Bill Miller is a member of the Mohican tribe, he grew up in Wisconsin on the Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation. He started playing guitar as a young boy but didn't see it as a way to become famous. He actually had dreams of becoming a visual artist. He studied art in College and played locally in Milwaukee. Since then Bill has won prestige awards from the Native American Music Association and three Grammy’s.
Tobias Grant recently spoke with Bill Miller about his music as well as an experience performing a symphonic piece about the battle of little big horn and an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Show from the red carpet at the Grammy’s.
This hour of Native Sounds-Native voices (NS-NV) Tobias (Omaha, Dakota, Navajo and Cherokee) and Aden (Rosebud Sioux) dedicated a playlist to Cherokee Principal Chief John Ross. He crossed over into the spirit world in 1866. He was known for disputing the removal of the Cherokee to Oklahoma otherwise known as “The Trail of Tears”. Also involved in the Cherokees remaining in North Carolina was a farmer by the name of Tsali. As the story goes he was involved in a scuffle with U.S. soldiers, one soldier was accidentally shot and killed. Tsali was to blame and the government was out to get the last of the Cherokee who were hiding out in the Smokey Mountains. The government was going to make a deal with the remaining Cherokees. If Tsali would stand trial for murder the rest of the tribe could stay in North Carolina. This is how the Eastern Band of Cherokee came to remain in the Native land of North Carolina.
And to commemorate John Ross the Principal Chief of the Cherokee we put together a list of contemporary Cherokee artists like Rita Coolidge, Michael Bucher and Litefoot. I am of Cherokee descent and visited Cherokee, North Carolina during the summer of 2010. It was there that I got to observe a drama that reenacted the events that led up to the “Trail of Tears”. For more information about the Eastern Band of Cherokee log onto their website at www.cherokee-nc.com. Listen to the live broadcast of Native Sounds-Native Voices every Thursday morning from 8 – 10 a.m. CT on the web at KZUM.org or at AIROS.org.
We play a variety of music on NS-NV and the music genre that gets the least amount of air time is Native Hip Hop. So, we asked our friends and searched the web to explore some Native Hip Hop artists and put them on our Hip Hop playlist. We thought it would be fun and give something our younger listeners can appreciate. We enjoyed putting this playlist together because I got to interview Chase Manhattan and Joey Stylez. He is from Minnesota and travels to Pow-Wows promoting his album. He also recorded a few songs that expresses his Native Pride. Also included in the playlist are two Native artist from Rapid City, SD, Buddaz n Stephen. S.A.V.A.G.E. F.A.M. is an acronym for Standing Against Violent Adversaries and Genocidal Environments Forever Always Movement. Their track titled "Prayer Song" features a kids drum group from Thunder Valley, SD. Also we got to mention Casper Loma-Da-Wa, he is a reggea artitst from Hopiland, AZ. This is just a few examples of the artists from our Hip Hop playlist. The songs in this playlist also make reference to their Native culture and Native Pride. Listen to the live broadcast every Thursday morning from 8 a.m – 10 a.m. C.T. and on the web at KZUM.org and AIROS.org. The interviews can also be found on the Native Sounds podcast page at AIROS.org and also at the bottom of this blog.
-Tobias Grant: co-host of Native Sounds-Native Voices (Omaha, Dakota, Navajo and Cherokee)
This edition of Native Sounds-Native Voices (NS-NV) Tobias (Omaha, Dakota, Navajo and Cherokee) and Aden (Rosebud Sioux) put together a playlist of easy listening songs from Native Artists. We included Daryl Tonemah who is a Grammy nominated artist and performed at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. We also included Arigon Starr who is a Native American Music Awards (NAMA) winner, composer and performer in The Red Road and all around Native entertainer. Last but not least Keith Secola, The Plateros and Indigenous who all have performed at Stage 49, a three day Native American music festival in conjunction with The Gathering of Nations Pow-wow in Albuquerque, NM. In other words, it was a short Native American music festival. We are always looking to impress our audience with Native artists and all their accomplishments. Tune in every Thursday morning from 8 a.m. – 10 a. m. C.D.T. on the web at KZUM.org or AIROS.org to listen to the live broadcast of Native Sounds-Native Voices.
Co-hosts of Native Sounds-Native Voices Tobias (Omaha, Dakota, Navajo, and Cherokee) and Aden (Rosebud) realized that the '70s and ‘80s produced a lot of Native rock n roll bands. So we figured why not feature a playlist with these artists on the show. We found some good music that is still cool to play on the radio today! Unlike some of those one hit wonders from the ‘70s and ‘80s, Natives understood what it takes to make great music. This was a fun show and we enjoyed playing these songs. As a child of the ‘80s I (Tobias) feel as though a lot good music came from the ‘80s. It was the ‘80s when Mtv was the channel to watch the hottest new music videos. We should all go to the video store and rent Back to the Future right now. But if you can’t make it then please enjoy this playlist of Native rock n roll bands. Also listen to the live broadcast of NS-NV Thursday mornings from 8 - 10 a.m. C.D.T. on the web at KZUM.org or AIROS.org.
For this show, Native Sounds-Native Voices co-hosts Tobias and Aden featured blues and folk music from Native artists. Included in the playlist are contemporary artists like Amber Adair, folk artist A. Paul Ortega, blues artist Clinton J. Miller and Micki Free who also played with Prince. Micki Free is also mentioned on the "Dave Chapelle Show" during one of the skits. Micki states on his web site that being mentioned on the show made him infamous overnight. To see the video log onto YouTube and search Prince vs Charlie Murphy [warning explicit content]. Another YouTube artist that made this playlist is Joey Stylez. To see music videos from Joey Stylez log onto YouTube and search Joey Stylez. He is Cree Métis from Canada and released his first album February 2010. He is also nominated for an aboriginal peoples choice award and users can log onto www.aboriginalpeopleschoice.com and vote for their favorite artists. Also tune into the live broadcast of Native Sounds-Native Voices Thursday mornings from 8 – 10 a.m. C.D.T. on the web at KZUM.org or at AIROS.org.
Jana Mashonee is Lumbee and Tuscarora. She's been singing since high school and it was her choir teacher who encouraged her to enter singing competitions. She also was the lead singer in a local band and was able to sign a record contract. Later She was told that her singing talent could be turned into a professional career. Since then Jana has accomplished many things and continues to develop her talents. Tobias Grant (Omaha, Dakota, Navajo, and Cherokee) production assistant recently had a conversation with Jana. She speaks of how she began her singing career, her music and her new book titled “American Indian Story, The Adventures of Sha’Kona”. Included in this blog are the top 5 songs from Jana.
Tobias (Omaha, Dakota, Navajo and Cherokee) and Aden (Rosebud Sioux) put together a great playlist promoting Native civil rights and included Native artists like Buffy Sainte-Marie, Redbone and Litefoot. We felt that we would share songs that make us feel proud to be Native American. Movements like the Alcatraz takeover, occupation of Wounded Knee and the BIA building in Washington D.C., made great folk songs for Native musicians. Without these protests Native people could have lost their voice. NS-NV is about sharing Native American stories and contemporary music with the world. So, in the spirit of Native civil rights we put together a playlist with contemporary Native artists and their songs about “Wounded Knee", "Leonard Peltier", and other Native movements. Listen to the live broadcast of Native Sounds-Native Voices every Thursday from 8 - 10 a.m. NS-NV is also on the web at KZUM.org and AIROS.org.
Tobias (Omaha, Dakota, Navajo and Cherokee) and Aden (Rosebud Soiux) took a moment to commemorate Chief Standing Bear a Ponca Chief who was the first Native American to be granted civil rights under the law. The story of his journey began with the removal of the Ponca Tribe. Check out other blogs on NAPT to find more information about Chief Standing Bear. This show featured songs that are sung in the Native language of the Ponca and Omaha tribes. There are a number of books available about Chief Standing Bear like "I am a Man: Chief Standing Bear's Journey for Justice" by Joe Starita. The Ponca and Omaha Tribes host their annual Pow-wow on the second weekend of August. The Ponca Pow-wow is an annual event located in Niobrara, NE. The Omaha Pow-wow is hosted on their reservation located in Macy, NE. The Omaha tribe has celebrated this tradition for over 200 years. The Omaha tribe also played a major role in Chief Standing Bears struggle for freedom. Listen to the live broadcast of Native Sounds-Native Voices every Thursday morning from 8 - 10 a.m. (C.D.T.) Also on the web at www.KZUM.org or www.AIROS.org.
The hosts of Native Sounds-Native Voices (NS-NV) Tobias (Omaha, Dakota, Cherkoee, Navajo) and Aden (Rosebud Sioux) put together a compilation of awesome Hawaiian artists. They also recognized King Kamahameha Day which is a public holiday celebrated in the state of Hawaii. King Kamehameha was born 1758 and is credited with unifying the islands of Hawaii. In 2010, President Obama, proclaimed nationally that June 11 was King Kamehameha day.
Tobias and Aden featured various Hawaiian Native music on the show. They started with a traditional Hawaiian chant and continued with Slack Key Guitar and ended with contemporary music. Slack Key Guitar is a style that started out as instrumental but later included vocals. The playlist includes both styles and has a calming euphoric feel to it -- very cool and good for the soul. Catch the rebroadcast on AIROS.org, check the schedule for times. Also, listen live to Native Sounds - Native Voices every Thursday from 8 am - 10 am (CT) at AIROS.org or KZUM.org.