ShoShona Kish and Raven Kanatakta are the duo behind Digging Roots. (Ratul Debnath) This episode originally aired on July 31, 2016.
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 thatt 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 band’s latest album is called For The Light. (Facebook) To see the couple play live is to witness the beautiful love story between them. Unfortunately, said Kanatakta, that is not always welcome."We keep getting people saying we are a little too sexy on stage," he explained, particularly from audiences in Canada."It’s mostly directed at me," said Kish who stressed while she is not wearing […]
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