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Aboriginal Music Week 2014 starts on Wednesday!

August 18, 2014

DJ Javier Estrada

The sixth annual Aboriginal Music Week kicks off with the Opening Night Reception on Wednesday, August 20. The event will feature an exclusive set by perhispanico and trap tribal creator DJ Javier Estrada for 75 lucky guests.

Estrada is set to take the stage at 8pm and has 120 minutes Indigenous-infused global bass ready for the night.

Reception invitations have been sent out, but Festival Pass holders are also able join in on the festivities.

Festival Passes can still be purchased for $40 on the website. The passes provide complimentary access to the Opening Night Reception, Borderless Music Lounge presented by Rhythm 104.7FM, and the Saturday Night Summer Jam presented by kimiwan 'zine.

Aboriginal Music Week 2014 festival poster

Festival highlights:

  • Two big nights of free concerts featuring George Leach, Leela Gilday, Burnt-Project 1 and guest at The Cube in Old Market Square (Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23 from 6pm-11pm, nightly).
  • Three big community celebrations with free concerts, free BBQ, activities for kids, and music workshops at Turtle Island Community Centre (510 King Street), St. John's Park (Mountain & Main), and the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre (430 Langside).
  • An Indigenous DJ showcase at the Windsor Hotel on Thursday, August 21.
  • A free open mic at the Windsor Hotel on Friday, August 22.
  • One of Native Winnipeg's hottest nightclub parties of the summer at the Pyramid Cabaret on Saturday, August 23.

About DJ Javier Estrada
Originating from Monterrey, Nuevo León in Mexico, DJ Javier Estrada is an electronic music producer with a gigantic catalogue that features self-styled genres like "prehispanico," "nativo americano pow pow power," and "trap-tribal."

"I believe that in order to create [music] one has to look back," explains Estrada in an interview with the MTV Iggy blog. "I think we have a genetic code where these sounds come from within – it’s something that’s inside our own organisms, to put it that way. So, to hear these sounds that were made thousands of years ago makes us feel things again and that’s exciting."

Estrada has performed at a number of Latin American festivals, including Nrmal, Festival Marvin, and the legendary Vive Latino in SOL Mexico City. He has also shared a bill with A Tribe Called Red in New York City and counts Diplo's Mad Decent record label as one of his key supporters.