MTV’s Debut Episode of ‘Rebel Music’ to Feature Native American Artists
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November marks ‘Native American Heritage Month,’ and MTV World is taking this time to focus the debut episode of its acclaimed series, ‘Rebel Music,’ on Native American musicians and activists.
‘Rebel Music: Native America’ will premiere on MTV’s Facebook on Nov. 13, with additional airings on mtvU, MTV2 and other streaming networks. Check out the preview of the show above.
The episode will explore the lives and art of young Native American musicians, including Sicangu Lakota hip-hop artist Frank Waln, pop singer Inez Jasper, hip-hop artist Nataanii Means and rapper Mike Clifford.
Fronted by a production team featuring Native American filmmaker Billy Luther as director, artist Shepard Fairey as executive producer and Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace as music director, ‘Rebel Music: Native America’ seeks to illuminate many of the issues facing indigenous people — high suicide rates, sexual violence and adverse health effects from environmental disasters — and how these young artists are exposing these issues through their music.
“As indigenous peoples all over the world, we’ve been dehumanized so much, and this music is a powerful tool to express our humanity,” Waln says in the episode’s new trailer.
The 30-minute episode is the first of a six-part documentary series that will go on to explore young artists in Iran, Myanmar, Senegal, Turkey and Venezuela.