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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: 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, MarcusTsosie@CultureShockOriginal.com
Music from The Council One Tribe One Nation Album “Take Flight” https://youtu.be/xnnP2tMee18

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!

Twitter: www.twitter.com/dawnkarima

YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCKjLOYLTrrwPCE7gr2zqSTw

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

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


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. 


“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 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

Artist Spotlight: Darae

Darae is a Native American R&B artist from Louisiana. He first found his passion for music from his uncle who played in a local Zydeco band in town. Growing up he would listen to multiple styles of music from country, classic rock, hip hop, rap, and R&B. As a child his favorite artist was Vince Gill. The soulful sound he heard as Vince Gill sang songs like “I still believe in you” drove his passion to be a soulful singer. Darae said “Vince would take you through his stories in each song, you could feel the passion, and the love as his vocals touched your heart”.