Waila is the social dance music of the Tohono O’odham (“Desert People”) of the Sonoran desert. The world waila was derived from the Spanish word for dance (baile). Also known as “Chicken Scratch” waila music evolved from the earlier acoustic fiddle bands which adapted European and Mexican tunes heard in Northern Sonora. The music is most frequently hear on and near the Tohono O’odham, Gila River and Pima Salt River reservation of central and southern Arizona.


TRACKS: Click below to listen.
1. Cheek to Cheek Polka (3:41)
2. Everybody’s Chote (3:21)
3. Juan Rios Mazurka (2:37)
4. O’odham’s Special Chote (3:01)
5. Lemonadas Verde Cumbia (3:35)
6. Marieta Polka (3:15)
7. Guadalupe Mazurka (2:53)
8. Un Rinconcito En El Cielo Polka (5:52)
9. Concerned Waila (3:33)
10. Cuatro Vidas Polka (4:09)
11. First Stop Waila (3:48)
12. Stir It Up Chote (3:33) <
13. Gopher’s Cumbia (3:43)
14. Old Time Chote (4:06)
15. Las Gaviotes Polka (3:28)
Total Time: 42:22
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