Makwabid | W8b8biowdik / Wampum Road (an Abenaki Prayer)

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W8b8biowdik / Wampum Road (an Abenaki Prayer)

by Makwabid

Native American Contemporary/Traditional
Genre: World: Native American
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1. W8b8ban (The Dawn)
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2. Heron Song
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3. Wawanolewat (Greylock's Song)
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4. The Thunders (Bad8giak)
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5. N'namih8 Managuan (I See The Rainbow)
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6. Wazwategok
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7. Warrior's Song (Spoken Word)
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8. The Hidden People
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9. W8b8biowdik / Wampum Road
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10. N'okemes (Medicine Song)
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11. N'daibena'skwa (We Are Still Here)
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12. Mgesso Watsowsen (Wind Eagle)
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13. Nanib8nsat (Night Traveler)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is the first solo effort from MAKWABID, a singer/songwriter of the Abenaki Nation in the Northeastern U.S. He credits his Ancestors and Traditional Elders of his people with the inspiration to write, arrange and record these thirteen songs, a sacred number, and no accident. He is a Mikw8baid - a Rememberer - one who has been given the responsibility of relearning and keeping alive Abenaki language and Traditional knowledge to pass on to Seven Generations.

Makwabid is the first in his maternal line to speak aln8ba8dwa (Western Abenaki) for a hundred years. Eleven years ago he was introduced to a spiritual Grandmother of his People, who had been told of his coming. When she took his hand, his life changed forever. He began to relearn the ancient language, and has written at least a dozen Traditional songs that have been performed and heard by thousands at Native PowWows and Gatherings in New England.

A twenty-plus year veteran of the rock n roll bar band scene, Makwabid sings about his own battles with addiction and recovery, spiritual identity, and racial discrimination - many problems that continue to confront the Abenaki community and Native people as a whole. His music has been described as darkly powerful, with soaring guitar lines, sparkling vocal harmonies and heartfelt spirituality.

'WAWANOLEWAT (Greylock's song)','THE HIDDEN PEOPLE' and 'N'DAIBENA'SKUA (We Are Still Here)' are Native Rock Anthems, describing the pain and suffering of the non-Federally Acknowledged Abenaki Nation from Colonial history to on-going State-sponsored genocide and minimilization as a Native people. His electric guitar sparkles, crunches and wails with heartfelt emotion, showcasing his years of playing rock n roll. 'WAZWATEGOK' and 'N'OKEMES (Medicine Song)' have been described by one reviewer as being 'pure Merle Haggard-Country'. There is a joyful, honoring side to this album; 'W8B8BAN(The Dawn)','HERON SONG', 'I SEE THE RAINBOW' and the title track, 'WAMPUM ROAD' all celebrate goodness and truth. The album's closing track, 'NANIB8NSAT (Night Traveler)', is a journey through alienation, lonliness and ultimate self-discovery that shows the influence of, and pays homage to, another Native musician, Robbie Robertson.

UPDATE: 6/8/11...I'M IN THE STUDIO RECORDING MY NEWEST CD, TO BE TITLED 'HEAVY MUSE'. iT'S GONNA BE A ROCK'N'ROLL ALBUM, LIKE WHAT I GREW UP LISTENING TO! THE SONGS WILL BE ABOUT LOVE, LOSS, LIFE AND REDEMPTION...STILL VERY SPIRITUAL, BUT HEAVY. IT WILL BE ANOTHER ALBUM I WAS DESTINED TO MAKE. IF ALL GOES WELL, LOOK FOR IT HERE ON cdbaby.com IN LATE AUTUMN/EARLY WINTER OF 2011. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,..I LOVE YOU ALL!!! MAKWABID


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Nidoba

Rare gem. Hope to hear more from Makwabid soon.
Spirit treasure.
Good medicine.

nettie demar

makwabid, he has spoken for us all ,well done !
spoken and sung in truth, with awesome rythym and a powerful voice for all to enjoy.

Gregory Galfo - Producer - Anvil Records

"Must Have" Native American/Rock Indie Music !
A very interesting CD from Native American Artist, Makwabid. I was delighted to find this music on CD Baby and it brings with it a fresh, new perspective that mixes Native American wisdom with solid rock music. One listen and you will want to have this CD in your collection! The lyrics are an important message and they are delivered with Makwabid’s moving, powerful style.
My favorite track is #3 – Wawanolewat (Greylock’s Song) ... turn it up! This music is truly good medicine.

Kinlôn Mkazas

Definately Moving
Every song here is moving and gives a great insite to our culture and history. It's great exposure to all walks of life, to educate and open all eyes to who we are!

Spirit Talking Eyes

Great music nice beat
Very nice I really loved a lot of the songs . and voice is very good

J.Poet/NativePeoplesMagazine

"Raw and Powerful"
A raw and powerful collection of songs that mix bitter irony with openhearted devotion...deeply spiritual...

J.Poet - NativePeoplesMagazine

Raw and Powerful!
...A raw and powerful collection of songs that mix bitter irony with heartfelt emotion...

Dea Pretty Feather

Kwai kwai, nidoba. Incredible depth of feeling. I DO see the rainbow!
This is a very diverse collection of songs, from mellow ballads to screaming guitar. I was pleased with the extensive use of the abenaki language, which is the main reason I purchased this CD. The blend of music styles alone makes this a keeper. I will probably purchase another for gifting.

Randy Crawford

Wampum Road is a powerful message for every ear to hear!
Wampum Road is definitely a potent vision of a hidden history, a voice of the Abenaki people, a story carried to any who listen. This collection of songs tells the story of healing, giving and of a presence in all of us.-Thanks MAKWABID

Lakaw8gan

Wligen ni wji mziwi Aln8bak. N'kadi nilil lintok, k'kizillabnaji achi!
Wligen ni wji mziwi Aln8bak. N'kadi nilil lintok, k'kizillabnaji achi! Wlikizitok nid8ba Makwabid!
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