Thursday, August 7, 2014

More About Today's Music

Walela translates into English as "hummingbird" and was the name of a familial Native American supergroup from the 1990's (and would have been the name of my kid if he had been a she), consisting of the legendary Rita Coolidge, her equally famous sister Priscilla and Priscilla's daughter Laura Satterfield (who has recorded with yesterday's featured artist Robert Mirabal).  The song, which refers to the Trial Of Tears, is sung mostly in English, with a notable phrase from the Trail sung in Tsalagi (Cherokee), which roughly translates in the ball park of "when we get to the other side (both of the big river and to the afterlife), we are going to put on our Eagle wings and soar to Heaven."

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