Radmilla Cody – K’é Hasin (Canyon Records CR-6542, 2016)
Diné (Navajo) singer, songwriter and community activist Radmilla Cody presents a collection of mostly a cappella songs dedicated to an important Diné teaching known as K’é Hasin.
K’é means kinship and it is the basis for Navajo identity and existence as a people. K’é goes beyond immediate family and encompasses relationships stretching across Navajo society.
K’é Hasin translates as Enduring Kinship and Hope. It includes new songs by Herman Cody and Radmilla Cody. The songs allude to the Circle of Life; the new born; kinship honor; the four essential elements: fire, water, air and Holy Earth; mother’s love; leadership values; disposing of trash; happy morning songs; Diné Way of life teachings; clan songs; compassion and good thoughts; mother’s advice; and also a humorous song about a PT Cruiser (car).
The CD booklet contains Navajo and English-language lyrics.
The Winners for the 14th Annual Native American Music Awards were announced live on Friday, May 10th in the Events Center of the Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York. The awards celebrate the music recorded by the indigenous nations and tribes of North America.
Winners were chosen by the combined votes of the Native American Music Awards (N.A.M.A.) Advisory Board Membership Committee with an international general public voting membership. General Public voting was open on the Awards website VOTE NOW page where music selections of all nominees were featured. Over 200 CD and DVD recordings submitted this year for nomination consideration.
Winners of 14th Annual Native American Music Awards:
Phoenix (Arizona), USA – From the heart of Navajoland comes Radmilla Cody’s Spirit of a Woman. Radmilla, a former Miss Navajo, expresses the recent personal struggles other life in her second album for Canyon Records which is a mixture of songs in the traditional Navajo style plus original contemporary songs.
Of note is a version of “My Country ’tis of Thee” sung from the Navajo perspective. Special guest artists include Radmilla’s uncle Herman Cody, Klee Benally of Blackfire, and Miguel Batista. Batista, who pitches professionally for the Toronto Blue Jays, makes his musical debut playing the Native American flute on three songs.
Radmilla’s first recording with Canyon Records, Seed of Life, was a 2002 AFIM Indie Awards winner for Best Native American Music Album. Cody also received the Best Female Artist Award at the 2002 Native American Music Awards.