Category Archives: Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Richie Ledreagle

 Richard L. Ragudo Jr., Also known to his many fans and supporters as “Richie Ledreagle” has been involved as an artist-activist in the music industry since the early 90’s. He established himself as a unique artist being of indigenous decent and created his own niche in the industry. Since early on in his career, he not only focused on the entertainment aspect of the music, but business as well, establishing his own publishing and writing company through A.S.C.A.P. in 1994.
As an entrepreneur, Richie started Leo Dragon Eagle Records LLC in 2001, an independent record label. Under that label he released the industry album, self-titled, “Ledreagle.” Under that same company Richie also opened a retail store and art gallery in Rocklin CA, which featured local artists as well as upstart clothing companies. He later self-published an industry and lifestyle related publication, the S.A.C. Mag., which featured local and word renown artists and culturally relevant articles and advertisement space.
Recently, Richie re-established himself in the world of indigenous Hip-Hop and in particular California Indigenous Hip Hop. With the launch of Indigenous Warrior Enterprise came the Indigenous Warrior Clothing Line, Indigenous Warrior Album, tour and Indigenous Warrior Entertainment.
Performances and appearances are geared toward community and culturally related events. Some of his performance locations also include various community centers and primary schools, the State Capitol, State Fair, and Convention Center in Sacramento, CA, Sacramento City College, Humboldt State University and most recently the Indigenous Legends Awards at the Viper Room in Hollywood CA.
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Artist Spotlight: Riah

Culture Shock Original recording artist, Riah, is a proud member of the Navajo Nation and is a resident of Flagstaff Arizona via Page Arizona. It’s there, where she has paid her dues and learned to be the true professional she is today. A true superstar in the making. Beauty, Charisma & Talent all rolled into one. Her star power is shining even brighter with the release of her debut album, “Believe” which is available in 756 stores in 103 countries WORLDWIDE. Her single “In The Middle” is currently receiving radio play all across the nation and beyond. Her fan base continues to grow and with the 2014 WC American Indian Music Awards nomination and victory in the “R&B Album of The Year” category, The sky is the limit for this young charismatic star. She strivesto be a role model. 

 She is currently working with Culture Shock Original’s One Tribe One Nation Community Intervention Through Music Program, where she hope to effect positive change in the lives of Native American and Indigenous youth.

Riah “In The Middle” (Official Music Video) 

   

  

  

  

Artist Spotlight: The Red and Blues

 The Red and Blues are releasing singles up to the release of their debut, self-titled, EP. Aiming for a full album release in the fall, the band is making these songs available for their fans, friends, and family. The all Native (Pawnee, Sioux, Creek) Soul-Rock/Blues trio consists of Kahheetah Barnoskie (Drums, Guitar, Bass), Reign Charger (Drums, Guitar, Bass, Vocals), and Marcus Barnoskie (Drums, Guitar, Bass, Vocals). The multi-instrumentalists exchange instruments during their sets to focus their sound in to a Rock and Blues style with contrasting soul and rock rhythms. The Red and Blues music can be streamed or downloaded from soundcloud (soundcloud.com/the-red-and-blues) and reverbnation (reverbnation.com/theredandblues).
Founding members Marcus Barnoskie and Reign Charger met in Lawrence, Kansas while attending Haskell Indian Nations University. Kahheetah Barnoskie, sibling of Marcus, became a member shortly after the conception of the band, for her multi instrumental talents. The band was formed in February of 2015with the focus of spreading their message of hope and justice to Indigenous nations across the globe.
The band was selected to perform at Gathering of Nation’s Stage 49 in April of 2015 and performs frequently (2-3 shows/month) in the Lawrence, Ks area. The band is set to return to the stage in August, when school resumes, and are working diligently to finish a debut album. 
For more information contact Marcus Barnoskie at:

theredandbluesrock@gmail.com

or by phone at: (707) 273-8705
For updates follow, like, or subscribe to the red and blues on facebook (facebook.com/theredandblues), twitter (twitter.com/theredandblues), soundcloud (soundcloud.com/the-red-and-blues), or reverbnation (reverbnation.com/theredandblues).

   
 

Artist Spotlight: Dawn Karima

Dr. Dawn Karima (Creek/Cherokee) is a NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARD WINNER, who hosts “A Conversation with Dawn Karima”, a Native American talk show on TalktainmentRadio and its affiliates. The author of two novels, THE WAY WE MAKE SENSE and THE MARRIAGE OF SAINTS and co-author of CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY READ, she lives on the Qualla Boundary Reservation.
THE DESIRE OF NATIONS won a NAMMY for Best Gospel/Inspirational in 2013 and her NAMMY-nominated CD is THE WORSHIP OF ANGELS. She is also a journalist and award-winning filmmaker. She has a BA from Harvard and the MFA in Creative Writing from The Ohio State University. Her doctorate was completed at The University of Kentucky / Trinity Seminary. Dawn Karima Pettigrew is currently Ms. American Indian Beauty, and has reigned as Ms. Native American Worldwide, Ms. Native American Achievement and Miss North Carolina Achievement. She teaches Native American Studies at the university level, and is a beadworker , shellshaker and women’s traditional powwow dancer. A popular Motivational Speaker and Performer, she is available to hire to share her talents with groups, organizations, events, conferences and concerts.

Follow Dawn at the following:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/dawnkarima

YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCKjLOYLTrrwPCE7gr2zqSTw

Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/honeydawnkarima

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Video Interview & Artist Spotlight: Pensmoke “the Professional Outcast”

It’s an honor to have our first interview with Pensmoke. We want to thank Pensmoke for the time he took from his schedule for the interview! Please support Pensmoke by visiting his FaceBook and music pages. 

Bio:

“Pensmoke ‘The Professional Outcast’ is an emcee specializing in traditional Hip Hop music with the Truth embedded in it. His music speaks on things like life struggles, God, Native American issues, and the deteriorated state of hip hop today. He is currently working on his second album after being involved in a group project and several features. Google search ‘Pensmoke’ for more details.”

Follow Pensmoke here: Facebook

Twitter: @Pensmoke

Pensmoke’s 1st Album: CD BABY: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/Pensmoke

Bandcamp Website: http://pensmoketheprofessionaloutcast.bandcamp.com

Artist Spotlight: Shawn Joseph “Creator’s Flute Warrior”

Born with a desire to play the saxophone, but never could afford one. Shawn’s uncle heard of his desire and said he had a flute he would give Shawn under one condition…. that when Shawn learned how to play, play it for him. “I remember some terrible squawking and squeaking noises my poor sweet wife of 29 years enduring through” Said Shawn in a recent interview. “My growing pains gave her ear pains” Shawn said joking.

All the songs on his latest CD`s are created from Shawn’s personal flutes that he has crafted. One is in the key of Am and the other Fm.

Shawn is a very active musician. Shawn plays the drums and is a percussionist for the band Spirit Cry. Shawn has been invited to play at Pow Wows, Tribal Princess Pageants, Youth events and gospel singings.

Shawn Joseph “Creator’s Flute Warrior” is Chickasaw & Choctaw and loves creating Native American Flute music that touches your Spirit and Soul.

You can follow Shawn at the following locations:

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/creatorsflutewarrior
Label: http://www.moderndayindianterritory.com/shawn-joseph.html

Get Shawn’s music at the following stores!

Itunes

Amazon

Spotify

Shawn Joseph cd cover

Artist Spitlight: The Groovalottos 

The GROOVALOTTOS are a soul-funk band of seasoned and award-winning studio and touring soul, funk, jazz and blues players. Said to play with their souls instead of their hands, The GROOVALOTTOS are contemporary Cherokee, Choctaw, and Wampanoag ‘Song Keepers’ bringing strong medicine in the form of soul-funk.
Originally formed in 2010 by veteran Motown studio player, James Wolf as a band called “Double Stuff” the band adopted the name “The GroovaLottos” from a play written by Keyboardist, vocalist Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor, making their first public appearance under the new name in 2011 at a Multicultural Festival on Cape Cod. Wolf and the original bass player left the band in 2012, leaving Johnson and the Professor to re-invent the band’s sound and influences. Both being of Afro-Native ancestry and brought up within the composite culture of that mix; and with the addition of Mr Sweeting on bass, led to a cultural revolution for the band’s sound, image, philosophy and mission. 
The band has performed at arts festivals and native gatherings throughout the east coast and mid Atlantic region, as well as being tapped as the inaugural band for the first gathering of the National Congress of Black American Indians in July of 2014 in Washington DC, the Boston Jazz Fest, Springfield Indie Soul Festival, NDN Soul Festival, and Dighton Native Arts Festival.
Band Members:
Eddie Ray Johnson (Choctaw) – Drums & Vocals
Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor (Mashpee Wampanoag) – Keys & Vocals
Christopher “Redbone” Sweeting (Eastern Cherokee) – Bass & Vocals

The GroovaLottos Music
Photo Credits:
2015-03-18… photo by Kimberley M Canto
L-R: Eddie Ray, Mwalim, Redbone
TG Serious… photo by Morgan James Peters, II
L-R: Mwalim, Eddie Ray, Redbone