Millard Clark

Native American: Kiowa Flag Song

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This is a set of 20 traditional songs performed by a group of Kiowa Sioux singers. The selections are divided into two Kiowa "war mother's" songs, 16 "round dance" songs, and two "Comanche 49" songs, and since this is just about the only information on the recording liner -- and it is repeated three times -- we should definitely pass it along. Group leader Millard Clark also produced this recording, which is almost as exciting as experiencing music like this live at a powwow. Due to the lack of readable liner notes, the listener is pretty much forced to shut eyes and jump into the mix, and the effort will be worth it. Many of the songs revolve around a two-beat shuffle rhythm that occasionally goes into what almost seems like a staggered waltz time. Vocals are piercing and at times heart-stopping. This is a really fine recording of Kiowa music.

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