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Have you ever heard of Chiac (English-influenced variety of Acadian French)? Neither had we. Meet Radio Radio, a duo consisting of Gabriel Louis Bernard Malenfant and Jacques Alphonse Doucet that raps in Chiac. Formed in 2007, Radio Radio is a Canadian electro hip-hop band from Clare, Nova Scotia. Influenced by the bilingual roots of Canada it only made sense to bring Radio Radio to Kejimkujik National Park for the latest Infiniment Canada episode: The Many Sides Of Keji. Learn more about the band and their experience in Kejimkujik National Park below…
Radio Radio, how did you first get into music?
Jacques: I got into music a bit by accident when I wrote a song for an English project in high school and then a french song for a contest a couple months later.
Gabriel: I learned to play guitar when I was like 15 to be able to jam with my cousins that were all great musicians. When I was 17 bought my first turntables. Fell in love with the art of turntablism. Played with many bands back home from Jazz, to Folk to Rock.
What about Canada inspires your music?
Jacques: Canada is a bilingual country and I’m a bilingual person so that lets me do music in whatever language I want. Canada represents so many different cultures. I believe the music created here should represent that.
Gabriel: The Acadians have a long history with natives. They were taken under the wing of Mi’kmaq when they first arrived. We had a strong family bond with them and hence with mother nature. This notion of connectivity with all permeates all I do.
Canada represents so many different cultures. I believe the music created here should represent that.
What did your trip to Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site mean to you?
Jacques: The trip to Keji was fun because I’ve been there so many times as a kid but not so much as an adult. The trip was a reminder that Nova Scotia has woods and lakes, not just ocean and rocks.
Gabriel: Just felt great to get away from the city and tap into mother nature a bit and even with Jacques, who I rarely hang out alone with. It was fun.
What is the main reason you want to go back to Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site?
Jacques: I’d like to go back to Keji someday with my kids so they can see the stars without light pollution. Also to see if they like nature more than me.
Gabriel: Star gazing. I don’t think I have ever seen stars so bright. You could even see the space dust!
What was the funniest thing that happened behind the scenes of making the episode?
Gabriel: Just seeing Jacques having to act all touristy in the wild. He is not a wilderness guy. His idea of fun in nature is playing golf. He has often spoken about writing a book called ”The Great Indoors”… I kid you not.
What was the best thing you ate or drank on your trip to Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site?
Jacques: The best drink on the trip was a liquor from Still Fired Distilleries in Annapolis Royal called Granny’s Apple Pie Moonshine.
Gabriel: Probably the fish and chips right outside Keji park at the Wilder!
Which Canadian National Park would you like to visit next?
Jacques: The next Canadian National Park on my list might be Banff National Park because I’ve never been and it looks huge!