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SUBJECT: MMaP launches Mi’kmaw collection
DATE: Sept. 29, 2009

The Research Centre for Music, Media and Place will host a CD launch featuring rare archival Mi’kmaw recordings next week.  The launch will take place Oct. 1 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the MMaP Gallery, second floor of the Arts and Culture Centre. Everyone is welcome and admission and parking are free.

Producer and ethnomusicologist Dr. Janice Esther Tulk’s Welta’q: “It sounds good”: Historic Recordings of the Mi’kmaq features recordings from institutions across Canada, as well as field recordings from private research collections. The release has been timed with a culturally significant date.

“At its heart, Welta'q is a celebration of Mi'kmaw music and culture, both here in Newfoundland and throughout the Atlantic provinces,” said Dr. Tulk. “The launch is the perfect opportunity for members of the Aboriginal community and the general public to join in honouring this important segment of the Newfoundland population on a very special day: Mi'kmaw Treaty Day.”

The vibrant musical life of the Mi'kmaq is showcased through 24 tracks, including traditional Mi'kmaw songs, songs by the first Mi'kmaw powwow drum group, fiddle tunes, hymns and anthems, a lullaby and the story of Mi'kmwesu -- the flute-playing trickster.

Featuring artwork by Mi'kmaw artist Jerry Evans, Welta’q includes a 60-page booklet that includes textual and musical transcriptions of the songs, translations of Mi'kmaw texts, extensive notes that contextualize each selection, photographs and discussion of Mi'kmaw musical instruments and dance styles.

The Back on Track – Archival CD Series hosted by MMaP aims to make rare and currently inaccessible Newfoundland music available to a broader public. In addition, the MMaP Centre strives to produce media-rich, historically detailed materials that exceed the normal standards of “documentation” for a CD. The cases include booklets of 50-60 pages. The purchase therefore includes the CD and a small book.

For more information on the CD, please visit http://www.mun.ca/mmap/music/cds/weltaq/.

For more information on the CD series, please visit http://www.mun.ca/mmap/music/cds/.

The Research Centre for Music, Media and Place will host a CD launch on the second floor of the Arts and Culture Centre, Oct. 1, from 4:30-6 p.m. Welta’q “It sounds good”: Historic Recordings of the Mi’kmaq features recordings from institutions across Canada.

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