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    Contemporary

    Contemporary

    Today's musical styles provide new means to express Native American culture in folk, rock, rap, and alternative sounds.

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    Sharon Burch - Yazzie Girl (CR-534)

    Sharon Burch - Yazzie Girl (CR-534)

    These original compositions by Sharon Burch were influenced by the Navajo (Dine) prayers and chants she heard as a child growing up on the Navajo reservation. Seven songs have Navajo lyrics (Navajo text and English translations included) and two have English and Navajo lyrics. Yazzie Girl is dedicated to Sharon's mother, Nan Yazzie Burch.

    Price:

    $14.98

    Sharon Burch - Touch the Sweet Earth (CR-535)

    Sharon Burch - Touch the Sweet Earth (CR-535)

    Sharon Burch's music for voice and guitar is the contemporary expression of traditional Navajo ways and living. Most of Sharon's songs are in the beautiful Navajo language and capture the sacredness of Mother Earth and Father Sun and the importance of family and place to the Dine. Listening to Sharon's music is to "walk in beauty". CD Review rated this album "9/9." Winner of the 1996 NAIRD Indie Awards for best Native North American album.

    Sharon Burch - Colors of My Heart (CR-536)

    Sharon Burch - Colors of My Heart (CR-536)

    The music of Sharon Burch captures the beauty of traditional Navajo ways and shares an intimate glimpse into the relationship of mother and child in the traditions of the Dine. Inspired by songs sung by her mother and grandfather, Colors of My Heart celebrates family, Mother Earth, and a connection to all living things. This long awaited follow-up to the INDIE award winning, Touch the Sweet Earth has both English and Navajo lyrics.

    Joanne Shenandoah - Joanne Shenandoah (CR-545)

    Joanne Shenandoah - Joanne Shenandoah (CR-545)

    Through her contemporary ballads, Joanne Shenandoah presents the philosophy and experiences of today's Native American. She has drawn upon her Iroquois heritage in establishing an international reputation as one of the foremost Native American recording artists. She has performed with Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Kris Kristopherson, Jackson Browne, Floyd Westerman, Pete Seeger as well as appearing at the White House.

    Joanne Shenandoah & A. Paul Ortega - Loving Ways (CR-546)

    Joanne Shenandoah & A. Paul Ortega - Loving Ways (CR-546)

    "This album is dedicated to all those who are in love, out of love, wanna be in love and dream about love..." The voices and guitars of Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida Six Nations Iroquois) and A. Paul Ortega (Mescalero Apache) join in original songs about the ways of living and loving among native peoples. Two selections were featured on "Northern Exposure."

    Joanne Shenandoah - Once in a Red Moon (CR-548)

    Joanne Shenandoah - Once in a Red Moon (CR-548)

    Joanne Shenandoah was selected 1994 Native Musician of the Year by The First American in the Arts Foundation for preserving traditional values within the field of contemporary music. Her songs present her feelings and experiences as a member of the Oneida Six Nations Iroquois. On of the brightest singing talent today, Shenandoah has performed throughout Europe and the United States. Her twelve songs on this album deal with Native American issues including ethnic pride, treaty violations, suicide and reverence for elders.

    Price:

    $14.98

    Jackalope - Jackalope (CR-7001)

    Jackalope - Jackalope (CR-7001)

    Features R. Carlos Nakai on Native American flute and trumpet accompanied by Larry Yanez on synthesizer and Steve Cheseborough on guitar. This album blends ethnic instruments, melodies and rhythms with urban musical styles to create SynthacousticpunkarachiNavajazz.

    Jackalope - Weavings (CR-7002)

    Jackalope - Weavings (CR-7002)

    Inspired by the folklore and myths of the native peoples of North America, the Aztecs and modern urban culture. R. Carlos Nakai on Native American flute and trumpet is joined by synthesizer (Larry Yanez), percussion (Darrell Flint) and guitar (Richard Carbajal). An entertaining melange of musical traditions.

    Jackalope - Boat People (CR-7003)

    Jackalope - Boat People (CR-7003)

    A musical satire that takes a pointed look at the five hundred years since Columbus stumbled onto America. R. Carlos Nakai and Larry Yanez combine flutes, keyboards, trumpet, guitar, power tools and anything else lying around to tell their musical stories in ten sardonic songs.

    Jackalope - Dances with Rabbits (CR-7005)

    Jackalope - Dances with Rabbits (CR-7005)

    The dance of the jackalope deeply influenced the music on this recording which is Jackalope's fourth release and first dance album. Jackalope's music combines Native American melodies and ethnic percussion and wind instruments with the traditional instruments of modern music, synthesizer, guitar and bass, to create a southwestern hybrid - SynthacousticpunkarachiNavajazz.

    WithOut Rezervation - Are You Ready for W.O.R.? (CR-7035)

    WithOut Rezervation - Are You Ready for W.O.R.? (CR-7035)

    From Oakland's mean streets come urban Native Americans rapping a politico-ethnic funk about the struggle of the red brother and red sister...so let the truth be told to young and old Without Rezervation. WithOut Rezervation (aka "W.O.R.") features Chris LaMarr, Kevin Nez and Cory Aranaydo. The thirteen cuts address racism, Columbus and justice for native people.

    Clan/destine - Clan/destine (CR-7037)

    Clan/destine - Clan/destine (CR-7037)

    Mixing rock, acoustic and reggae with the sounds of their Native American heritage, Clan/destine creates exciting original music. Clan/destine's eleven original songs capture the energy of today's hottest sounds and the spirit of traditional ways. With Frank Poocha on vocals, keyboards and trumpet, Dave Montour on bass, Native American flute and vocals, Chuck Harris on lead and acoustic guitar, Chuck Harris on drums and Juan Sanchez on vocals and congas.

    December Wind - Sacred Voices (CR-7038)

    December Wind - Sacred Voices (CR-7038)

    December Wind plays driving acoustic folk-rock infused with their Akwesasne Mohawk culture. Their songs are filled with stories of love, hope, the struggles of native peoples and the beauty of their heritage. Their music inspires those on the Red Road as well as all peoples.

    Medicine Dream - Mawio'mi (CR-7039)

    Medicine Dream - Mawio'mi (CR-7039)

    The captivating music of Medicine Dream combines rock and progressive sounds with Native American flute and traditional singing and drumming. Led by Paul Pike of the Mi'kmaq Nation, their intertribal sound is a tribute to the spirit of Native people everywhere. Mawio'mi combines rock and progressive sounds with traditional Native American vocals and instrumentation in twelve songs that express the beauty of the ancient ways. Songs include If We Were Wolves, Lightning Flashes the Sky, If you Dream of Eagles, True Friends and We Belong.

    Medicine Dream - Tomegan Gospem (CR-7048)

    Medicine Dream - Tomegan Gospem (CR-7048)

    Led by Paul Pike of the Mi'kmaq Nation, Medicine Dream's fusion of traditional Native American flute, singing and drumming with rock and contemporary instrumentation honors the past and bridges it with the future.

    Blackfire - One Nation Under (CR-7049)

    Blackfire - One Nation Under (CR-7049)

    BLACKFIRE is a Native American (Dine) traditionally influenced, high-energy, politically driven group comprised of three siblings. Born into the heart of a political land dispute area called Big Mountain on the Navajo Nation, this power trio of 2 brothers and their sister combine their traditional roots with a youthful raw energy to create a real Alter-Native sound. BLACKFIRE's first full length album of fire-ball alternative punk, One Nation Under features Joey Ramone, Jones Benally, and 15 passionately burning songs of struggles, resistance, and hope. One Nation Under is a wake up call to America and the world.

    The Blue Stone Project - Blue Stone (CR-7076)

    The Blue Stone Project - Blue Stone (CR-7076)

    The Blue Stone Project is award winning Native American guitarist and flutist Aaron White, guitarist/bassist Gary Rasmussen and drummer Ed Michaels. Their music is a rock oriented sound flavored by contemporary Native American life in America. They are joined on one selection by the poetry and voice of rock legend John Densmore.

    Price:

    $14.98

    A. Paul Ortega - Two Worlds & Three Worlds (CR-7077)

    A. Paul Ortega - Two Worlds & Three Worlds (CR-7077)

    In the early 1960's, Mescalero Apache musician, A. Paul Ortega created a sound that forever revolutionized the landscape of Native American music. A respected medicine man, he effortlessly fused Native American healing traditions with the gentle strum of guitar, the stomp of bass drum and the mournful cry of harmonica. With blues-tinged vocals and storytelling that draw upon Native culture, Two Worlds and Three Worlds have gone on to become modern classics of contemporary Native American musical expression.

    Price:

    $14.98