Friday, August 8, 2014

More About Today's Music

This comes from the soundtrack to the Sherman Alexis (Spokane/Coeur d'Alene) penned and Chris Erye (Cheyenne/Arapaho) directed native film Smoke Signals.  All of the incidental music was composed by B. C. Smith including this dynamic number, which is a Suite.  The core of the suite featured the song Wah Jhi Le Yihm, which is sung in the extinct Saponi language, which was/is a Southern Siouan language very closely related to Tutelo, the translation was made by Lawrence Dunmore, who is a Saponi descendant, and sung by another Native singing supergroup Ulali.  The title translates into English as "I will carry you."  In addition to the Ulali performance, they are backed up with the Northwest Sinfonia.  Like so many native songs, the is performed in the traditional round style.  


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