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Neemaste Productions
Box 55032 Fairmount
H2T 3E2 Canada

Some years ago Leonard Cohen wrote a couple of verses while sitting with Neema which he then gifted to her and told her to write a great song one day. Those lines became the first verse and bridge of her song Angel Undercover. We are very happy it has been selected as a finalist in the Adult Contemporary Category of the Canadian Songwriting Competition. Elsa’s Lullaby was also selected as semi-finalist in the Folk Category. Watch videos for both in the Visuals section below.

Neema returned to Wekweeti for two weeks to produce the children’s Christmas concert at the Alexis Arrowmaker school and to take professional photos of the school kids and community members. It has been over 18 years since the first time she went to the community as their First Nation Band Manager in 1999. Her role there has transformed over time from community manager for several years, to assisting in the Tlicho land claims and self government negotiations, to photographer on their canoe trips and giving songwriting workshops to the youth. Always growing and learning together.


Neema Bio


World traveler, former First Nation community manager, mentored by Leonard Cohen, Neema brings a lot of living to the stories she sets to beguiling contemporary folk music.  And she’s already attracted plenty of big name attention:  backing vocal support from Emmylou Harris; production help from Pierre Marchand and Daryl Johnson; opening slots for Elton John, Jeff Beck, Joe Cocker, Jesse Winchester, Lyle Lovett and Cyndi Lauper, and the aforementioned mentorship of a Canadian legend.

Her third studio album, Painting My Wall Gold was released in 2016. It was recorded while Neema was pregnant with her son, and produced with Daryl Johnson (Daniel Lanois) and Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, The Wailin Jennys). It opens with ‘For You’, Neema’s mettā song inspired by Buddhist meditation and features performance by Emmylou Harris. This song won runner-up in the folk/roots category of the International Acoustic Music Awards. The second song ‘Angel Undercover’ was a finalist in the Canadian Songwriting Competition.

Painting My Wall Gold is a beautiful, sophisticated, globally-infused, and electronically-enhanced album of modern folk music that draws heavily on themes of acceptance and equanimity. Neema’s lyrics, poetic in their ambiguity and sprinkled with visual metaphors and spiritual allusions, transcend the personal triumphs and tragedies that gave them life, evoking instead the raw emotional essence of the situations that inspired them.

Her second album Watching You Think was released in June 2010 and was produced with Leonard Cohen and long-time Sarah McLachlan collaborator Pierre Marchand. The Globe and Mail called it “A stunner.” Cohen also drew a portrait of her as the album’s cover and has said of her “in the midst of all the static, a voice of true feeling arises – a rare event”.

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Painting My Wall Gold – NEeMA’s latest studio release produced with Mark Howard and Daryl Johnson, and featuring Emmylou Harris.

Leave the Light On –               NEeMA’s first live album recorded during her European tour and Montreal concerts in 2011.

Watching You Think –           NEeMA’s 2010 studio release produced in association with Leonard Cohen and Pierre Marchand.

Masì Cho –                        NEeMA’s debut album. It was released on October 10th, 2006. The title track means Thank You in Tlicho.



Angel Undercover

Masi Video – filmed in Cairo, Egypt

Elsa’s Lullaby Video – a song about love, a woman and her dog

Down from the North : A mini-documentary about NEeMA




World traveler, former First Nation community manager, mentored by Leonard Cohen, Montreal’s Neema brings a lot of living to the stories she sets to beguiling contemporary folk music.


Neemaste Productions Inc.
Box 55032 Fairmount
H2T 3E2 Canada