This Week on Earthsongs: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Mar 5, 2018

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

  Artist, musician, writer, and poet Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is Mississauga Nishnaabe and a member of Alderville First Nation. Leanne’s unique spoken songs and soundscapes are built from personal experience. Her 2016 album f(l)ight sees Indigenous life through a powerfully intimate pairing of poetry and music. Combining the words fight and light, Leanne wanted the title of the album to reflect both the struggle and the warmth of Native people. F(l)ight is a collaborative effort, including in the process Cree/Metis cellist Cris Derksen, Ojibwe/Cree singer-songwriter Tara Williamson, and Anishinaabe singer-songwriter Ansley Simpson among others. Alongside her music career, Leanne’s fiction and poetry have been published in C Magazine, Geist, The Walrus, and Arc Poetry Magazine.

f(l)ight (2016)


Artist (Song) Album

  1. Bill Miller (Tumbleweed) Spirit Songs: The Best of Bill Miller
  2. Simon Lynge (Hallelujah) The Map of Your Life
  3. A Tribe Called Red (Sila feat. Tanya Tagaq) We Are The Halluci Nation
  4. Small Time Giants (We Are The Arctic – Single)
  5. Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (The Oldest Tree in the World) f(l)ight
  6. Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Road Salt) f(l)ight
  7. Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (These Two) f(l)ight
  8. The Jerry Cans (Ukiuq) Inuusiq
  9. William Prince (7 – Single)
  10. Tara Williamson (Little Star) Songs to Keep Us Warm