Gu-Achi Fiddlers - Old Time O'odham Fiddle Music (CR-8082)
This is the first commercial Recording of the fiddle band music of the Tohono O'odham people of Southern Arizona. Utilizing instruments originally introduced by Spanish missionaries, the fiddle band sound is highly unique utilizing violins, guitar, and drums playing polkas, two-steps, and mazurkas. The result is an exciting sound and one of Southern Arizona's richest musical traditions.
The Canyon Vintage Collection contains almost 15 hours of traditional Native American music drawn from our extensive archive recorded over the past 45 years. Perfect for anyone interested in native culture and heritage, libraries or schools, this 20 piece set is the most comprehensive and definitive collection of Native music in existence. Each album includes extensive liner notes and is available as part of the set or individually.
Originally released in 1972, these are the legendary first two recordings of waila, the energetic social dance music of the Native American peoples of the southern Arizona desert. Also referred to as "chicken scratch", the vibrant melodies of saxophone, accordion, and electric guitar glide across the solid backbeat of bass and drums performing polkas, schottisches, and mazurkas. This newly remastered collection brings together classic recordings of this musical hybrid rooted in the contacts between European immigrants and the Tohono O'odham peoples.
This collection brings together two classic recordings by The American Indians, one of the most innovative bands in the saga of waila, the lively social dance music of southern Arizona's Native peoples. Also known as "chicken scratch" waila features the intricately intertwined melodies of saxophone and accordion propelled by the rhythms of guitar, bass, and drums playing polkas, two-steps, and cumbias. While staying true to the traditions of waila, The American Indians played with a highly original flare making them legends of chicken scratch.
The Cisco Band: Francis Enriquez (Saxophone & Guitar), Frank Joaquin (Guitar & Saxophone), John Lewis, Jr. (Bass & Accordian), David Narcho (Drums), Benny Martinez (Accordian), Damon Enriquez (Percussion).
Chicken Scratch is the social dance music of the Tohono O'odham ("Desert People"). Also known as waila music evolved from the earlier acoustic fiddle bands which adapted European and Mexican tunes heard in Northern Sonora. The music is most frequently hear on and near the Tohono O'odham, Gila River and Pima Salt River reservation of central and southern Arizona. Twelve popular Christmas carols are done in the happy go lucky chicken scratch style by one of the premiere bands of the Tohono O'odham.
Chicken Scratch is the social dance music of the native people of southern Arizona in which polkas, cumbia, two-steps and other old world dances are give a Native American flavor. One of the most popular scratch band around, Pima Express plays twelve original songs that are in demand throughout the Sonoran desert.
Waila, (sometimes called "Chicken Scratch") is the popular dance music of the Native Peoples of the southern Arizona deserts. Saxophone and accordion are accompanied by guitar, bass and drums in these renditions of polkas, cumbia, mazurka and shottiches. One of Waila's hottest young groups, Desert Horizon has made a name for themselves by delivering this fresh Waila sound.
Thee Express was founded by Ricardo Vavages in 1978. Originally called Papago Express, the band changed its name to Thee Express when the Papago tribe changed their name to Tohono O'odham. Rupert Vavages now leads the band, joined by his son Steve as well as Isaac Vavages, Andy Juan, Brandis Joaquin, and Ryan Felix. Thee Express brings their latest album with new songs and old hits. Jam On!
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