This compilation of music from our Native
American elder brothers and sisters includes music representing most of todays
Fourth World culture. The album goes from North (Kashtin and Tudjaat Canadian
Inuit) to South (Expresión- Peruvian Andes) to include examples of acoustic, folk rock,
Brazilian jazz and Andean music. For me, the high point was Marlui Mirandas knockout
singing on Aruruna. Sadly missing, though, are traditional powwow songs and the new
Black Indian beat. (You may want to add The Rough Guide to Native American Music to this
for a more complete collection). Putumayos recognizable, always cute folk art cover
adds to the enjoyment of the album.
All in all, this compilation is a very listenable collection of Native
Music that fits together well, compelling the astute listener to wonder aloud to anyone
who will listen: Where has this music been hiding all this time and why can I never find
it on the radio!!
Copyright©WWUH: May/June Program Guide, 1999