Rock Point Singers

Navajo Skip Dance & Two-Step Songs, Vol. 1

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This quintet of Navajo singers under the direction of Harry Tso Begay created a series of recordings in the early '80s. This album and its companion volume present a type of song that male Navajo singers perform at certain times during festivities that last several days, and traditionally dancers will choose each other while these songs go on. A buckskin covered cooking pot provides the drum beat. These delightful recordings are perhaps a bit less mystical than some recordings of Native American music, and the songs have a lighter, somewhat flirtatious feeling to them. The members of the group, many of whom are related by blood, work together almost telepathically to create a near unison vocal effect that seems to shimmer in the air. Listeners who like the American west will enjoy references to locations in songs such as "Shiprock Girl." Some of the songs are no doubt observations on the actual festivities, such as the to-the-point "I Told Her to Stay Home, But I See Her Dancing Again."

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