Legacy Series

The Indigenous Music Awards is proud to introduce our Legacy Series. Each week we will feature an Indigenous musician or industry member who has contributed invaluably to the Indigenous music community.


Legacy #3 - RED BULL

Before Red Bull changed their name they were known as the Little Pine Singers. 

Edmund Bull, the main composer and leader of the group, made the name change in 1987.

They are one of the most requested Pow Wow drum groups in the world. They have toured Turtle Island and Europe.

In 1995, Red Bull performed on Buffy Sainte-Marie's album Up Where We Belong, which won a Juno award.

Red Bull has also been honoured with four Indigenous Music Awards in the Best Pow Wow - Traditional CD and Best Hand Drum CD categories.


Legacy #2 - SUGLUK

Sugluk was a rock band from Salluit (formerly known as Sugluk) in northern Quebec. 

Although they only recorded two singles, they toured extensively in the 1970s and 1980s. Sugluk, led by singer George Kakayuk and guitarist Tayara Papigatuk, wrote songs in Inuktitut and English. 

One of their singles ajuinnarasuarsunga appears on the compilation album Native North America Vol. 1.


Legacy #1 - MILDRED BAILEY


Mildred Bailey was from Coeur d’Alene reservation in Washington. She worked as a pianist in movie theatres and a singer in speakeasies. She eventually moved to Los Angeles where she inspired her brother and his friend Bing Crosby to move to pursue their careers. In 1929, she joined the King of Jazz, Paul Whiteman’s orchestra and became the first featured female vocalist in a big band. Her recording of the song Georgia on My Mind went top 10 in the U.S. in 1931.