Wayquay has become somewhat of a superstar within the Native American community and has managed to garner some attention from fans of world music. While the spirit of her culture is definitely evident on Tribal Grind, both musically and lyrically, Wayquay also manages to incorporate pop, rock, and even funk elements into the music. Her delivery, in a husky voice, is often spoken word and somewhat reminiscent of Patti Smith's spoken word works. She also even injects an almost rap cadence to her vocals on tracks like "1492," which addresses prejudice and cultural ignorance (a recurring theme). The music is textured with traditional instruments like rainstick and layered with chants. A fascinating album that is a musical journey.
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AllMusic Review by Tom Demalon