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Leonard Sumner

Leonard Sumner

For me, country music and hip hop have always provided the perfect soundtrack for the Native experience in Canada...

Especially on the Reserve - so I use both to bridge the gaps between generations, cultures, and locations. I find comfort in the simple chords of old time country songs; I find comfort in the vocal traditions or Merle Haggard and Hank Williams Sr.; and, I find strength in the bravado and cadence of hip hop culture. I think a lot of Native kids share my experience. I think a lot of Canadians need to hear my message.

www.leonardsumner.com/