OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – It’s a sound not all of us are familiar with, but it’s changing.
Antoine Edwards is a local Native American singer-songwriter and artist who is proving to the world that integrating traditional music with hip-hop can be successful.
He says staying true to his roots is everything.
“It’s our way of praying, it’s our way of living, and above all being in the city we need balance, so we walk in two worlds, we have city life and traditional life, which many a lot of people don’t know about it, but it’s my life,” Edwards said.
It’s a life filled with music and family. His mother says that’s where he’s from.
“All his songs have some sort of connection to his culture. He sings powwows, hand drums, ceremonies, sweat, he’s a songwriter, a song keeper, a dancer, he’s a weed dancer,” says Annabelle Edwards.
And the rewards poured in.
Antoine won three awards in 2020 and 2021 with the Omaha Hip Hop Awards and won the International Indigenous Hip Hop Award for Best R&B Album in 2022. Now he hopes to add to his collection when he travels to Niagara Falls for the Native American Music Awards. .
“It was just different for people to hear traditional aboriginal songs. They’re not used to it and seeing us in a setting where we’re wearing the same hats as them, we look like someone they wouldn’t expect to be traditional and sing that way,” he says. he.
“We’re overwhelmed with happiness, we’re proud of him, we’re excited for him, and I know this is just the beginning,” says Annabelle.
“People say ‘I’ll believe it when I see it.’ and what we’re saying is ‘We’ll see it when we believe it.’ That’s how I live my life,” says Antoine.
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