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NAMA collab against the DAPL “Water is Life” project 

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From the NAMA org: 

As we near the 16th Annual Native American Music Awards ceremony, we keep the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s actions to protect their land, water and sacred sites from the Dakota Acess Pipeline, in our prayers and hearts. The pipeline is planned to transport approximately 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The potential of oil leaks would contaminate the only source of water for the reservation and worse. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has received an outpouring of support with over a hundred Tribes, First Nations, Organizations, Cities, and Businesses who have visited and sent them signed resolutions and letters of support. NAMA Nominees such as Joseph FireCrow, Lil Mike & Funny Bone, Thana Redhawk, Spirit Cry, Darren Thompson, Blue Mountain Tribe as well as mainstream artist, Pharrell Williams, Divergent star Shailene Woodley, Actors Jason Momoa and Leonardo DiCaprio all have expressed their support. The Native American Music Awards Stands With Standing Rock especially as they begin what may be the start of a lengthy, legal fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline. Meanwhile, construction work on the pipeline is still ongoing.


Artist Spotlight: The Council

The Council, winners of the Culture Shock Original’s Native Rap $25K Recording Contract Contest, is made up of Antonio Herrera “TONES” and Dmitri Reynolds “DREEZY”. A Native American Rap Group from a rural area in Colorado (Ignacio). The Council’s tribe affiliation is Southern Ute, Jemez Pueblo, Taos Pueblo and Sioux, although they stand with pride and reverence with the whole Native Nation and that very stance is the inspiration for their debut album ONE TRIBE ONE NATION, which is the biggest release of a Native American rap group in
the industry’s history. The Council’s much anticipated album is now currently available in 756 digital stores in a 103 counties. The Council has also been honored with a 2014 Native American Music Awards win for “Best Rap/ Hip Hop Recording of The Year” .
The Council is the real deal and their debut album has the masses heads ringing. It doesn’t hurt that their album is loaded with Superstar features and producers. The tracks that power this little engine that could, are supplied by Scott Storch, Producer of Dr. Dre, Beyonce, 50 Cent, Fat Joe & Terror Squad, Nelly, Xzibit, Eve, the Roots, Mario, Lil’ Kim, Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg and The Game. Also on production, the legendary funk masters George Clinton & Gene “Poo Poo Man” Anderson of Parliament and Funkadelic. The Council’s sound is solid as a rock, thanks to Multi Grammy Award winning producer and engineer Ed Stasium, who mixed and mastered ONE TRIBE ONE NATION, famous for his work with Biohazard, Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, Joan Jett, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Living Colour, MISFITS, Motörhead, Pennywise, Ramones, Ratt, Martha Reeves, Sha Na Na, The Smithereens, Soul Asylum, Talking Heads & countless others. The album features Snoop Dogg, The Game and TI. This star studded lineup has drawn major worldwide attention, but make no mistake about it, The Council truly shines among all these bright stars. Their single, STAY ON RHYTHM featuring TI is current receiving radio play all across America and beyond and has broken into the Top 40 Charts digitally. They have also picked up a 2014 WC American Indian Music Awards nomination for “Best Rap/ Hip Hop Album of The Year”.
The Council is a major part of Culture Shock Original’s One Tribe One Nation Community Intervention Through Music Program. Through the program, The Council hopes to give back to a community that has given them so much. Their goal is to effect positive change in the lives of Native American and Indigenous youth everywhere.
For booking: Marcus Tsosie – Chief Marketing Officer, 480-684-4152,
Music from The Council One Tribe One Nation Album “Take Flight”

Video Interview: Dr. Dawn Karima

We had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Dawn Karima. This is a great interview where we discuss two of Dawn’s Indigenous Music Awards, BBQ, everyday life and other artists.

As noted in the interview, I made a mistake and somehow didn’t record myself on video, but it wasn’t needed. Hope you enjoy!