Dancin’ Til Sunrise, Vol. 7 (Canyon Records (CR-6414), 2008)
Award-winning Canadian group Northern Cree, is one of the most cherished names in Native Canadian music, known as aboriginal music. Their latest album is Dancin’ ’til Sunrise, which was recorded live at one of the largest round dances in North America. This is the seventh and final installment of Northern Cree’s popular Round Dance series. The CD features Northern Cree, Red Bull, Gordon McGilvery, Jack Bull, Whitefish Jr.’s, Eya-Hey-Nakoda, Wild Horse, Young Spirit, and Gabe Gaudet.
Round dances, held during winter months, can be found throughout northern Saskatchewan and Alberta. A round dance is a purely social event where people can . renew friendships, young people flirt, and everyone has a good time listening to great singers introduce their newest songs, and dancing to the infectious triple beat of the hand drums. Typically, a round dance begins at sundown on Saturday and ends in the early morning hours of Sunday with a break for dinner hosted by the sponsoring family or drum group. "Dancin’ ’til Sunrise" is comprised of songs recorded at the fourth round dance sponsored by Northern Cree and captures the excitement and energy of this lively gathering.
Northern Cree has been honored with multiple awards with their most recent the 2007 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for Stay Red (Best Contemporary Pow-Wow Album) and Long Winter Nights, Northern Cree & Friends, Vol. 5 (Best Hand Drum Album). They’ve also received three GRAMMY nominations for Best Native American Album – Rockin’ the Rez (2002), Still Rezin‘ (2003) and "Long Winter Nights, Northern Cree & Friends, Vol. 5 (2006).
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.