Meet the Winner of the WOMEX 18 Professional Excellence Award

ShoShona Kish is awarded the WOMEX 18 Professional Excellence Award

ShoShona Kish by Skye Polson
Aengus Finnan by Morten Fog


Chaired by ShoShona Kish (Canada), Digging Roots;
Interviewed by Aengus Finnan (USA), Folk Alliance International

Meet the winner of the WOMEX 18 Professional Excellence Award, ShoShona Kish, the day before the Award Ceremony. In this conference session, she will be interviewed by the executive director of Folk Alliance International, Aengus Finnan.

“For her role in the ongoing revolution of upheaving indigenous communities and their culture – using the medium of music as an agent of change, to awaken our humanity and help us connect – ShoShona Kish is a much deserving recipient of 2018’s WOMEX Professional Excellence Award.

The importance of the work of such artists from within these communities to change perceptions and deconstruct stereotypes enacted by mainstream popular culture cannot be overestimated – ShoShona Kish is one of those artists, a singer, a musician and a visionary.

ShoShona Kish is one half of the duo that fronts the band Digging Roots with her husband, Raven Kanatakta. Their musical style blends folk-rock, pop, blues, and hip-hop and has collaborated with WOMEX’s showcase artists from previous years – Tanya Tagaq, and DJ Bear Witness of A Tribe Called Red.”