov 05 – Oshawa, ON – The Biltmore w/Tuns
Nov 16-20 – Montreal, QC – M For Montreal
Order Sewn Back Together by OMBIIGIZI HERE
Looking for something new to listen to?
Sign up to our all-new newsletter for top-notch reviews, news, videos and playlists.