Aqua, the singer, hand-drummer and songwriter also known as Nibii Waawaaskone (Water Flower), crafts music reflecting her deep respect for Indigenous traditions, and determination to thrive as an artist, Métis woman of Ojibwe decent and cultural activist in a contemporary context.
This duality is illustrated in her approach to songwriting. On one hand her process is one of purposeful reflection and healing, translating life’s challenges into melody and verse to uplift herself and others. On the other, she is mindful of remaining open to universal energies, allowing spirit to channel music through her, unfiltered, with surprising, powerful results.
Similarly, Aqua is as committed to her individual expression and evolution as she is to giving back and sharing with others. Nibii Waawaaskone works to empower youth and women, is a longstanding facilitator of community drum circles, a partner with several Indigenous organizations, regularly collaborates with likeminded artists, and facilitates cultural workshops across Ontario.
Aqua is an artist who is devoted to the integrity of her work and truly believes what Métis leader Louis Riel once said, “My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.”
Hand Drum Stories
Her most recent release, Hand Drum Stories (Feb. 2016, Tribal Spirit Music), exemplifies her holistic style of music-making, with its 13 songs symbolically honouring the 13 Grandmother moons of the traditional Indigenous yearly cycle. Aqua’s previous self-produced four-song EP, Spirit Music (2014, released independently), paid tribute to the four directions and four Indigenous sacred medicines.