Mother’s Day is one of my favorite holidays! I’m not a mother myself, but I appreciate any excuse to lavish attention and praise upon my mother, not to mention apologize repeatedly for everything she had to put up back in my teenage years (admit it; When you were 15, you thought the adults in your life couldn’t possibly understand you).
In celebration of mothers and grandmothers, Native Sounds-Native Voices has put together a playlist that will hopefully have you looking fondly back on the female figures in your life. When considering Mother’s Day gifts this year, remember that a visit or a phone call will likely be more appreciated than a box of flowers in the mail. (If you still live at home, try washing the dishes...and pay some rent, while you're at it.)
Grab your two-step partner, Native Sounds-Native Voices is playing waila (also called “Chicken Scratch”), the distinctive dance music of the Tohono O’odham people!
The waila tradition comes from a mesh of Indigenous and European roots. The word “waila” is a Tohono O’odham adaptation of the Spanish word “baila” (meaning “he/she dances”) and is used to describe a polka-esque dance reminiscent of Scottish and Polish styles. “Chicken scratch” refers to the tendency of the dancers to kick up their feet, similar to the motions of a chicken scratching at the ground.
Like all polka, it’s probably best if you don’t think too hard about it. The point is that the music is upbeat, the dance is lively, and waila is just plain fun!
To find out more about waila, check out the documentary Waila! Making the People Happy. You can hear waila, along with other great Native music, by clicking “Listen to Audio” on our list of links. Coming soon is the Thunder Show! (Be prepared to get AC/DC stuck in your head all day without knowing quite why.)
Earth Day is one of the best holidays of spring and who better to discuss the environment than Native Americans? (Don’t say “Al Gore.” He isn’t even a contender until he beats Winona LaDuke in an arm wrestling contest...which he won't, because everyone knows you just don't mess with a strong Ojibwe woman on a mission.) We're celebrating with music about the Earth, Mother Nature, and an incredible stretch of logic regarding basic semantics ("Poison Ivy" is a type of plant, you know).
Check out the next blog for a recap of our Waila show (Listen live at 10am ET on Thu 4/23). You read that correctly, we've got Native Americans playing polka. You don’t have to understand it, but check it out and you just may like it.
*I reserve the right to refute this statement if Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, and David Bowie suddenly go on a worldwide super tour together, playing all their old hits and co-writing new ones, under the group name “Khan’s Revenge.” That could very possibly be better.
It’s that time of the year again! A special time when thousands of tribes from across the land travel south to partake in good music, dancing, and heated debates about the merits of northern and southern style frybread. This year is the 26th annual Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque, and Native Sounds-Native Voices is celebrating in style.
Included in our current playlist is a small sampling of the many great drum groups that have performed at the gathering. Whether you’re too young to remember some of these performances or old enough to wonder where the years have gone, put on your dancing moccasins and take a spin to these songs.
Gathering of Nations Playlist
If you’re lucky enough to attend this year’s powwow, get yourself a free AIROS iPod skin. Fellow skins get your iPod skins at Stage 49. Put together by Emergence Productions, Stage 49 will feature comedians and Native artists across North America.
After you pimp your pods (and stumble home from Grahams), don't forget to tune into AIROS.org and Native Sounds-Native Voices.
Brian Bull (Nez Perce) talks with Don Coyhis (Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans), founder of White Bison, a wellness group based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The group is behind a petition drive to get President Obama to officially apologize for how Native Americans were treated in U.S. Government boarding schools. Will President Obama give a formal apology to Native people as nations like Canada and Australia have done recently? Should he?
In honor of Cher's Birthday, AIROS will be playing non-stop Cher. Yes, you heard right, nothing but Cher, from her early days with Sunny to her late 90's rave music, enjoy her many unique and risque costumes! Listen to AIROS and be amazed by the Diva!
By the way....APRIL FOOLS!!!!
We got you!
Hey loyal listeners, in honor of April Fool's Day, AIROS will be playing hilarious, humorous and laugh out loud amazing music and shows all day! Tune in anytime and try to challenge yourself from not laughing at our uproarious programming! We dare you! We double dog dare you!
Here are a few songs that will be sure to give you a smile, guaranteed!
In celebration of Women’s History Month, we recently played a power-hour of songs by female artists. “Power” was definitely the right word, as we started with Walela and Ulali, two all-female groups with strong voices and fun names to say. The set ended with Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” proving once again that every song about Wounded Knee is awesome (made-for-TV specials, on the other hand, tend to be hit or miss).
Women's History Month Playlist (Click for CD information)
Today could possibly be the most unlucky and scariest day of the year. Why would that be, you ask? Well, it's Friday the 13th! No, there won't be any crazed serial killer with a machete, but there will be scary music playing all day on AIROS! We will be featuring some of today's scariest artists, such as the spooky Arigon Starr to the terrifying Black Lodge. So take a listen....if you DARE!!! MUHAHAHAHA!!!
Last time, we shared a variety of traditional songs to get you in the mood for love. Our second “love show” had a more contemporary selection, giving us a chance to showcase some of best Native artists in modern music.
In order to share as much great music as possible, we explored a few different genres in this show. We started with Floyd Westerman, who has created and covered a lot of wonderful older styled country music. Indian Country has many great country artists and, after spending some time in that genre, we transitioned into rock music with NS-NV favorites Harrison Begay and George Leach (Aden maintains that these two are long overdue for a tour together).
The show changed pace with Jamie Coon’s hypnotic pop-trance song “Betrayed With a Kiss.” Shortly after, we heard Lunar Drive’s “I’m in Love With a Navajo Boy,” dedicated to Dine baseball star, Jacoby Ellsbury, from me and countless other baseball fans. James Bilagody & The Cremains displayed the best use of voice distortion software by natives since Cher, and we finished up the show with our theme of the month, “Snaggin’,” by Arigon Starr.
Love Show #2 (Click for CD information)
Welcome to the first blog entry for Native Sounds-Native Voices ("NS-NV"). For the uninitiated, NS-NV is radio show on AIROS.org, playing the best in both contemporary and traditional Native American music. Whether you like drum groups like Black Lodge or Cozad, Jim Boyd or Buddy Red Bow, or even if your tastes run more toward Blackfire or Native Roots, NS-NV has something for you.
Although NS-NV hosts Aden Marshall and yours truly, Sina Bear Eagle, are members of the Lakota tribe, we try to avoid any obvious bias--for example, a penchant for northern style powwow. (Hey, "try" is a key word here). Just don’t e-mail us about puppy soup and we'll try to keep the sheep/rabbit/salmon/turtle jokes to a minimum. (By the way, did you hear the one about Paiute and the chinook?)
We recently ran two "love" shows in honor of the delicious heart-shaped chocolate boxes that have been appearing on your grocery stores' "reduced price" shelves lately. Valentine's Day had already passed, but it's never too late to surprise your long-term snag with month-old candy and romantic tunes: