While there are those in the United States who would demonize those who seek refuge; the World music band Sultans of String have created an entire album of music dedicated not only to North American immigrants; but also to the First Nations who roamed the lands of North America long before its discovery by Europeans.

The Power of the Land” is the second single from the upcoming “Refuge” album which features performances by immigrants, peoples of the First Nations, and peace advocates.

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The grandson of a Lebanese immigrant to Canada, Sultans of String founder Chris McKhool said, “this is a project that is centred around the positive and ignored contributions of Indigenous peoples, refugees and new immigrants to U.S.A. and Canada. We are bringing in special guests who are the First Peoples of this land, newcomers, as well as global talents who’ve been ambassadors for peace.  We wish to celebrate the successes of those who make the journey here, and bring their extraordinary talents with them. We hope that the kinds of conversations we can have as musicians can provide a model for peace that our politicians and citizens find inspiration from.”

Recorded at the Jukasa Studios on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory Reserve, “The Power of the Land” features lyricist Redbird and the husband and wife duo Twin Flames.

Refuge” is scheduled for a release some time next year and includes a who’s who of special guests including American Bela Fleck, Israeli Yasmin Levy, Iraqi Imah Al Taha, and Iranian Amir Amiri.

Since their debut in 2007, Sultans of String have earned Canadian Folk Music Awards, Global Music Awards, Independent Music Awards, are International Songwriting Contest winners, and have been named Festivals and Events Entertainers of the Year. Co-founder and bandleader Chris McKhool has earned the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

See Sultans of String:
Nov 2 at the Chester Concerts in Stroudsburg, PA
Nov 4 at the ArtsMarket Official Showcase in Durham, NC
Nov 8 at the OMEA Showcase in Toronto, ON
Nov 23 at the Fergus Grand Theatre in Fergus, ON
Nov 28 at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, AB
Nov 29 at the Fish Creek Concerts in Calgary, AB
Nov 30 at the Festival Place in Sherwood Park, AB
Dec 1 at the Beneath the Arch Concerts in Turner Valley, AB
Dec 5 at the Wolf Performance Hall in London, ON
Dec 6 at the Live Wire Music in Kingston, ON – two shows
Dec 7 at the Oswego Music Hall in Oswego, NY
Dec 8 at Victoria Hall in Cobourg, ON
Dec 12 at the Empire Theatre in Belleville, ON
Dec 13 at the Sanderson Centre in Brandord, ON
Dec 14 at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts in Oakville, ON
Dec 15 at the Kingson Road Village Concert Series in Toronto, ON
Dec 19 at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa, ON
Dec 20 at the Nelson Odeon in Nelson, NY
Dec 21 at the Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs , NY
Feb 8 at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, ON
Feb 22 at the Just Passing Through Concert Series in Richards Landing, ON
Feb 28 at the Dryden Cultural Centre in Dryden, ON
March 7 at the Classic Theatre in Cobalt, ON
March 19 at the Washington Auditorium in Ely, MN
March 20 at the Thief River Falls Concerts in Thief River Falls, MN
March 21 at the Central Square Cultural Center in Glenwood, MN
March 22 at the Estebo Performing Arts Center in Redwood Falls, MN
March 24 at the Historic Dixon Theater in Dixon, IL
March 27 at the Brown Grand Theatre in Concordia, KS
March 28 at the Carpenter Auditorium in Pratt, KS
March 29 at the South/West Colorado Concerts in Lamar, CO
March 30 at the Nantkes Performing Arts Center in Columbus, NE
March 31 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, SD
April 2 at the Washoe Theatre in Anaconda, MT
April 21 at the Burlington Memorial Auditorium in Burlington, IA
May 2 at the Gravenhurst Opera House in Gravenhurst, ON
May 23 at the St. Andrew’s United Church in Chattham, ON
July 19 at the Norwood Village Green Concerts in Norwood, NY

 

photos and video courtesy of Sultans of String