Allan and Christian Nabinacaboo are brothers from the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach, who began making music at an early age. The group’s name is inspired by the history of the land we live on and issues indigenous people face: drug addiction, alcoholism, colonialism, racism, crimes, and violence. They want to give voice to their community, and to all indigenous people. They work hard to make their music known and to be heard. Being isolated without a stable internet connection was hard for them to get their music out there to be known.
Regardless, for years they honed their craft in their home basement to eventually performing in shows in reservations across Quebec, such as the First People’s Festival in Montreal and Innu Nikamun in Maliotanam. This was followed by their self-titled debut release in 2014, produced my legendary Grammy-award winning engineer/producer, David Strickland.
After moving to Montreal to further their education in music production and business, older brother Allan had a terrible accident that took the lives a cousin and a friend, leaving him critically injured. After months of physical therapy and a painful recovery, he uses his traumatic experience to overcome those hardships, not to give up, and pursue music for the people, sending a message that you can overcome anything.
They were featured in articles, such as The Nation and SAY Magazine, along with radio interviews including CBC North and Florida’s Indigenous in Music and Arts with Larry Knudsen. In 2019, Violent Ground releases their 1st studio album titled “Difference”. Produced by long-time music maker, Marlon Grant, the album reflects on the trials and tribulations endured since they released their first album. With the help of their long-time friend and Manager, Steve Einish, they travelled to remote communities to promote their album.
The record also talks about issues the indigenous people face today, as well as the past, with content such as the mistreatment of the natives and land, bullying, racism, and daily struggles. They add flow and flare in their music, but with even more melodic vocals and powerful messages. The album garnered attention and were nominated for 4 categories at the Gala de Musique Autochtone Teweikan in Quebec, winning 3 awards. In 2020, they did a workshop in their home community for the youth focusing on songwriting and production. In 2021, they were nominated for Hip-Hop Album of the Year at the first ever International Indigenous Hip-Hop Awards. Today, they continue to pursue music and follow their passion.