Harmonized Songs from the Heart of Native America

Cheevers Toppah – True Melodies – Harmonized Songs from the Heart of Native America
Cheevers Toppah

True Melodies – Harmonized Songs from the Heart of Native America (Canyon Records CR-6473, 2012)

American Indian singer-songwriter Cheevers Toppah continues his development of harmonized songs with this new recording titled True Melodies. Cheevers Toppah is based in Oklahoma and has Kiowa and Navajo heritage. He was mentored by some of the best singers of the southern Plains and nurtured to carry their song traditions into the future.

Cheevers Toppah studied choral traditions from various cultures and combined them with pow wow singing. Toppah performs songs composed in the traditional song style of the Plains with multi-part harmonies and vocal arrangements. His ability has earned him induction into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

Cheevers Toppah is a member of the Native American church and has made several solo and collaborative recordings with harmonized songs, including First Light and Awakening of Life with Kevin Yazzie.

True Melodies shows us fascinating musical evolution in progress in the form of harmonized songs, carried out by one of the great innovators of American Indian music.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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