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CD - Ullali - Mahk Jchi

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Traditional and Contemporary First Nations(Native American) music.

Band Members: Pura Fe, Jennifer Kreisberg, Soni Moreno


About the Artist

Ulali features Pura Fe‚ (Tuscarora), Soni (Mayan, Apache, Yaqui), and Jennifer (Tuscarora.) Founded in 1987, Ulali is the first Native women's group to create their own sound from their strong traditional roots and personal contemporary styles. They have created a new genre of Native Music and inspired the creation of other Native women's groups. Known for their unusual harmonies and wide vocal and musical range, Ulali's sound encompasses an array of indigenous music including southeast choral singing (pre-blues and gospel) and pre-Colombian (before the borders) music. With their beautiful yearning and powerful voices, they drum, rattle and stomp. Breaking the stereotypes of Native women, Ulali is political, romantic, and humorous. Their live performances, which uniquely address Native struggles and accomplishments, are energetic, and informative.

Ulali has traveled extensively throughout the US., Canada, and abroad performing at venues like Woodstock 94, the 1996 and the 2002 Olympics , the 1997 Smithsonian's Folkways 50th Anniversary Gala at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the 1998 WOMAD Festival in Seattle, the 1998 and 2001 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivals, the 1999 World Festival of Sacred Music at the Hollywood Bowl, Red Solstice 2000 in Montreal, the Britt Festival 2000 in Oregon, V Day 2001 at Madison Square Garden, and a wide range of other venues, benefit performances, and festivals. They have performed abroad in Germany, Italy, Brazil, Corsica, Portugal and Japan.

Ulali travels throughout Indian country visiting communities, singing for the people, exchanging songs, and maintaining strong ties. They often perform at POW Wows and are regularly on Native radio stations throughout the U.S. and Canada. They were each awarded the "Eagle Spirit Award" at the 25th Annual American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, CA in 2000. In addition they were each, one of several winners, of the "Native American Women's Recognition Award" presented by the Friends of Ganondagon.

The group performed with the Indigo Girls during their 1997 Shaming of the Sun tour and added their distinct voice to the Indigo Girls recording "Shaming the Sun." Ulali also contributed to the Indigo Girls benefit-recording, "Honor the Earth" and participated in the national tour of the same name.

Ulali was featured on the soundtrack of the Miramax film "Smoke Signals." They performed at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival in support of "Smoke Signals" which won the "Audience Choice Award" and "Filmmaker's Trophy." Ulali recorded on the sound tract for the Turner documentary series "The Native Americans." Two of their songs, "Mahk Jchi" and "Ancestor Song" were featured on Robbie Robertson's album, "Robbie Robertson and the Red Road Ensemble." Their video "Follow Your Hearts Desire" won "Best Music Video" at The American Indian Film Institute Awards.

Ulali has aired on National Public Radio several times and made their national television debut when they performed with Robertson as featured guests on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno." After performing at the Todos un Cantos del Mundo in May 2000, they were featured on the "Jô Soares Show," a nationally televised talk show in Brazil. In 2002, they were also featured on Japan television while on tour with the South American group Sisay.

The group has been on several compilations that have been nominated for Juno Awards (the Canadian Grammy awards.) Ulali participated in the Aboriginal Women's Voices Project and helped to develop songs for its recording "Hearts of the Nations." They were featured on the Smithsonian's Folkways compilation "Heartbeat," and can be heard on dozens of albums, documentaries, and movies. Ulali has shared the bill with Buffy Saint Marie, Floyd Westerman, the American Indian Dance Theater, Sting, Richie Havens, the B-52's, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Miriam Makeba and the Neville Brothers.

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