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Searchlight 2017: 5 non-English acts you should hear

Tahiat Mahboob


February 22, 2017


From Farsi to Spanish to Inuktitut and beyond, we look at the best non-English Searchlight entries in the list below. Iqaluit, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver — the artists featured here hail from all over Canada. Scroll down to listen.

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Who: Shaemara feat. Jes Cho
Song: "Shadow"
Languages: English, Korean
About: Part chill, part moody, Shaemara combines electric, R&B, and soul with Jes Cho’s Korean rap in this song.

Who: Cody Coyote feat. Vision Quest
"Northern Lights"
English, Ojibwe
Contemporary hip-hop, rap and the Ojibwe language blend together perfectly in this song of gratitude from Ottawa artist Cody Coyote.

Who: Tahere Falahati
Song: "Mahrame Raaz"
Language: Farsi
About: Tahere Falahati’s song, rooted in traditional Iranian music, is richly layered with strings and percussion and packs in a surprise halfway through.

Who: The Jerry Cans
Song: "Ukiuq"
Language: Inuktitut
About: This foot-tapping track from the Jerry Cans is a unique mix of Inuktitut alt-country, throat singing, and reggae, inspired by their hometown of Iqaluit.

Who: Rafael & Energía Dominicana
Song: "Margarita"
Language: Spanish
About: Rafael & Energía Dominicana’s infectious and energetic track is reminiscent of Puerto Rican bomba music and a great tune to dance to.

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