I bought this CD for my friend's mom who has been wanting this CD for years. When she told me about it, I could see in her face that she wanted it really bad. I looked it up in the internet, when I finally found it available I was excited to receive it and give it to her. Luckily I got it in perfect condition in original packaging even in the original plastic wrapping. Plus the shipping was very fast. Thanks for the great service, her expression today was priceless.
I sincerely pity those who don't know FLORENT VOLLANT yet.
Although there are songs in this album that I seldom listen to, the best ones alone make this CD worth 5*. I have compiled my favourites from it together with my favourites from his first album, KATAK, and this makes for a powerful compilation.
I would have written a review for both albums years ago, if only I could do them justice; but it's hard to describe the magic of songs like Tshishe Manitu ( Great Spirit ), an entrancing prayer, or Makue (actually sung by a friend of his, Gabriel Jourdain), with its overwhelmingly mystical feel.
Nipaiamianan, a naturally meditative album brimming with passion, is a Christmas album, but the songs I love in it do not remind me of Christmas, and can be listened to ALL YEAR round. On the other hand, a small number of them are well-known classic Christmas songs and I have a problem with these, since I never really enjoy hearing 'mainstream' music that everybody has heard a thousand times ( they are however sung in Innu too, and Florent's uncomparable voice does give them a new freshness and purity - The title song Nipaiamianan for example is a relatively well-known song, but I did not recognize it for a long time! It is actually among my favourites' compilation ).
FLORENT VOLLANT ( formerly of the duo KASHTIN) is a songwriter, composer and singer, so most of his songs are his, and he sings in his beautiful INNU tongue ( Native American from Subarctic Canada / Northern Quebec & Labrador). He explains that in this album, he has gathered together the seasonal songs he remembers from his childhood, some that were only known to the Innu, and some that we all know, but all are sung in INNU.
Marginally contributing are other special artists such as Zachary Richard and Richard Seguin.
Of course, I recommend his first album KATAK too (and compiling the two together in one's own order). His third and latest album, Eku Mamu, is a good follow-up, but I wouldn't start with it if I didn't know Florent Vollant yet.
" On n'est pas prophête en son propre pays" - Not one review here yet, in Florent Vollant's own country? Shame.