Acclaimed Native American activist Dennis Banks has collaborated with new age musician Kitaro for an album of Native singing and spoken word to musical accompaniment. The collection goes on sale September 11, but is available for pre-order now at the Apple iTunes store.
According to a release, each song on the album, which is entitled Let Mother Earth Speak, “begins with thoughtful spoken words from Dennis with Kitaro providing the musical accompaniment. Following Dennis’ narrative, Native American drums and culturally correct instruments begin as Dennis sings a traditional Native American Indian song.”
Banks, Ojibwa (Anishinabe), was one of the co-founders of the American Indian Movement, or AIM, in 1968. In 1973, he led the 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee, and in 1978 he led The Longest Walk. Kitaro is one of the most esteemed artists classified as New Age; he has been nominated for a Grammy in the New Age category 14 times, winning once, in 2001.
For more information, visit domomusicgroup.com/dennisbanks.