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PERSON OF INTEREST: Meet the hip hop artist who nearly won a Juno for an album mixed on his phone (video) chats with Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie, whose debut 'Round Dance & Beats' is making waves in the Indigenous music scene

Welcome to a brand-new episode of's Person of Interest.

The idea of this new series is very simple: Each episode, we'll profile an interesting Sudburian. It may be someone you already know, or a complete stranger. But it will be one of the many, many people in our community whose story is just begging to be told.

In this episode, we're going to meet a young Indigenous musician whose debut album is making a lot of waves — it was nominated for not one but two Indigenous Music Awards and, just for good measure, a Juno Award.
His name is Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie and his first album, "Round Dance & Beats," is interesting for two reasons.

First, he's found a way to fuse traditional drum circle chants and powwow songs with hip hop-inspired beats and modern production.

And second, he produced the thing on his phone. 

Recently, we caught up with Bryden at his home studio in New Sudbury to get to know him and his music a little better.

If you haven't yet heard of him, allow us to introduce you to this rising star who's making a name for himself in the Indigenous music scene.

Make sure to follow Bryden on Facebook and check out his album, "Round Dance & Beats," on iTunes.

If you have an idea for our next Person of Interest, get in touch by emailing or tweet @CallamRodya.

And, check back to for more new episodes of Person of Interest in the coming weeks.