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Photos from Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life, courtesy CineFocus-Paquin Pictures

Groundbreaker, artist, musician and activist, Buffy Sainte-Marie’s powerful song, No No Keshagesh, adds award-winning clout and passion to Tzeporah Berman’s webisode and campaign.

Keshagesh means Greedy Guts. It’s what you call a little puppy who eats his own dinner and then wants everybody else’s.” Buffy explains about the song title.

Buffy’s accomplishments include everything from being the first person to receive the APCMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award to winning a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for her song  Up Where We Belong, the theme song for An Officer and a Gentleman.

If you haven’t checked it out, CineFocus Canada, the company that created GreenHeroes, also produced a one hour documentary on the legendary singer/songwriter, Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life. While making the documentary, Buffy told director, Joan Prowse, about the song and its environmental “call to action” message. When creating the webisode on Tzeporah, Joan paired the two activists together remembering the apt message of Buffy’s song.

No No Keshagesh is on “Running for the Drum”, co-produced with another GreenHero musician Chris Birkett. The album gave  Buffy Sainte MarieJuno award for Best Aboriginal Artist,  an Aboriginal’s People Choice Music Award (APCMA) for Best Folk Album, Best Female Artist at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and Best Single & Songwriter  for  No No Keshagesh.

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, speaking up for our environment matters. Share the story of how you are spreading the word about an issue that is destroying our planet by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero! Contest details and more information can be found here.

Producer, engineer, writer and musician; Chris Birkett is a musical power storm! Chris’ music is featured in Bill Lishman’s webisode, a perfect fit for a musician well acquainted with ambition and philanthropy.

His collaborations have helped sell more than 100 million records over the last 30 years, putting to use his own skills as a musician and his technical and production abilities.

His career began as a guitarist in Memphis, and has since expanded to include 2 Ampex Golden reel awards and gold and platinum discs for his production/engineering work.

Chris co-produced “Running for the drum” with Canadian artist Buffy Sainte Marie, which won a Juno award for best aboriginal artist in 2009.

Photo credit: Matt McGee (Flickr)

Chris was eager to be a part of GreenHeroes to forward the environmental cause. He’s no stranger to charity; His first solo artist single “Where do we go from here”, was included on the Polygram album One Voice One Love alongside other artists U2, Peter Gabriel, Dire Straits, Bob Marley, Tears for fears and Queen. The royalties for this song were donated to raise money for the CARE international charity for Africa.

Some familiar names of those he has collaborated with: Led Zeppelin, The Kane Gang, Hans Zimmer, Randy Newman, Rod Temperton, Quincy Jones, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Osibisa, Mica Paris, Trevor Horn, John Otway, Def Leppard and many more.

You can watch and listen to Chris’ music on his myspace page or on YouTube. His latest album, Freedom, is available on iTunes.

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Chris Birkett in studio

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