The forced removal of Indigenous people from our own land (although we don’t have the sense of ownership of Turtle Island that the dominant culture does…) at #StandingRock is part of a time-worn historical continuum of violence that this country operates on. A trail of broken treaties ghosted yesterday’s actions in North Dakota, the water protectors camps engulfed in flames as per this Time footage
( Kandia Crazy Horse @ Emergency Rally for Standing Rock @ Union Square (yesterday) in NYC, by Zapotec photographer & artist Javier Soriano from Puebla, Mexico )
Last night on Wednesday, February 22, I joined a group of water protectors gathered in Union Square to stand in solidarity with the water protectors at Standing Rock, as we had been alerted via digital smoke signals to the 2pm deadline for forcible eviction. Yesterday, the remaining core of water protectors were evicted from the camps — including Oceti Sakowin — near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. It was also an occasion to enjoy some of the unprecedented pan-indigenous unity we’ve been experiencing, including Zapotec brothers from Puebla in Mexico to queer Pinoy activists holding forth about the conflict in Mindanao in the Philippines. I & a Lakota brother from Red Warrior Camp are both affiliated with Split Rock prayer camp in NJ & spoke to that at the rally to encourage our local tri-state sisters & brothers to engage with the fight against our own black snakes afflicting the Hudson River and surrounding areas — the resistance is not over yet, upon any part of Turtle Island. As one of the youngest speakers at the rally, Abby, mentioned, many of us come from so-called minority populations & indigenous communities disproportionately affected by environmental racism, and we cannot let it stand – A’ho*
A reminder: “The Oceti Sakowin Camp: a first of its kind historic gathering of Indigenous Nations. The most recent such assembly of Tribes occurred when the Great Sioux Nation gathered before the Battle at the Little Big Horn.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe supports the peaceful and prayerful message of the Oceti Sakowin leaders. The on-reservation camp allowed the tribe to explore longer term ways to meet the needs of the community that is 100% off-the-grid and features Solar & Wind power generation.”
See some of the photographs that Brotha Javier took of the rally here:
February 23, 2017 | Categories: Live, Red Road, Uncategorized | Tags: Activism, Activist, BlackSnakeKillas, Honor The Treaties, Kandia Crazy Horse, MniWiconi, News, NoAIM, NoDAPL, NorthDakota, NYC, NYC2StandingRock, OcetiSakowin, Protect The Sacred, Rally, Ramapough, RamapoughLunaape, RedWarriorCamp, SplitRock, SplitRockSweetWaterPrayerCamp, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, StandingInSolidarityWithStandingRock, StandingRockSiouxTribe, StandingWithStandingRock, Water Is Life, WaterNotOil, WaterProtectors | Leave a comment
Beautiful poster art in my favorite color, by our brother-in-struggle Kyle Goen #kyledidthis
December 7, 2016 | Categories: Live, Red Road, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: AbiodunOyewole, Activism, Art, Artists, ArtistsSpace, artivist, Black Snake Killas, BlackAtlantic, blackcontemporaryart, BlackHistory, BlackLivesMatter, BlackRockCoalition, CactusRose, CactusRoseBand, Country Music, CountryandWestern, CountryGirlsDoItBetter, DecolonizeThisPlace, DefendTheSacred, femalesingersongwriters, folk, FolkMusic, FolkRock, FreedomSongs, FreePalestine, grassrootsartists, Icons, IndependentArtists, IndianCountry, Indigenous, InMemoriam, IStandWithStandingRock, JeffMcLaughlin, Kandia Crazy Horse, Karline, KimberlyRobison, KyleGoen, MahinaMovement, Music, News, NoAIM, NoDAPL, outlaw country, Palestine, PeteSeeger, poetry, Protect The Sacred, Race, radicals, RadioFreeDixie, rap, RebelMusic, RebelMusicInTheHourOfChaos, RedRoad, RobFields, singersongwriter, SingOut, Sisterhood, Slavery, SlaveTrade, Solidarity, Songbird, Soul, South, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, StandingRockSiouxTribe, TheFutureIsFemale, TheLastPoets, Water Is Life, WaterNotOil, WaterProtectors | 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
Just returned a bit earlier from my twin Camara’s #blackartandactivismnow event in TriBeCa @ our home away from home #DecolonizeThisPlace — fortunately, my Black Rock Coalition/Bold As Love good friend/compadre Rob Fields was seated by me at the program, sharing the digital smoke signals about the #NoDAPL good news with me during the panel & then, upon returning home, got a ring from my friend Jonathan from the camps @ the frontline in North Dakota giving the confirmation that the easement was not granted to ETA – if they git’er done, Jonathan’s footage will appear on the Tavis Smiley show on PBS Tuesday night. I finally truly believe in the power of prayer, happy to see such a great outcome after many months of organizing, laboring, marching, rallying & of course, singing, in support of #StandingRock.
Yet this is not the end, for we #blacksnakekillers of the Tri-State must be heartened by this result & continue to fight to #StopSpectra #NoAIM #NoAlgonquinPipeline & I remain #standinginsolidaritywithsplitrock >>>>>>>—–))—>♥ Sometimes we on the right side of history can prevail & conscience trumps greed and corruption. Thank you, President Barack H. “Walking Eagle” Obama & the Army Corps for your action!
Overjoyed that we water protectors have won! The Dakota Access Pipeline will be re-routed, which is a hard-won victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe & rest of the Oceti Sakowin. The ordered environmental impact statement will take months to complete, so it’s not all over & done yet. Still, we celebrate this huge victory & I will report back on the gnosis and mood of tomorrow night’s Democracy Now! event held by Harry Belafonte & Danny Glover et al @ Harlem’s Riverside Church – A’ho!
ARMY HALTS CONSTRUCTION OF DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE!
December 5, 2016 | Categories: Live, Red Road, Showout, Uncategorized | Tags: Activist, Algonquin, AlgonquinPipeline, ArmyCorpsOfEngineers, Art, artist, Artists, ArtistsSpace, artivist, BarackObama, BlackArtAndActivismNow, BlackArtsMovement, DakotaAccessPipeline, DannyGlover, DecolonizeThisPlace, DemocracyNow, ETA, HarryBelafonte, IndependentArtists, Indigenous, JonathanDemme, Kandia Crazy Horse, MniWiconi, Music, native, NativeAmerican, News, NoAIM, NoDAPL, NYC, NYC2StandingRock, NYStandsWithStandingRock, OcetiSakowin, Prayer, RobFields, Standing Rock Lakota Reservation, StandingInSolidarityWithStandingRock, StandingRockSiouxTribe, StandingWithStandingRock, StopSpectra, USPresidents, Water Is Life, WaterNotOil, WaterProtectors | Leave a comment
Howdy y’all / Osiyo skidoi, all my relations! I have not been able to report back much nor update this site, due to all the many #StandingRock actions & Native American circle pre-thanksgiving ceremonies & events I had over this past weekend & some. Among other events, I sang some of my Native Americana music @ the opening of Urban Native exhibit Cave To The Stars – Urban Natives Unrecognized @ Bread & Roses Project Gallery in Midtown last Thursday; I did #HonoringOurAncestors with the central Harlem Native circle on Saturday, followed by the Thunderbird American Indian Benefit Auction that night on the Upper East Side. And still working on my #LeonRussell memorial article, even as I rehearse for this Friday’s Benefit For Water Protectors concert in Brooklyn @ Jalopy Theater. Ho wa, will share some pix of all this activity by-and-by, but now am learning new songs & also preparing for tomorrow’s Standing Rock action in Midtown – if you somehow missed the horrible news of the chemical weaponry, water cannons & rubber bullets unleashed on the Standing Rock water protectors Sunday night in sub-freezing temperatures & its fallout, now is the time to become aware & join us in these support actions & by donating to the camps. I am receiving many communications suddenly from friends who have been relatively apathetic pre-election & several fellow country / Americana artists now querying me about the Standing Rock resistance; so it will be interesting to see how this continues to unfold & whether President “Walking Eagle” Obama will finally do something definitive in response to these unconscionable attacks on my prayerful relations out West. Still enjoying #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth somewhat — despite the unceasing musical losses: sadly, #SharonJones has walked on, claimed by the same cancer that took my dear mother. This has cast a further pall on the holiday week. A’ho*
Art for tomorrow’s #StandingRock action, by my brotha-in-struggle Kyle Goen #kyledidthis
& a lil’ lighthearted #ThrowbackTuesday snap by #NedSublette of me & my brothas Teddy K aka DJ Soul Punk & Cap’n #KirkDouglas of #TheRoots (the last time I got to see Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings live was @ The Roots Picnic in Philly) @ my live #BlackHillbilly #countryandwestern music series #TheHarlemHonkytonk #SaddleUp!
The Guardian UK on 300 WATER PROTECTORS INJURED AT STANDING ROCK report
November 22, 2016 | Categories: Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: Activism, Activist, AfroNative, AltCountry, Americana, AmericanHistory, Ancestors, artist, Benefit, BoldAsLove, Brooklyn, BrooklynAmericanaFestival, BrooklynCountry, Cancer, Country, Country Music, CountryandWestern, CountryGirlsDoItBetter, countryrock, countrysinger, DapKings, DJSoulPunk, grassrootsartists, Honor The Treaties, HonorTheEarth, IndependentArtists, Indigenous, InMemoriam, JalopyTheater, Kandia Crazy Horse, KirkDouglas, Legends, LeonRussell, mountainmusic, Muses, Music, NationalDayofAction, native, NativeAmerican, NativeAmericana, NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, NativeLivesMatter, NedSublette, News, NoAIM, NoDAPL, NorthDakota, NYC, NYC2StandingRock, NYStandsWithStandingRock, OldTimey, RezpectOurWater, RootsMusic, SharonJones, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, StandingRockSiouxReservation, StopSpectra, TheBanjoAmericasAfricanInstrument, TheRoots, Water Is Life, Water Is Life Solidarity Concert, WaterNotOil, WaterProtectors | 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