Saturday, February 6, 2016

Aboriginal fans' viral Edmonton Oilers song rooted in centuries of tradition

CBC News  
   An aboriginal song about the NHL's newest superstar, now a viral sensation online, is rooted in traditions that date back many centuries.
   "In our tradition, it's an honour to have songs made about you," said Robin Alexis, who helped perform a song about the Edmonton Oilers, and star rookie Connor McDavid, on Tuesday outside Rexall Place.
The drummer and singer belongs to a traditional music group from the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, west of Edmonton. They performed their Oilers' song on the night when McDavid returned to the ice for the first time since November, following an injury.
   "You've got to be a pretty important person to have songs," said Alexis. "Nobody made a song about me, and I've been singing for 35 years of my life."
   Then he paused and laughed. "McDavid has a song, and I don't?"...Continue reading...

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