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Boogey The Beat

For years, Anishinaabe DJ and producer Boogey the Beat (Les Boulanger) has toiled behind the scenes, laying the sonic foundations for other musicians’ anthems. As a long-time lover of hip-hop and rap, collaboration has always been his comfort zone. He’s worked with the likes of The Halluci Nation (formerly A Tribe Called Red) and Wab Kinew, and played stages across Turtle Island, including the Indspire Awards and a myriad of music festivals. Now, that collaborative spirit has taken a new form.

Boogey the Beat’s debut EP Cousins features an ebullient crew of co-conspirators, among them Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Sebastian Gaskin and Fawn Wood. Cousins began long before the pandemic. When lockdown orders struck, Boogey hunkered down in his Winnipeg studio, revisiting his recordings to methodically perfect them. Each track for Boogey is a welcome reminder of the eventual togetherness during a time of unsolicited solitude. Cousins merges electronic beats and traditional Anishinaabe sounds to create a new chapter of powwow music. Boogey believes in the importance of cultural representation during a time of resurgence and celebration on the main stage. Cousins reminds us that better times are coming. Resilience has been here all along.