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People's Picks: Mali Obomsawin

People's Picks: Mali Obomsawin
People's Picks: Mali Obomsawin | Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

This selection provides glances into unacknowledged movements and under-celebrated victories for communities resisting colonization. From Haiti’s overthrow of their colonizers in 1791 to the victory over General Custer at Little Bighorn (1876), triumphs of oppressed people of color over their colonizers are seldom spotlighted. The playlist tracks important musical influences through histories of resistance, featuring some important women who had unsung influence over spiritual, musical or political movements.

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Mali Obomsawin is an award winning bassist, songwriter and composer from Abenaki First Nation at Odanak. With an expansive background in American roots, rock, and jazz, Obomsawin carries several music traditions. Mali’s acclaimed debut album as composer-bandleader, Sweet Tooth, is out now. A Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artist, they spent the years 2014-2021 touring internationally with beloved folk-rock band Lula Wiles.