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Composed by James DeMars
Recorded Live at the 2006 ASU Sound Rave

Performed by Black Lodge (Algin Scabby Robe, lead singer, Kenny Scabby Robe, Emerson Scabby Robe, Erwin Scabby Robe, Matthew Scabby Robe)

ASU Wind Symphony (Gary W. Hill, conductor)


Native Drumming features the brilliant Northern-style pow-wow voices of Black Lodge, one of the all-time top drum groups of North America, accompanied by one of best band ensembles in the U.S., the Arizona State University (ASU) Wind Symphony lead by nationally-honored conductor, Gary W. Hill.

Native Drumming matches the vocal power and intense drumming of Black Lodge with the musical range and aural richness of the Wind Symphony’s 75 members: 45 woodwinds (flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, horn), 20 brass (trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba), 8 drummers and percussionists, basses, and piano. Through the dense chords and constantly moving musical lines of the ensemble, Black Lodge weaves the melodies of a traditional flag song, a pow-wow style song, and a traditional Pueblo song.

To give the audience an experience of Native singing as its heard in the community, Black Lodge adds, as a solo encore, a round dance song with the lyrics, Janet Jackson, Liz Taylor, Dolly Parton, Demi Moore. You can have them. I don’t want ’em. Get me Indian girls.
TRACKS: Click below to listen.
1. Native Drumming: Part One – Flag Song (7:33, composed by James DeMars)
2. Native Drumming: Part Two – Destiny Song and Mask Dance (14:30, composed by James DeMars)
3. Get Me Indian Girls (2:53, composed by Kenny Scabby Robe)
Total Time: 24:56