Digging Roots confirm the release date for their fourth album, Zhawenim, out June 17 via Ishkōdé Records, with a new song “Sweetwater,” out today.
In “Sweetwater,” a rippling, swirling ballad, Digging Roots slow it down with echo-drenched guitars and smooth flowing vocals. “Water holds memory, she’s a carrier, she’s a shape-shifter in, on, and through the earth, and all of life,” says guitarist/vocalist Raven Kanatakta. “This composition is a love song, for the water, for the revolutionaries, for our families, lovers and friends. As waves wash over, may the sweetness of her compassion add ceremony to our consciousness.”
Meanwhile, “SKODEN,” another Zhawenim single, lights up with a new video that matches the song’s energy and strength. The song, released in January, is a global call to action on climate change.
Zhawenim, which means to love unconditionally in Anishinaabemowin, raises resistance through pure, powerful joy. As a collection, Zhawenim expresses the revolutionary act of giving, and receiving love. The album looks beyond the horizon to a future that waits to be claimed by the next generations. Zhawenim: a radical act of love.
The release of Zhawenim in June, National Indigenous History Month in so-called Canada, also marks the one-year anniversary of Ishkōdé Records, now home to Digging Roots, Amanda Rheaume, Morgan Toney and Aysanabee.
ZHAWENIM TRACK LIST:
BRANT, ON: Paris Presbyterian Church, May 26
MORRISBURG, ON: StoneCropAcres Winery & Vineyard, June 25
LONDON, ON: Aeolian Hall, Oct 25 + 26*
TORONTO, ON: Massey Hall, Oct 28*
BELLEVILLE, ON: Empire Theatre, Oct 29*
WINNIPEG, MB: Burton Cummings Theatre, Nov 2*
SASKATOON, SK: Broadway Theatre, Nov 3*
REGINA, SK: Casino Regina, Nov 4*
CALGARY, AB: Bella Concert Hall, Nov 5*
EDMONTON, AB: Winspeare, Nov 7*
VANCOUVER, BC: Commodore Theatre, Nov 9*
VICTORIA, BC: The Royal, Nov 10*
NANAIMO, BC: Port Theatre, Nov 12*
PETERBOROUGH, ON: Market Hall, Dec 7 + 8*
HAMILTON, ON: FirstOntario Concert Hall, Dec 10*
OTTAWA, ON: NAC, Dec 11*
* supporting Blackie and The Rodeo Kings