LINCOLN, NE - On this edition of Native Sounds-Native Voices (NS-NV) co-hosts Aden (Sioux) and Alex featured a special Halloween show. They included the always awesome Blacklodge Singers. Aden and Alex featured “Monster Mash" and “Scooby Doo” by the Blacklodge Singers, among other great Halloween jams. This show is a fan favorite and sure will put any trick or treater in the Halloween spirit.
My favorite song from the playlist is “The Windego” by Brook Monkman. The Windego is a spirit that enters into a human and together they consume the flesh of the living. Stories of the Windego go back to the Inca civilization. Listen to this song and other crazy Halloween songs from NS-NV every Thursday morning from 8-10 a.m. C.T. Log-on to www.KZUM.org and www.AIROS.org.
Robert Mirabal is a Taos Pueblo member. He was born and raised on the Taos Pueblo. He is a two-time Grammy winner, flute maker, composer and painter. He has dedicated his life to living a traditional lifestyle. That means he lives without electricity, running water and grows his own food. Tobias Grant, production assistant, interviewed Robert Mirabal. Roberts talks about his music, growing up on the Taos Pueblo and cultural aspects of his life. Included in this blog are the top 5 songs from Robert Mirabal.
Lincoln, NE - This edition of Native Sounds-Native Voices (NS-NV) co-hosts Aden (Sioux) and Alex bring the best in contemporary Native music. In the ‘70s a lot of political activism was going on through the country. For example, there were the hippies and their message of free love to the Black Panther movement. Native Americans were also involved with protests for civil rights. Alcatraz was a starting point for Native students from Berkley University to protest broken Native American treaties. Native leaders like John Trudell and Mitch Walking Elk have turned their passion into a musical art form.
Lincoln, NE - On this edition of Native Sounds-Native Voices Aden (Sioux) and Alex are in the mood for songs about good ol frybread. They featured songs that are about awesome tasty frybread. These songs are hilarious in a cheesy sort of way.
Frybread is not a traditional part of Native Americans' diet. When we were put on Reservations was when frybread was discovered. With all the right ingredients frybread has become a well-known food item to try at any Pow-wow or Native social gathering. Native people have found humor in frybread and this playlist pokes fun at it.
Also included in the playlist are the 1970’s Native rock band XIT. XIT was the unofficial rock band of A.I.M. (American Indian Movement) during their political protests for Native American rights. Today, musicians like Micki Free and Native group Indigenous lead the way for Native American music. NS-NV is proud to bring all these awesome Native artists together for a couple hours a week during the live broadcast of NS-NV. Listen live to NS-NV every Thursday morning from 8–10 a.m. C.T. on www.AIROS.org and www.KZUM.org.
Lincoln, NE - On this edition of Native Sounds-Native Voices (NS-NV) Aden (Sioux) and Alex put together a playlist of Native Reggae and Hip Hop music. Native Americans are recognized for their flute music but the implementation of the drum in Native culture goes back for centuries. For example, in the Native American Church participants incorporate a water drum and a rattle. This practice dates back to before Columbus’s arrival. The drum beat in Reggae and Hip Hop is a contemporary version of the beats and rhythms from pre-colonial America. A couple of the Native artists in this playlist have songs with some sort of message in their music and other artists in this playlist have won awards from music organizations like the Native American Music Awards and Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards in Canada. Artists such as Joey Stylez who is nominated for Male Entertainer of the Year by the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards, is a Hip Hop artist became a business owner when he started his own record label. He knows what life is like on the Reservation and is determined to represent his people in a positive way. Recently, I interviewed Joey Stylez about his upbringing, his music and his business ventures. Be sure to listen to the live broadcast of NS-NV every Thursday morning from 8-10 a.m. C.T. on the web at KZUM.org and AIROS.org.
Lincoln, NE - On this edition of Native Sounds-Native Voices (NS-NV) Aden (Sioux) and Alex featured a playlist of Hand Game songs. The Hand Game has been a part of Native American culture for more than two centuries. Lewis and Clark were the first to document the games during their expedition through Idaho. Native Americans use the Hand Games as an ice breaker when tribes host social gatherings. Since then, the Hand Game has remained a part of the Native American culture. The Hand Games are played with two teams or two people, one person will hide the bone in one hand and the other person will guess which hand is hiding the bone in it. Someone else will keep score and a couple of other people will keep an eye out for cheating. Today the Hand Games are an opportunity for Native Americans to come together, socialize and have a great time. Co-hosts Aden and Alex found a few traditional Hand Game songs and some contemporary Hand Game songs from Native artists. For more information about the Hand Game log-on to visionmaker.org and check out the trailer from “Hand Game”. Also listen live to NS-NV on the web at http://kzum.org/ and http://airos.org/ every Thursday morning from 8 – 10 a.m. C.T.
Lincoln, NE - On this edition of Native Sounds-Native Voices (NS-NV) co-hosts Aden (Sioux) and Alex featured an hour of relaxing Hawaiian music to bring an end to summer. This was a great way for NS-NV to sign off the summer. The smooth sound of the slack key brings memories of Hawaii. Tourists pack into Hawaii all year long for numerous reasons. One reason why tourists return are the sounds of the slack key guitar. Included in the playlist is a cover of “Over the Rainbow” originally sang by Judy Garland from the motion picture “The Wizard of Oz”. If you can’t get enough Hawaiian music check out the blog post titled “King Kamahameha Day on NS-NV”. On the blog page is a playlist that was featured on NS-NV and dedicated to King Kamahameha. Listen live to NS-NV every Thursday morning from 8 - 10 a.m. C.T. at www.KZUM.org or www.AIROS.org
Lincoln, NE - This edition of Native Sounds-Native Voices (NS-NV), co-hosts Aden (Sioux) and Alex produced a rock genre playlist including all Native Rock bands and rock artists. For those listeners who are fans of rock music this is a opportunity to widen that Native rock playlist for the ipod. Unlike the rock stations on the radio dial these songs are from Native artists that cover a Native vibe and excellent tunes. For example, Blackfire is a politically driven Naitve rock band. Web users can find more information about blackfire at their website www.blackfire.net. Another awesome native rock band is Clan/Destine.Clan/Destine blends contemporary influences to their heritage and creating a perfect balance of new with the old. For more information about Clan/Destine log-on to their website www.clan-destine.com. Catch a new episode of NS-NV every Thursday from 8 - 10 a.m. C.T. at www.KZUM.org and www.AIROS.org.
Martha Redbone is of the Choctaw and Shawnee Nations. She is also of African descent. When Martha was younger she learned how to play piano and also the guitar from her father. Instead of chasing a dream of signing a big record deal, she went to art school to earn a degree. Martha was working as a graphic designer in England when music entered into her life again. Because she had a background with music, she was asked to sing backup vocals. It was during this time that she was mentored by Junie Morrison of Parliament Funkadelic. Since then, Martha's talents have taken her to the next level in music. In 2002, she won a NAMMY award for Best Debut Artist.
Aden Marshall recently spoke with Martha Redbone about her music, her upcoming album and her experience as a Native American in New York City. For more information about Martha Redbone log-on to her website at www.martharedbone.com or to follow her on social networking site MySpace at www.myspace.com/martharedbonemusic.
This edition of NS-NV, we celebrate the Native Music Rocks festivals. Native Music Rocks is a project that is funded by the Seminole Tribe of Florida and is led by Micki Free (Cherokee and Comanche). Also performing with Micki are Keith Secola (Ojibwa) and Casper Lomayesva (Navajo and Hopi). We thought we would include some songs from these artist, sort like a preview of their concerts. If going to these concerts is not an option then tune into Native Sounds-Native Voices every Thursday morning from 8 – 10 a.m. CT for great Native Music that rocks. Log onto the web at www.KZUM.org and www.AIROS.org.