Although Standing Rock has most captured the souls & minds of Indian Country during 2016, there are many black snakes afflicting Turtle Island — & I have been standing in solidarity with the Ramapough Lunaape water protectors of the Split Rock prayer camp in New Jersey that are trying to stop the Algonquin Pipeline project threatening the Hudson River & the surrounding lands of the Tri-State & New England. I & my band Cactus Rose have pledged to Ramapough Chief Dwaine Perry to be of support to Split Rock, as they hold the space & unite with other allied environmental and social justice groups of the region to stop this black snake. The news that Red Warrior Camp is leaving Standing Rock & withdrawing from the #NoDAPL fight there, even as they turn their energy & focus to other frontlines of Indian Country, has underscored the need for all of us pan-indigenous united folks to tend to the issues in our own backyards/home locales. Here’s some images from my visit to Split Rock this past weekend; all photos by me, except the 2 where I am pictured – by Hugo Kenzo
I will be addressing this activism tonight at my conversation/concert on protest music & activism @ Decolonize This Place in TriBeCa. Looking forward! A’ho*
( Kandia Crazy Horse & Jonathan Demme @ Split Rock Sweet Water Prayer Camp in the land of the Ramapough Lunaape, NJ – by Japanese-Brazilian filmmaker Hugo Kenzo )
( The donations for the Ramapough Lunaape of the camp from me/my band Cactus Rose, @ my flat before the trip )
( #DefendTheSacred in the tents @ Split Rock prayer camp )
( Kandia Crazy Horse, water protector & Indian Country activist, @ Split Rock Sweet Water Prayer Camp in NJ – by Hugo Kenzo )
December 12, 2016 | Categories: Red Road, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: Activism, Activist, Algonquin, AlgonquinPipeline, artivist, Black, BlackSnakeKillas, CactusRoseBand, ChiefDwainePerry, Country, Country Music, CountryGirls, CountryGirlsDoItBetter, countrysinger, DecolonizeThisPlace, EnvironmentalCauses, HugoKenzo, IndianCountry, IndianPoint, Indigenous, JonathanDemme, Kandia Crazy Horse, LoveWaterNotOil, Mahwah, MniWiconi, Music, NewJersey, News, Prayer, Protect The Sacred, ProtestMusic, RamapoughLenape, RamapoughLunaape, RedRoad, SAPE, SplitRock, SplitRockSweetWaterPrayerCamp, StandingWithStandingRock, TurtleIslandLiberation | Leave a comment
“Rebel Music In The Hour Of Chaos:” Music emanates directly from my indigenous soul. Therefore, it immediately made sense for me to perform my music again this year as a soundtrack to our overlapping struggles – including #NoDAPL. Sounds, including freedom songs past & present, most powerfully link us together & amplify what’s transpiring from the actions in the streets. I was born in the Season of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going’ On,” an album that dominated my childhood as the strivings for Total Revolution continued past the 1960s societal upheaval; and the inspiration to become an artist-activist sprang from that era. I remain under the influence of rebel music from many artists and cultures – Please join us on Monday 12 December @ Decolonize This Place. 55 Walker St, TriBeCa NYC (Doors 8pm). when we will perform some songs of protest & be in conversation about our activism with Brotha Rob Fields (Bold As Love / Black Rock Coalition) – A’ho! Cactus Rose ft. Special Guests: Abiodun Oyewole (The Last Poets) & Mahina Movement
This may be our final show of 2016, so we really appreciate you coming through & all of your support during the many Standing Rock resistance actions – Wopila tanka, y’all
( Afro-Native sisterhood from Virginia: Kimberly Robison/KAR & Kandia Crazy Horse of Cactus Rose, Native Americana / cosmic country band, @ Decolonize This Place in TriBeCa this past Sunday for Black Art & Activism Now, curated by Dr. Camara Holloway & Tavia Nyong’o (Yale University) )
( preliminary poster for REBEL MUSIC IN THE HOUR OF CHAOS by artist Kyle Goen (Decolonize This Place/MTO Collective) #KyleDidThis )
( Jeff McLaughlin, lead guitarist / vocals of Cactus Rose )
( Kandia Crazy Horse with Lorena, Vaimoana & Gabby of Mahina Movement @ Decolonize This Place NYC )
( Kandia Crazy Horse & Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets – Cactus Rose Instagram: @cactusroselovesyou )
December 7, 2016 | Categories: Live, Red Road, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: 99MileMarch, AbiodunOyewole, Activism, Activist, AfroChesapeake, Afrohippies, AfroLatino, AfroNative, AfroPunk, AfroTexas, AltCountry, Americana, AmericanHistory, AmericanSlavery, Ameripolitan, AnneMarieForrester, Artists, BlackArtAndActivismNow, BlackArtsMovement, BlackAtlantic, blackcontemporaryart, BlackHillbilly, BlackHistory, BlackLivesMatter, BlackRockCoalition, BlackSnakeKillas, blackwomenartists, BoldAsLove, BrianJackson, CactusRose, CactusRoseBand, Country, Country Music, CountryandWestern, CountryGirls, CountryGirlsDoItBetter, countryrock, countrysinger, DecolonizeThisPlace, Dixie, femaleartists, femalesingersongwriters, folk, Folkie, FolkMusic, FolkRock, Folksingers, Georgia, GeorgiaPeach, GeorgiaRoots, GilScottHeron, grassrootsartists, Icons, IndependentArtists, Indigenous, IStandWithStandingRock, JeffMcLaughlin, Kandia Crazy Horse, KimberlyRobison, KyleGoen, Latina, Latinx, MniWiconi, ModernSoundsInCountryAndWesternMusic, Moon, Music, NativeAmerican, NativeAmericana, News, NoAIM, NoDAPL, NYC, NYC2StandingRock, NYStandsWithStandingRock, OccupyGuitarmy, OccupyMusic, outlaw country, PaulRobeson, PeteSeeger, poetry, PolynesianCulture, Prayer, ProtectTheSacred, ProtestMusic, PublicEnemy, radicals, RadioFreeDixie, rap, RebelMusic, RebelMusicInTheHourOfChaos, RobFields, SingOut, South, SplitRock, spokenword, TheFutureIsFemale, TheLastPoets, Virginia, Water Is Life, Water Is Life Solidarity Concert, WaterNotOil, WaterProtectors, WoodlandsIndians, WoodyGuthrie | Leave a comment
Last night in Harlem, I attended the Democracy Now 20th anniversary celebration @ Riverside Church – by the grace & generosity of my filmmaker friend Jonathan (his footage from the past long weekend @ Standing Rock may be on the Tavis Smiley show tonight on PBS). This photograph is from just after I sang “This Land Is Your Land” in the nave @ Riverside with Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine). They’d been spinning Woody Guthrie before the event & I reckon a Steve Earle version of the tune. I had been musing deeply on Woody, Pete Seeger, Madiba, my honorary uncle Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael)’s funeral in the same space & that MLK Jr denounced the Vietnam War from that pulpit. Singing in this sanctified Harlem space by the Hudson riverside got me fired up for next week’s rebel music program @ Decolonize #AllPowerToThePeople #CactusRose #KandiaCrazyHorse #artist #activist #indigenousrevolutionary #DemocracyNow20 #SingOut!!!
( Tom Morello by Kandia Crazy Horse )
Another photo from “Celebrate 20 Years of Democracy Now!” that Gina Belafonte sent me during the event. Although they knew each other previously, this was the first time Noam Chomsky & Harry Belafonte shared a platform according to him. What I loved best about Uncle Harry’s portion: he referred to Standing Rock & remade the call to Obama — as per my own wish throughout Walking Eagle’s presidency — to pardon Leonard Peltier. Accompanied by Democracy Now‘s footage @ Standing Rock & other indigenous resistance actions including those of Idle No More, I felt good to have our issues addressed on the date of the camps’ eviction (5 December). This discussion with the icons plus show hosts Amy Goodman & Juan Gonzalez occurred right before Patti Smith took the stage with a guitarist & her daughter Jesse on piano (a generational sonic nurturing I was glad to bear witness to as a female singer-songwriter & activist) to sing a forceful rendition of “People Got The Power” to a standing ovation.
( Noam Chomsky & Harry Belafonte sharing a platform for the first time – Democracy Now 20 @ Riverside Church in Harlem, by Gina Belafonte )
I am grateful I got to attend the event, be inspired by the speakers including Danny Glover & Danny DeVito, and, impromptu, be invited to sing a song for the people by one of our most hallowed American artist-activist icons, Woody Guthrie. Still musing on the takeaway from this celebration & will be sure to express it at my own protest music conversation/concert next week in Manhattan. Please join us in TriBeCa on the evening of 12/12 – We The People have many more reasons now in the Americas to #SingOut!!!
( Kandia Crazy Horse, singer/songwriter/indigenous activist of Cactus Rose, Native Americana / country music band, @ Riverside Church in Manhattan, after Democracy Now 20 )
December 7, 2016 | Categories: Live, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: AfroNative, AmyGoodman, CactusRoseBand, Country Music, CountryandWestern, CountryGirlsDoItBetter, countryrock, countrysinger, Dakota Access Pipeline, DakotaAccessPipelineResistance, DannyGlover, DefendTheSacred, DemocracyNow, EnvironmentalCauses, femaleartists, FemaleRockCritics, femalesingersongwriters, FolkMusic, Folksingers, Harlem, HarryBelafonte, Icons, IdleNoMore, IndependentArtists, IndependentJournalism, Indigenous, IStandWithStandingRock, JonathanDemme, JuanGonzalez, Kandia Crazy Horse, KwameTure, Legends, LeonardPeltier, LoveWaterNotOil, Madiba, MartinLutherKingJr, MniWiconi, Music, NativeAmerican, NativeAmericana, NativeLivesMatter, News, NoAIM, NoamChomsky, NoDAPL, NYC2StandingRock, NYStandsWithStandingRock, PattiSmith, PattiSmithGroup, PaulRobeson, PeteSeeger, ProgressiveMedia, ProtestMusic, RageAgainstTheMachine, RezpectOurWater, RiversideChurch, rockcritics, singersongwriter, StandingInSolidarityWithStandingRock, StandingRockSiouxTribe, Television, TheFutureIsFemale, TomMorello, VietnamWar, WaterProtectors, WoodyGuthrie | Leave a comment
Here’s a snap by youngblood Claude from last night @ Decolonize This Place, just before the sistren of protest music trio Mahina Movement sang a mighty powerful song In The Spirit of 1491. Contributing some guest vocals — impromptu, I joined them on singing “Ella’s Song” by Sweet Honey In The Rock, and some other tunes — & bearing witness to the live recording of their album for Palestine was a great way to end Native American Heritage Month.
(L-R) Kandia Crazy Horse, singer/songwriter/activist of Cactus Rose; Mahina Movement: Lorena Ambrosio (vocals, cajon, spoken word), Vaimoana Litia Makakaufaki Niumeitolu (vocals, spoken word) & Gabby (vocals, guitar), activists
We be #strongresilientindigenous & we’re looking forward to performing together come 12 December, back @ Decolonize in TriBeCa – A’ho!
#womenwarriorwednesdays #femalesingersongwriters #artists #activists #indigenousrevolutionaries #tbt #NoDAPL #FreePalestine
December 1, 2016 | Categories: Live, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: Activism, Activist, Art, Artists, artivist, BerniceJohnsonReagon, Black, BlackPower50, blackwomenartists, CactusRose, CactusRoseBand, Concert, ContemporaryArt, Country, CountryandWestern, CountryGirls, CountryGirlsDoItBetter, CountryMusic, countrysinger, DecolonizeThisPlace, ElectricLadies, EllaBaker, femaleartists, femalesingersongwriters, folk, FolkMusic, Folksingers, FreedomSongs, FreePalestine, GeorgiaRoots, IndependentArtists, Indigenous, IndigenousFutures, Kandia Crazy Horse, LiveMusic, LiveRecording, MahinaMovement, Muses, Music, News, NoDAPL, NYC, NYStandsWithStandingRock, Palestine, poetess, poetry, ProtestMusic, RebelMusic, rock, rockandroll, Sisterhood, Solidarity, spokenword, supportlivemusic, SweetHoneyInTheRock, TheFutureIsFemale, TriBeCa, WomenWarriors | Leave a comment
As a fan/supporter of the Americana & Alt-Country scenes for decades, as well as a longtime rock journalist/music editor covering the country genre, I became aware of Brooklyn’s Jalopy Theater at its inception & used to frequent it a lot in the earlier days of its existence when I socialized with a lot of rural transplants to the City from elsewhere in Mainland America. Since I started writing songs & then playing out, have long wished to play there for Jalopy is the main equivalent in NYC to what the Nashville country Mother Church, the Ryman, provided for generations of hillbilly singers & players during the 20th century. So I am pleased that I am finally making my debut appearance @ Jalopy Theater on 25 November, with my new Native Americana / Cosmic Country band Cactus Rose: Jeff McLaughlin (guitar, vocals), Evan Taylor (drums), Hilary Hawke (banjo, vocals) & our frequent guest star, Seminole elder/artist/activist Lonnie Harrington (guitar, vocals). Thanks to the organizer of this benefit for the water protectors of Standing Rock that we are performing in support of: Jan Bell of the Maybelles & #BrooklynAmericanaFestival
( My picker, Jeff McLaughlin, with his signature Heritage guitar, during our Cactus Rose band rehearsal this afternoon, High Harlem NYC – We are pleased to continue our activism & being of service via our art on behalf of Standing Rock — as well as the Split Rock — water protectors in North Dakota & New Jersey #mniwiconi #NoDAPL #NoAIM #StandingInSolidarityWithStandingRock #LoveWillWin )
It will be fun to again share a bill with the husband of my dear sistahfriend & fellow Georgia Peach, Amanda Jo Williams, that I have sung with for years: Matthew O’Neill – Matthew’s also a big Neil Young fancier & we commune often about Neil’s sounds & Native lore; so great timing to do a show with him during Native American Heritage Month & right after Thanksgiving. Looking forward! Nee Ah Nee – A’ho*
November 16, 2016 | Categories: Live, Red Road, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: Activism, Activist, AfroNative, AmandaJoWilliams, Americana, Appalachia, Benefit, Brooklyn, BrooklynAmericanaFestival, BrooklynCountry, CactusRose, Concert, Country, CountryandWestern, CountryGirls, CountryMusic, countryrock, countrysinger, Georgia, GeorgiaPeach, grassrootsartists, JalopyTheater, JanBell, Kandia Crazy Horse, MatthewONeill, MniWiconi, mountainmusic, Music, native, NativeAmerican, NativeAmericana, NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, News, NYC, NYC2StandingRock, Protect The Sacred, ProtestMusic, RezpectOurWater, Seminole, Sounds, SplitRock, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, StandingInSolidarityWithStandingRock, StandingRockSiouxTribe, StandingWithStandingRock, supportlivemusic, Thanksgiving, Water Is Life, WaterNotOil, WaterProtectors, WomenWarriors | Leave a comment
Last night, I received Supermoon Medicine & then journeyed to the television station of Bronxnet to serve as a guest artist-activist on Fierce-Truthseeker’s (Tsalagi) show The Red Road East, which covers art, entertainment & political issues of Indian Country. As you may recall, I was the guest on the first-ever episode of the program & was happy to be asked back again — specifically for Native American Heritage Month — to speak on the Standing Rock & Split Rock resistance movement in the NYC / Northeast area, what actions we have done & plan for the future & promote the upcoming Standing Rock benefits I will be doing here: on 25 November @ Jalopy Theater in Brooklyn & the weekend of 16 December on Manhattan’s Upper East Side @ Ibex Puppetry. Additionally, I will be doing an artists & activism program on the current state of protest music, back at Decolonize This Place in TriBeCa on 12 December, with my Native Americana / Cosmic Country band Cactus Rose & special guest Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets. Stay tuned / follow me on Instagram for posters, ticket links & updates on these events.
When The Red Road East airs, will share the footage here for y’all outside the local NYC network. The Standing Rock benefits of Neil Young, Jackson Browne & Dave Matthews have gotten a lot more notice than the efforts of our grassroots collective of activists & generally, it’s difficult to get the media to pay attention to the creation of independent musicians without multi-million dollar teams behind them. Yet we are trying hard with very few resources to contribute to the cause with an all-female artists lineup Standing Rock benefit – the one slated for mid-December — to remind people that, despite the election outcome, #TheFutureIsFemale …So we thank you heartily for your support & for coming through to the concerts. I am a mite weary, but enjoying #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth to the fullest! A’ho*
( Kandia Crazy Horse @ Bronxnet studios, before the live taping on “The Red Road East” )
( Kandia Crazy Horse of Cactus Rose & Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets @ Bronxnet, after the taping of “The Red Road East” #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth x #BlackPower50 #indigenousfutures #IStandWithStandingRock )
(The set / studio of “The Red Road East” hosted by Fierce-Truthseeker #Tsalagi #Cherokee)
“Those who damage Mother Earth, damage us all / Forgive them / They don’t yet see”
– Neil Young
November 15, 2016 | Categories: Airplay, Interviews, Live, Red Road, Showout, Uncategorized | Tags: AbiodunOyewole, Activism, AfroNative, AlgonquinPipeline, Americana, AmericanHistory, Ancestors, Artists, artivist, Benefit, Black, BlackArtsMovement, BlackHistory, BlackPower50, BlackSnakeKillas, blackwomenartists, Bronxnet, Brooklyn, BrooklynCountry, Cherokee, Dakota Access Pipeline, DakotaAccessPipelineResistance, DecolonizeThisPlace, femaleartists, FierceTruthseeker, FreedomSongs, grassrootsartists, IbexPuppetry, Icons, IndependentArtists, IndianPoint, Indigenous, IStandWithStandingRock, JalopyTheater, Kandia Crazy Horse, MichaelLizzmoreJr, Music, native, NativeAmerican, NativeAmericana, NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, NativeLivesMatter, NeilYoung, News, NoAIM, NoDAPL, NorthDakota, NYC, poetry, Protect The Sacred, ProtestMusic, rap, SplitRock, spokenword, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, StopSpectra, Supermoon, Television, TheFutureIsFemale, TheLastPoets, TheRedRoadEast, Tsalagi | Leave a comment