R. Carlos Nakai, of Navajo-Ute heritage, is the leading Native American flutist, having sold more than 3.5 million albums. He has received two gold records for Canyon Trilogy and Earth Spirit, the first American Indian recordings to earn this achievement. He has also garnered six Grammy nominations and numerous Native American Music Awards.
Originally a performer of the classical trumpet, Nakai was given a Native American flute and challenged to see what he could do with it. Mixing the traditions of his Native American heritage with an iconoclastic outlook, Nakai was on the cutting edge of the renaissance of indigenous American culture. Following his first release in 1983, Changes, he would go on to release more than thirty albums with Canyon Records plus additional albums and guest appearances on other labels.
In 2004, the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet released its fourth adventure in global native groove, People of Peace, featuring R. Carlos Nakai, vocalist Mary Redhouse, multi-instrumentalist AmoChip Dabney, and percussionist Will Clipman.
Mutual fans of one another’s musical careers, Keola Beamer and Nakai met when Nakai was organizing a workshop at Kalani Honua in Hawaii. Nakai wanted to include Hawaiian culture in the workshop and Beamer offered his services. Nakai approached Beamer to see if he would be interested in doing a musical collaboration mixing disparate cultures. The result is Our Beloved Land (2005).
Our Beloved Land features the sound of the Native American flute accompanied by the harmonies of the slack key guitar. Several songs also feature Beamer’s soulful vocal renditions of original and traditional Hawaiian songs.
Changes (Canyon Records, 1983)
Cycles (Canyon Records, 1985)
Journeys (Canyon Records, 1986)
Jackalope (Canyon Records, 1986) Earth Spirit (Canyon Records, 1987) Sundance Season (Celestial Harmonies, 1988)
Carry the Gift (Canyon Records, 1988) Desert Dance (Celestial Harmonies, 1988) Canyon Trilogy (Canyon Records, 1989) Winter Dreams (Canyon Records, 1990)
Natives (Silver Wave Records, 1990)
Spirit Horses (Canyon Records, 1991) Emergence: Songs of the Rainbow World (Canyon Records, 1992)
Ancestral Voices (Canyon Records, 1992)
Weavings (Canyon Records, 1992)
Migration (Silver Wave Records, 1992)
Boat People (A Musical Codex) (Canyon Records, 1993)
Dances With Rabbits (Canyon Records, 1993)
How the West Was Lost (Silver Wave Records, 1993s)
Honorable Sky (Silver Wave Records, 1994)
Native Tapestry (Canyon Records, 1994)
Island of Bows (Canyon Records, 1994)
Feather, Stone & Light (Canyon Records, 1995) Awakening the Fire (Canyon Records, 1995)
How the West Was Lost Volume Two (Silver Wave Records, 1995) Kokopelli’s Cafe (Canyon Records, 1996)
Improvisations in Concert (Silver Wave Records, 1996)
Two World Concerto (Canyon Records, 1997)
Inside Canyon de Chelly (Canyon Records, 1997)
Mythic Dreamer (Canyon Records, 1998)
Red Wind (Canyon Records, 1998)
Winds of Devotion (EarthSea Records, 1998)
Inside Monument Valley (Canyon Records, 1999) Inner Voices (Canyon Records, 1999)
Big Medicine (Canyon Records, 1999)
Ancient Future (Canyon Records, 2000) t
In a Distant Place (Canyon Records, 2000)
Edge of the Century (Canyon Records, 2001)
ETribal (Canyon Records, 2001)
Through Windows & Walls (EarthSea Records, 2001)
Fourth World (Canyon Records, 2002) Sanctuary (Canyon Records, 2003)
In Beauty, We Return (Canyon Records, 2004)
People of Peace (Canyon Records, 2005)
Our Beloved Land (Canyon Records, 2005)
Reconnections (Canyon Records, 2006)
Talisman (Canyon Records, 2008)
Guadalupe, Our Lady of the Roses (Canyon Records, 2008)
Dancing into Silence (Canyon Records, 2010) Ritual (Mysterium Music, 2014)
Acclaimed Navajo-Ute flutist R. Carlos Nakai has numerous projects that range from traditional American Indian flute music to contemporary sounds rooted in Native traditions. The R. Carlos Nakai Quartet is an avenue to fuse Native American melodies with jazz and global beats.
The highlights of the album are the flute performances backed by the creative rhythm patterns and keyboards.
The lineup includes R. Carlos Nakai on Native American flute; AmoChip Dabney on saxophone, keyboards, guitar; Will Clipman on drums and ethnic percussion; and Johnny Walker on bass.
What Lies Beyond is a beautifully-crafted album that showcases the talent of a musician who is taking American Indian/Native American music to exciting new territories.
The 16th Annual Native American Music Awards were announced on Saturday September 17th, 2016. A special appearance was made by the family of nominee Joseph Flying Bye, whose recording, Putting The Moccasins Back On, was posthumously nominated in two categories. His son, Allen Flying Bye and ten other family members, drove all the way from Standing Rock, North Dakota to the show. In a display of unity and solidarity, they received an overwhelming response from the attendees supporting their opposition of the Dakota Access pipeline. Recently, nominees of the Native American Music Awards contributed their songs to a free CD titled, Water Is Life to support the Standing Rock Sioux Community.
Traditional performances were held by the Awards’ youngest nominee and rising star, 12 year-old hand drummer, Nizhoo Sullivan, as well as Theresa Bear Fox and the Akwesasne Women Singers, and Joseph Fire Crow who also picked up the rhythm with a contemporary song performed with the Ed Koban house band.
Shelley Morningsong took the coveted Artist of the Year award, and ruled the stage with a notable performance of singing and playing flute as her husband and musical partner, Fabian Fontenelle performed in his stunning ceremonial outfit.
American Indian musician, songwriter, producer and Colville Tribal Chairman in Washington State, Jim Boyd passed away on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016. He was a member of the Arrow Lakes tribe, which is one of the twelve tribes of the Colville Confederacy.
As one of the most active Native American recording artists, Jim Boyd’s music career spanned over four decades. He worked on projects for Miramax, Warner Brothers, Mega International Records, Dixie Frog Records, Sound of America Records, as well as audio-visual projects for businesses and colleges.
Jim Boyd released 15 records; Reservation Bound, Unity, Reservation Blues, First Come Last Served, AlterNatives, Jim Boyd w/ Alfonso Kolb Live At The Met, Kyo-t Live, Going To The Stick Games, Them Old Guitars, Live At Two Rivers, Blues To Bluegrass, Voices From The Lakes, Harley High, Living For The Sunny Days, and most recently Bridge Creek Road. Jim also managed his own career and operated his label, Thunderwolf Records.
At the Second Annual Native American Music Awards, Boyd received the award for Best Compilation Recording for the Smoke Signals soundtrack. At the Fifth Annual Awards, he won Record of the Year for his recording, AlterNatives. The next year he took Best Pop/Rock Recording for Live at the Met.
At the Seventh Annual Awards he received Record of the Year for Going to the Stick Games. He received Songwriter of the Year at the Eighth Annual Native American Music Awards for Them Old Guitars. He won Best Short Form Music Video for Inchelium at the Ninth Annual Awards; and he received the prestigious Artist of the Year Award at the Tenth Annual Native American Music Awards.
On November 14, 2014, Jim Boyd was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of Native American music at the 15th Annual commemoration held at the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca, New York.
In addition to his wife Shelly, Jim Boyd is survived by his wife Shelly, his mother, Violet Boyd; brothers Lanny and Michael; sisters Pam, Luana and LaDonna; sons Joel, Dakota, Brian and Michael Carson, and daughter Stevey Seymour; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Aaron White has been entertaining audiences in all four directions of the Earth. A multifaceted artist, he can be found working on a soundtrack or opening young minds to music and stories of the Native people of the United States of America. Performing with a Symphony and playing to a large festival audience. Whether solo or with his band The Blue Stone Project, Aaron White is always finding new ways to express American Indian music in songwriting or instrumental form.
Born in Oakland, California, Aaron grew up on and off the Northern Ute reservation. He is of two Nations, the Dine of Northern Arizona (Blacksheep Clan) and The Northern Ute tribe Whiteriver band.
Performing has always been in the blood of this singer-songwriter and flute player. Music has taken him to many places like the Hawaiian Islands, Europe and Canada, and also across the United States.
Aaron White was nominated for a Grammy with his group Burning Sky for Best Native American album in 2003 and they also won a Native American Music Award for Group of the Year in 2004. He has also become a flute maker when he is not on the road or in the studio. This has led him to doing art shows around the country and entering juried shows with his work. From museums to festivals you will find Aaron White showcasing his talent in song or cultural performance and having a great time with the people who he meets along the way.
Popular or famous Aaron White music songs include Twilight, Taking My Time, Two-Hearted River, Tragic Folk, Now You’re Gone, Old Muddy River, Deep Creek, Alaska, I’m feeling fine, Nine Below, Whisky & Gin, Employment Blues, and Sweet Wind.
Native Son is a beautiful solo flute album of original and traditional Native American music by Tony Duncan. Duncan uses the Native American flute to deliver a collection of evocative pieces that celebrate nature, wildlife, love, American Indian life and spirituality.
Tony Duncan has Apache (American southwest) and Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara (affiliated tribes from North Dakota) heritage. He is a Native American Music Award winner and five-time World Championship Hoop Dancer.
It’s good to see young American Indian musicians pursuing musical projects that go beyond pow-wow and round dances. Estun-Bah is an instrumental trio formed by three young musicians from the American Southwest. The group features Tony Duncan (of the Apache and Arikara/Hidatsa nations ) on the Apache cane flute, which is indigenous to the Southwest; Darrin Yazzie on guitar; and Jeremy Dancing Bull on drums.
Estun-Bah’s album is titled From Where the Sun Rises. The beautiful melodies of the Apache flute, accompanied by guitar and native drums create a series of soundscapes that takes you to the ancient tribal lands. The album was nominated as Best World Music Album and Best Instrumental Album at the Native American Music Awards.
The word “Estun-Bah” is an Apache word meaning “For the Woman.” The American Indian flute was traditionally used as a courting instrument. A man would play the most beautiful song on his flute before approaching a woman to show his honor and respect for the woman.
“I believe music is the language of our soul,” says Tony Duncan. “One song can capture your heart and elevate your emotions. One melody can sweep you off to your own personal paradise. Music is and always has been an important part of native culture. As traditional sounds blend with more contemporary sounds. One element remains forever embedded in the sounds of Native America- the love and respect for all life. These are songs and melodies of the heart. I hope you understand my thoughts and expressions.”
From Where the Sun Rises is a promising debut album by a group of young American Indian musicians who are seeking contemporary forms of expression based on their native roots.
Nominations for the 10th Annual Native American Music Awards (NAMA) were announced this week by The Native American Music Association & Awards, reflecting the combined votes of the NAMA Advisory Board Nominating Committee Membership. This year is a monumental year for the organization which will now have nominated an estimated 1500 artists and honored 300 winners over the past decade.
A new limited edition “NAMMY” will be introduced this year commemorating the organization’s 10th Anniversary year. The 10th Annual Native American Music Awards will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2008 at the Seneca Entertainment Center in the Seneca Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York. Tickets for the 10th Annual Native American Music Awards are on-sale now through all ticketmaster outlets. The Awards show will again be broadcast on MHZ Networks in November to an estimated 30 million cable households.
New up-and-comers were nominated alongside established artists in a diverse array of 30 music categories. Blackfire, Blackfoot, Brule & AIRO, The Blessed Blend, The Crow Girls, and The Red Corn Band lead with three nominations each.
Tied with two nominations each are; Blu, Carroll Medicine Crow, Cherokee National Youth Choir, Cheryl Bear, Chief Seattle Speaks, Delbert Blackhorse, Douglas Blue Feather, Dream Scape, Eagle & Hawk, Producer Ed Stasium, Edmund Bull, Fara Palmer, Gilbert Begay Sr, Golana, Injunuity, J.C. Campbell, Jim Boyd, Ken Quiet Hawk, Medicine Dream, Native Roots, Nightshield, Primeaux & Mike, Pura Fe’, R Carlos Nakai, Rain Song, Red Feather Woman, Rezhogs, Robert Mirabal, Sotiw, Star Nayea, Stevie Salas, Tanya Brown, Terri Rivera Piatt & Lancy Goodman, Terry Lee Whetstone, Tiger Tiger, Tracy Bone and Walter Ahhaitty & Friends.
This year’s Song Single Of The Year nominees represent more musical works within the Pop/Folk genres that feature distinctive Native American elements; All Colors Together by RainSong Terry & Darlene Wildman, Broken Dreams by Nightshield, Going To Gathering by The Blessed Blend, Hey Cuzzin’! by Cheryl Bear, Sleep Is The Ocean by The Crow Girls, and Way of the Warrior by Medicine Dream.
"These nominations throughout our 30 music categories truly reflect a diverse and impressive range of new and established talent from our community," said Awards President Ellen Bello. "We are looking forward to a spectacular Awards celebration running the full spectrum of today’s most popular contemporary and traditional Native American music initiatives.” Special Recognition Awards will also be given to internationally acclaimed artists; Janice Marie Johnson of A Taste of Honey, Pat Vegas & Redbone, Felipe Rose of the Village People and Rickey Medlocke of Blackfoot and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Voting ballots to select the final winner in each category will be mailed to all Advisory Board voting members. Voting ballots are also available to the general public on the websites listed at the end of the article.
For a complete list of official nominees for the 10th Annual Native American Awards see below:
Phoenix (Arizona), USA – The Native American Music Awards (NAMA) has announced this years nominations and Canyon Records has received a total of 21 nominations. Winners will be announced at the Ninth Annual Awards on Saturday, October 6th, 2007 at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York.
This year, over 180 national recordings were submitted for nomination consideration making this year’s tally a new record high for the organization. Eligible recordings had to have been commercially released from September 15th, 2005 thru December 31st, 2006.
New York, NY (August 6, 2007) – Nominations for the Ninth Annual Native American Music Awards were announced this week by The Native American Music Awards & Association (N.A.M.A). The award ceremony will be held Saturday October 6, 2007 at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York.
Due to a record number of recording submissions received in the past year, the Awards have expanded both its number of categories from 26 to 30 and from five to six nominees in each category. This year, 180 nominees are featured throughout 30 music Award categories.
Topping this year’s nominations are; Brule’ and AIRO featuring Paul LaRoche (Lakota) with five nominations for Kinship and Silent Star Night, Jim Boyd Band (Colville) for Live At Two Rivers, Jana (Lumbee) for An American Indian Story, and new artist Shelley Morningsong (Northern Cheyenne) for Out of the Ashes all with four nods each. Arigon Starr, JSK, Pipestone, Susan Aglukark, Tamara Podemski and Arvel Bird have three each, and Brian Hammill, Corn-Bred, Donna Kay, Douglas Blue Feather, Evren Ozan, Exit Wound, Night Shield, Jamie Coon, Jan Michael Looking Wolf, John Two-Hawks and Bastiaan, Keith Secola & Karen Drift, Mary Youngblood, Michael Bucher, Michael Jacobs, Peter Buffett & Chief Hawk Pope, Radmilla Cody, Raven Hernandez, Robert Mirabal, Robert Tree Cody, Talibah Begay, Thoz Womenz, Tonemah, Wade Fernandez and Women of Wabano have earned two nominations each.
“This is an absolutely incredible assemblage of professional artists and talent that have exceeded our expectations for this year and truly are the best of the best. These outstanding music initiatives are reflecting the tremendous growth and artistic expressions taking place within our genre and in our communities not only here in the United States but also from other parts of the world including; Canada, South America and Australia,” states Ellen Bello, Founder/CEO of the Native American Music Awards. “The Ninth Annual Awards show will be nothing less than a monumentally magnificent show”. The Ninth Annual Native American Music Awards will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at the Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center and will be broadcast on the new MHZ Networks in November 2007.
1. Blue Dog “A Little White Lie”
2. Corn-Bred “Corn-Bred ”
3. Cocoa Creppel & Cannes Brulees “Raising Cane”
4. Slidin’ Clyde Roulette Band “Let’s Take A Ride”
5. South Thunderbird “Tough Go”
6. The Plateros “The Plateros”
1. “America” Yolanda Martinez
2. “Miyoskamin” Art Napoleon
3. “Seven” Michael Bucher
4. “Touchwood Hills ” Shakti Hayes
5. “Welcome To Your Rainy Day” Tonemah
6. ”Torn from the Heart – The Journey” David Nighteagle
1. “Comfort & Joy” Cherokee National Youth Choir
2. “Keep The Faith” Jim Felix
3. “Rhythm Spirit of Native Life” Johnny P Curtis
4. “Spirit Whisper” Living Stone
5. “The Worship of Angels” Dawn Karima Pettigrew
6. “Visionary” Visionary
1. “American Indian Story” Jana
2. “Anishinabemoin” Keith Secola & Karen Drift
3. “As Long As I Can See The Light” Joe Tohonnie Jr.
4. “Ceremonial Songs From Oklahoma” Perry Botone Jr, O.J. LittleCook, Stephen LittleCook
5. “Cherokee Language Preservation” Thoz Womenz
6. “ Remember Me, Grandfather: Lakota Pipe & Ceremonial Songs” Wahancanka
M. BEST INSTRUMENTAL RECORDING
1. “Alluvia” Evren Ozan
2. “Healing Winds” Ohwihsha
3. “Indian Summer” Redheart
4. “Silent Star Night” Brule’ & AIRO
5. “The Native Axeman Cometh” Exit Wound
6. ”Thoughts” Viento De Los Andes
N. BEST MALE ARTIST
1. Eli Secody “Rhythm of a Songmaker”
2. Gabriel Night Shield “The Total Package”
3. Jay Begaye “ The Colorful World”
4. Michael Jacobs “The Journey”
5. Raven Hernandez “Ceremony”
6. Robert Mirabal “Pueblo Christmas”
O. BEST NATIVE AMERICAN CHURCH RECORDING
1. “In Loving Memory” Meewasin Oma
2. “Morning Blessings” Denise Becenti
3. “Native American Church Songs” Shane Patterson
4. “ Voice of a Dakota” Gerald Primeaux, Sr
5. “Wikiwam Ahsin” Whitehawk & Crowe
6. “With Love & Faith We Pray” Brian Stoner
P. BEST NEW AGE RECORDING
1. “Ananeah” Arvel Bird, William Eaton, Mary Redhouse, Will Clipman
2. “ Heart of the Wind” Robert Tree Cody & Will Clipman
3. “Kinship” Brule’
4. “ Reconnections” R. Carlos Nakai
5. “Reflections” Brian Hammill
6. “Under A Lavender Moon” Echo Greywolf
Q. BEST POP RECORDING
1. “American Indian Story” Jana
2. “Blood Red Earth” Susan Aglukark
3. “Do U Wanna Dance” Jay Nez
4. “Everything So Far” Jamie Coon
5. “Out of the Ashes” Shelley Morningsong
6. “The Journey” Michael Jacobs
R. BEST ROCK RECORDING
1. “4 The People” Wade Fernandez
2. “Ceremony” Raven Hernandez
3. “Crazy Woman Mountain” Gary Small & The Coyote Bros
4. “Life Is…” Eagle & Hawk
5. “Live At Two Rivers” Jim Boyd Band
6. “Native To This Country” Tiger Tiger
S. BEST POW WOW RECORDING
1. “A Soldier’s Dream” Elk Soldier
2. “A Time For Change” Blackstone
3. “In Memory of Perry Lee Botone” Yellow Hammer
4. “ Long Winter Nights” Northern Cree & Friends
5. “Voice of the Drum” Black Eagle
6. “We Sing For You” Medicine Tail
T. BEST PRODUCER
1. MSR/Gale Revilla “Whispering Winds On The Red Road”
2. Kelly Parker “In Loving Memory”
3. Marc Cary “Focus”
4. Stephan Galfas & Alex Salzman “American Indian Story”
5. Stephen Butler “Reconnections”
6. Tom Bee “Voice of the Drum”
U. BEST RAP/HIP HOP RECORDING
1. “Blow Tha Track Out” Tha Birds of Prey
2. ”Contents Under Pressure” The A.I.M. Fea Blue Eagle
3. “Sarah Hindsley” Sarah Hindsley
4. “Smoke Signals” JSK
5. “The Total Package” Night Shield
6. “Worldwide” Rollin Fox
1. ‘Have Hope’ Jennifer Kreisberg
2. ‘Inchelium’ Jim Boyd Band
3. ‘Meegwetch’ Tamara Podemski
4. ‘Mother Earth’ Arvel Bird & One Nation
5. ‘Spirit of One’ Jana
6. ‘Wasteland’ Gil Silverbird
X. BEST LINGUISTIC RECORDING
1. “Anishinabemoin” Keith Secola & Karen Drift
2. “Cherokee Language Preservation” Thoz Womenz
3. “HAWK Reloaded: Honoring Ancient Wisdom & Knowledge” Victoria Gardner & RISE Students
4. “Lizard Tracks” Allenroy Paquin
5. “Precious Friends: Songs for Children” Radmilla Cody
6. “Rarennenhá:wi” Teddy & Eddy
Y. BEST TRADITIONAL RECORDING
1. “Ami Nicimos” Red Bull
2. “Dancers of Mother Earth” Todi Neesh Zhee Singers
3. “Good Ol’ Fashioned NDN Lovin’” Pipestone
4. “Talibah Traditional Songs” Talibah Begay
5. “Voices” Women of Wabano
6. “Where Were You When I Was Single? Old-Time Sheepherder Songs” Blackhorse Mitchell
Z. SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
1. Aaron White “Blue Stone”
2. Arigon Starr “The Red Road”
3. Brad Clonch “Finding Windsong”
4. Glen Ahhaitty “True Lies From The Road”
5. Jimmy Lee Young “Anduhyaun”
6. Tonemah “Welcome To Your Rainy Day”
AA. BEST SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO/DVD
1. “Bumpy Roads” Shadowyze
2. “I Will Return” Susan Aglukark
3. “Inchelium” Jim Boyd
4. “Meegwetch” Tamara Podemski
5. “Round Round Round” Donna Kay
6. “Smoke Signals” JSK
BB. BEST LONG FORM VIDEO/DVD
1. “Formations of Life: Today’s Story of the Hoop Dance” Brian Hammill
2. “Introduction & Techniques of the Native American Flute” Jan Michael Looking Wolf
3. “Spirit – The Seventh Fire” Peter Buffett, Chief Hawk Pope
4. “Starblanket: A Spirit Journey” Noel Starblanket
5. “The Blood Cries Out” Ronald Roybal
6. “The Trail of Tears Cherokee Legacy” Rich Heape Films
CC. BEST WORLD MUSIC RECORDING
1. “Cultural Legacy: Traditional Music from Ecuador & Bolivia”
2. “Flutes, Drums & Guitars” Spirit Wing
3. “Soul Force” Moontee Sinquah
4. “Spirit Journey” Carroll Medicine Crow
5. “Thoughts” Viento de los Andes
6. ”Touch The Wind” John Two-Hawks and Bastiaan
DD. NATIVE HEART
1. Amo Chip Dabney “Beyond Words”
2. Daniel Hicks “First Flight”
3. David Claude Rogers “Songs of Joy & Comfort”
4. Peter Buffett “Spirit – The Seventh Fire”
5. Peter Phippen “Shadows of Dawn”
6. E. Cabezudo, J. Parodi, J. Juarez, The Whisper “Kokopelli’s Soul”
All nominees were voted upon by N.A.M.A.’s national Advisory membership and were selected among an impressive collection of over 200 national contemporary and traditional music recordings submitted for nomination consideration earlier this year. Winners of the Ninth Annual Native American Music Awards will be determined through N.A.M.A. membership print ballots and an online national voting campaign open to the general public through a listen and vote system posted on the Awards website.
The Native American Music Awards, Inc. is the country’s leading membership-based Native American music association composed of industry professionals, musicians, programmers, producers, engineers and other professionals dedicated to promoting and preserving Native American music throughout the United States and around the world.
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