Description

 

Originally released in 1972, these are the legendary first two recordings of waila, the energetic social dance music of the Native American peoples of the southern Arizona desert. Also referred to as “chicken scratch”, the vibrant melodies of saxophone, accordion, and electric guitar glide across the solid backbeat of bass and drums performing polkas, schottisches, and mazurkas. This newly remastered collection brings together classic recordings of this musical hybrid rooted in the contacts between European immigrants and the Tohono O’odham peoples.

TRACKS: Click below to listen.
Tracks 1-4 are performed by El Conjunto Murrietta.
1. La Sanja – “The Ditch” (3:02)
2. El Caballito Bronco – “Little Wild Pony” (2:40)
3. Y Cantatumbas – “Tumblings” (3:12)
4. Lucila (6:38)
Tracks 5-11 are performed by Mike Enis and Company.
5. Agnes Polka (2:19)
6. Soy NorteƱo (3:09)
7. Cholla Polka (3:19)
8. Mesquite Polka (3:07)
9. Enis Special (1:59)
10. O’Dam-Cho – Two-Step (2:03)
11. To-Hono Polka – “Far Away” (2:26)
Tracks 12-17 are performed by Los Papagos Molinas.
12. Tengo Mieto – Polka (2:28)
13. Tohono Chote – Chote (3:26)
14. Buttermilk – Polka (2:25)
15. Pisinimo Chote – Chote (2:43)
16. Winston Polka – Polka (2:47)
17. Hochude Waila – “Lizard Dance” Polka (2:40)
Tracks 18-23 are performed by Elvin Kelly y Los Reyes.
18. Chen Wen Wen Chona – Polka (2:54)
19. La Zapateada – Redova (2:12)
20. Ester – Polka (3:03)
21. La Pipla – Chote (1:58)
22. El Gallo – Guaracha (3:03)
23. Ojos Peludo – Polka (2:40)
Total Time: 67:55