Black Eagle Straight up Northern
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- by Black Eagle ~ Voice of the Drum ~ $16.29
- Released: June 1, 2005
- Label: Soar Records
- 1.Vivid Dancers
- 2.Smooth Dancing
- 3.Straight up North
- 4.Me and My Boyz
- 5.Double Down
- 9.Honoring All People
- 10.Victory Dance
- 11.Rock With Me
- 12.Dance With Love
- 13.Dancing With a Good Feeling
Black Eagle: Malcolm Yepa, David Yepa Jr., Emmet Yepa, Branson Yepa, Shawn Yepa, David Yepa Sr., Albert Yepa, Tim Toya, Darren Toya, Pat Toya, Curtis Vigil, Ken Casiquito, Henry Tosa, Trevor Yepa, Cassandra Toledo, Alyssa Yeppa, Cheryl Chinana, George Toya.
Audio Mixers: Tom Bee; J. Douglas Geist.
Recording information: Santa Fe Studios, Albuquerque, NM.
Black Eagle is one of the most popular Native American drum groups in North America. They hail from the Pueblo of Jemez in New Mexico and their music is sung in the Towa language. However, on this release, the Black Eagle ensemble uses only vocables, meaning that they do not use words, but rather a series of syllables, including "nay, hey, yeh, yo," etc.
STRAIGHT UP NORTHERN also features new compositions. However, this music adheres strictly to the sacred traditions of powwow music. This means that the group gathers around a large buffalo-skin drum and no other instruments are used to accompany the singers. Like most powwow music, the participants often engage in a call and response between a soloist and a group of backing singers. Further, the monophony of this music allows for direct, powerful vocal expression. Each song on this release is a kind of musical celebration, and songs such as "Remembrance," "Victory Dance," and "Dance with Love" honor the ancient ways of the Jemez people. In contrast, pieces such as "Me and My Boyz" and "Rock with Me" are informal and fun.
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