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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.