Various Artists

Tribal Gathering: Native American Inter-Tribal Music

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At Native American communities in the U.S., the music performed can range from traditional tribal chants to contemporary Native American pop and folk. Some Native American collections have reflected that diversity -- 1998's highly eclectic The Rough Guide to Native American Music, for example, finds Native Americans embracing everything from acoustic tribal music to modern folk-pop, ranchero and hardcore rap. But for Tribal Gatherings, Music of the World is quite traditional in its outlook. This enriching collection offers ceremonial, spiritual and social performances by members of the Hopi, Navajo, Comanche, Cheyenne, Pueblo, Kiowa and Zuni tribes. Artists like the Garcia Brothers, the Alliance West Singers, Jones Benally and Peter Garcia favor time-honored drums and/or percussion instruments, and the type of chants they provide have been a part of Native American gatherings for centuries. Cheyenne's "Round Dance" incorporates some English lyrics, but it's far from pop. If you consider yourself a purist when it comes to Native American music, this is a CD you can appreciate.

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