The Ouje-Bougoumou duo of Richard Bosum and Kenny Mianscum really know how to rock the house.
Their concert at the St. Elias convention centre in Haines Junction, Yukon, drew approximately 500 people over two days.
Sharing the duties of playing the acoustic guitar and singing in Cree, Mandaau belted out some of the originals that appear on their current self-titled album.
The concert was the first time the duo performed in a non-native community. “It was fun and exciting, something different,” said Kenny Mianscum, who has also been performing solo for many years and is set to release a six-song E.R in November or December.
The duo has been together for “three or four years” and they hope to one day have their music heard in many other places.
CBC’s True North Concert was held on August 13th and 14th and featured bona fide northern talents. Acts included the Dakwakada Dancers, classical guitarist Ryan Enns, Yukon singer-songwriters Anne Louise Genest and Kim Beggs and Maliotenam’s own drummer/singer Cyrille Fontaine.
“If you believe in yourself, you can follow your dream,” said Mianscum. “There are a lot of obstacles along the way but that shouldn’t deter anyone from their goals and aspirations in life.”