Contemporary Songs Inspired by Pow-Wow Chants

Wayne Silas, Jr. – Infinite Passion (Canyon Records CR-6512, 2017)

Wayne Silas, Jr., an American Indian singer with Menominee and Oneida background, has recorded an original album where he mixes Native American pow-wow chants and round dance influences with contemporary forms. While traditional pow-wow albums stick to a specific format, Wayne Silas, Jr. uses chants in a fascinating fashion, adding choruses, a really cool vocoder-style voice modulator effect that works really well and some other enhancements.

Guests on Infinite Passion include Randall Paskemin, Leroy Whitstone, Marlon Deschamps, Dan Isaac, Conan Yellowbird, Jacob Faithful, Candace Gadwa and Veronica Keeswood.

On Infinite Passion, Wayne Silas, Jr. wonderfully bridges Native American tradition and modernity.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and 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.


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