Millbrook drummers lead Powwow Idol competition

Jason Malloy
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MILLBROOK - A Millbrook-based drum group is in top spot after the first round of Powwow Idol.
A Tribe Called Mi'kmaq received the most votes in the first round of the online contest similar to Canada or American Idol.
"It feels good, but we know we have our work cut out for us," said member David Meuse. "That's only the first round, it's only the beginning, we've got another nine rounds to go."
The online contest seeks to find the best unsigned powwow drum group in North America. Bands sent in two songs and people could go online and listen to them and vote for their favourites.
Voting is now open for the second round while the final round will close on May 31.
A Tribe Called Mi'kmaq was formed a year ago when some men in Millbrook decided they wanted to drum and sing together. Now there are 19 people, both men and women, in the group.
It is comprised of experienced and new singers and while based in Millbrook, members come from across Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
The grand prize is a recording contract with a prominent recording company. The winner also will be the host drum for the largest powwow in the world, to be held in New Mexico, will become the host drum for a cruise and have a website created for them as well as receiving a new drum.
But above the prizes, the group said the exposure the contest gives the group is invaluable.
The group, which said it has been called the song birds of their generation, says its success would not have been possible without the support of many people, groups and communities throughout the region.

Geographic location: Millbrook, Canada, North America Nova Scotia Prince Edward Island New Mexico

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