We take a look back at 2015 through the music. On this pre-recorded program you’ll hear the voices of some of the musicians that graced our airwaves this year. From the Native American flute to jazz and R&B to rock, the Native musicians that we caught up with this year brought a lot of great rhythms to our Native airwaves. Was there a particular music maker you that taught you a thing or two about their nation this year?
This month we bring a blend of electronic sound and harmonic voice rhythms to our national talking circle. Verdell Primeaux and Johnny Mike have teamed up once again on the new CD “Road to Peace.” This time they are lending their voices to a more contemporary intermingling of sound–including teaming up with hip-hop artist Twista. Although they’re bringing a new sound into Native America with their songs, both singers fall back on their traditions and cultural understanding as they move through the notes. We invite you to join us as we open our program to their music and story.
Guests: recording artists Johnny Mike (Navajo) and Verdell Primeaux (Oglala Sioux/Ponca)
Break Music: Wiconi (song) Primeaux & Mike (artist) Road to Peace (album)
Native recording artist Fawn Wood (Cree/Salish) is known for her inspirational harmonies. For years she’s shared her voice on the powwow trail and in the places closest to her cultures and traditions. Fawn comes from a strong singing family and has extended an invitation to other powerful voices to join her on her latest album “Kikāwiynaw,” which translates to “our mother.” It’s a mix of round dance, hand game and traditional rhythms. Some of the extra voices on this 13-song collection include Randy, Raven and Cindy Jim Wood. In this hour, we hear more about this project and why Fawn continues to bring attention to the strength of Indigenous women across our Native Nations.
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Break Music: It’s Our Arbor Tonight (song) Fawn Wood Featuring Kevin Yazzie (artist) Kikāwiynaw (album)
This month Native blues will ricochet out of Studio 49 as the Marc Brown and the Blues Crew join our Native airwaves. “Still Got the Blues” is the 12th album released by the band’s front man Marc Brown, a Koyukon Athabaskan from the Huslia Tribe musician. This collection of music is a solid invitation to the dancefloor for any blues lover. We invite you to get down with us and our August Music Maker.
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Break Music: Nulato (song) Marc Brown and the Blues Crew (artist) Still Got the Blues (album)
It’s time to take things to Oklahoma and the dance arena. This month, we welcome the vibrancy and smoothness of the old-time round dance songs from the southern plains with the album “Songs of Our Old People.” These songs are known for their distinct vocal patterns and beat. We invite you to learn more about the origins of the Oklahoma round dance style as we visit with one of the voices behind this album, Kenneth Cozad of the Kiowa and Comanche Nations, our June Music Makers on Native America Calling.
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Kenneth Cozad (Kiowa/ Comanche) – Traditional Musician
Break Music: Learned from the late Joe Cozad (song) Various Artists (artists) Songs of Our Old People
This month, we let the music of the Delbert Anderson Trio whisk us away. This group features Navajo musician Delbert Anderson and was born from a love of jazz music and need to jam. Their album, titled “Manitou,” highlights the trio’s ability to stretch music to create a big sound. Echoes of Native culture are heard in some of the compositions, as well as some pretty funky beats. We invite you to join us for our May Music Maker edition as we visit with the Delbert Anderson Trio.
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Break Music: Groove Warrior (song) Delbert Anderson Trio (artist) Manitou (album)
The soulful music of Inuit singer Karina Moeller is one way to jump into spring. Many people know her as one of the voices of the funk-inspired group Pamyua. Her new album “Simplify” puts the spotlight on her voice and musical ability, including her songwriting skills. The 12-track CD includes the sound of her loved ones and her Inuit culture. There are also gracefully constructed songs that are sure to feed any listener’s thirst for a little Indigenous R&B. We invite you to join us as we open our hour to Karina Moeller, our April Music Maker.
Break Music: Inuk (song) Karina Moeller (artist) Simplify (album)
Crow Nation recording artist Cary Morin is back with his third solo release, “Tiny Town.” He’s bringing a lot of blues and soul in his 14-track album. He’s noted for his enthusiastic picking styles and narrative lyrics. We invite you to join us as we put the musical spotlight on our latest Music Maker on Native America Calling.
Break Music: When the Levee Breaks (song) Cary Morin (artist) Tiny Town (album)
Native recording artist R. Carlos Nakai (Navajo/Ute) has shared his captivating sounds with the world for decades, including the beauty of the Native flute. His music has also connected listeners to Native American culture and tradition. This month we lend an ear to a special reissue of his number one #1 selling album, “Canyon Trilogy Deluxe Platinum Edition,” which includes never released tracks. We invite you to join us as we visit with R. Carlos Nakai – our January 2014 Music Maker on Native America Calling.
Break Music: Mysteries Past (Song) Canyon Trilogy Deluxe Platinum Edition (album) R. Carlos Nakai (artist)
Today we will hear from the Native musicians who brought their work to Studio 49 and Native America during the past year. Our monthly Music Maker programs are a great way to keep up with the Native music scene. In 2014, we connected with 12 musicians whose songs and albums ranged from contemporary to traditional. Which Native musicians influenced you this year? What is it about their songs that makes you want to come back and listen again and again? Today we invite you to join us as we revisit the words and sounds that rang loud from our electronic talking circle during our 2014 Music Maker shows.
Break Music: Christmas Time (single) Keith Secola & Wild Band of Indians (artist)