The Gift of Life: Round Dances & Songs of the Native Road (Canyon Records CR-6430, 2011)
Cree singer-songwriter Randy Wood has a new recording of beautiful round dance songs which celebrate life in North America’s indigenous communities. The Gift of Life features Wood’s mesmerizing vocals accompanied by drums. His rich melodic and intimate voice and the beat of the drums create a trance-like hypnotic effect.
The original pieces celebrate life, natural spaces, children, friensdhip, warriors and his people, the Cree Nation of Alberta, Canada.
Originally from the Saddle Lake First Nation in Alberta, Canada, Randy Wood now makes his home in St. George (Utah) with his wife and three kids. He is known across pow-wow country as a respected pow-wow singer and grass dancer.
Randy Wood’s first solo recording, Round Dance the Night Away, introduced original round dance songs, with a new vocal style that attracted the attention of music fans worldwide. In 2003 he released his follow up recording, Round Dance Blues.
A beautifully crafted album by one of the leading musical figures from Canada’s First Nations.
Buy the album:
- In North America: The Gift of Life: Round Dances & Songs of the Native Road. Other recordings available: Round Dance the Night Away, Round Dance Blues, There Are No Goodbyes, Our Love Will Never Die
- In Europe: The Gift of Life: Round Dances & Songs of the Native Road. Other recordings available: Round Dance the Night Away, There Are No Goodbyes, My Heart and Soul, Round Dance Blues, Our Love Will Never Die
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 produced several 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 and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.