My name Is Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie born in 1984. I have Ojibway, Odawa, Potawatomi, Delaware, Oneida and Mi’kmaq in my blood line. Originally from Cape Croker Ontario and Indian Brook Nova Scotia. I grew up on the pow wow trail and have been dancing Northern Traditonal since I was two years old. I also have a love for music. My grandfather, Stanly Pangowish, was a champion fiddle player.
I also remember a lot of my aunties and uncles played instruments as well. I made my first song on a keyboard I got for christmas when I was 4 years old. The song was called “Baby Don’t Die.” I composed my first pow wow song when I was 13 or 14 years old. I received a lot of drum teachings from my father Brad Kiwenzie and my Uncle Mark Lavallee. They are just two of many teachers and elders I look up to. As a baby I went up to the drum and I never left. I love to sing and dance. It brings me happiness and joy. Whenever I’m feeling down, frustrated or stressed out, I sing or play some pow wow tunes and dance around. It helps me feel good. It feels good to feel good.
Juno Nominee 2017
2017 Best Hand Drum Album for Round Dance and Beats
2017 Best New Artist for Round Dance and Beats
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Round dance and Beats
Round dance and Beats is an album which combines the sounds of today’s pop music and the songs of traditional First Nations people. Sometimes you listen to R&B/hip hop, sometimes to pow wow music, and sometimes they just blend together.