The Black Lodge Singers are longtime leaders of the Native American powwow music scene. Their industrious career has resulted in countless live performances and over 20 albums. In 2002, the group received a Grammy nomination for TRIBUTE TO THE ELDERS. Hailing from White Swan, Washington, the Black Lodge Singers include Kenny Scabby Robe and his 12 sons. Family membership is a traditional aspect of powwow music and contributes to that earth-shaking, unified wall of sound that explodes when the group utters their bellowing calls. That sound (along with the constant beat of the drums) distinguishes powwow music from any other tribal music, but with Black Lodge there is also a unique artistry. The sound is richer and denser than typical powwow music, with a layer of extremely high-pitched vocals that sound like they're coming from a woman or a child. "Trying Hard" is a down-tempo, reflective piece featuring chanting and spoken word. "Crow Hoppin'" is so catchy and melodious it feels more like a folk tune. The group creates a rippling drum effect in "Sneaking Up" which highlights their considerable instrumental talent--not to be overlooked amidst such powerful vocal feats.
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