Mixed-race musicians Brava Kilo & Annie Sumi are tracing their histories through Kintsugi, a new anti-racist, interactive, multi-disciplinary art installation which reflects on racial identity, healing ancestral trauma, and the fragmented history of the Japanese Canadian internment.
The duo are sharing “Chattels,” taken from the collaborative Kintsugi EP, inspired by archival documentation which listed their ancestors’ belongings that were confiscated and auctioned off during that period of time. This song acknowledges the impact of stolen heirlooms and the process of healing ancestral trauma.
The experimental track combines spoken word over playful beats, melodies, and rhythms, juxtaposing the weight of the lyrical content, which lists items from the collection of Kilo and Sumi’s lost family heirlooms which were auctioned. The Kinstugi installation can be experienced at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto, Ontario, beginning October 14.