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Artist Profile: Digging Roots

Digging Roots

Digging Roots is a band that can best be described as roots, rock, soul-folk and blues.

ShoShona Kish and Raven Kanatakta formed the band in 2004, and released their first album, Seeds, in 2006. They followed with We Are in 2009, which featured collaborations with Tanya Tagaq, DJ Bear Witness of A Tribe Called Red and Kinnie Starr — who also produced the album. Their third effort, For the Light, was released in 2014.

It was love at first sight for this couple and ever since that fateful day 20 years ago, they’ve been making beautiful music together.

ShoShona Kish and Raven Kanatakta are the musical duo behind Digging Roots, a band best described as roots, rock, soul-folk and blues.

Kish’s sultry and powerful vocals complement Kanatakta’s bombastic guitar, rising and falling in harmony from smokey wails to whispered intimacy.

“The true story is that he just showed up on my doorstep one day and I had no idea who he was. But there was this gorgeous Anishinabe standing there so I let him in,” recalled Kish of meeting her future husband.

Kanatakta added that a mutual friend had told him about a new musician who had just moved to Ottawa he had to meet.

“He just wrote on a little note, ‘ShoShona’ and then wrote an address,” he said. “I just knocked on the door and then walked in.”

The rest, they say, is history. The couple formed the band in 2004, and released their first album, Seeds, two years later. They followed with We Are in 2009, which featured collaborations with Tanya Tagaq, DJ Bear Witness of A Tribe Called Red and Kinnie Starr — who also produced the album. Their third record, For the Light, was released in 2014.

The duo have let love lead them in life, music and in dealing with difficult times. In June 2016, a lone gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Then in July 2016, two African-American men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, were shot and killed by police. In response, Digging Roots wrote and recorded AK-47, a call to peace and hope.
AK-47

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