Asani, a contemporary a cappella Aboriginal women's trio from Canada, officially formed in April 1997. Asani is taken from the Cree word asiniy, which means rock. Debbie Houle, Sherryl Sewepagaham and Sarah Pocklington carry with them the traditional influences of First Nations and Metis music. Asani's repertoire is comprised primarily of original compositions in Woodland Cree and English and their musical styles encompass the spectrum from songs that reflect their musical traditions accompanied by drums and rattles, to the contemporary sounds of jazz, folk and blues. Since the release of their 2005 debut CD Rattle & Drum, Asani has received 8 nominations and awards throughout Canada and the U.S. Rattle & Drum received the 2005 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Best Female Traditional/Cultural Roots album, a 2005 Western Canadian Music Award nomination, a 2006 Native American Music Award nomination, and a 2006 Juno Award nomination for Aboriginal Recording of the Year. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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