LdF School student musicians nominated for Native American Music Award
October 08, 2019
Student musicians from the Lac du Flambeau School have been named finalists for the 2019 Native American Music Awards (NAMA).
The CD “Hear Our Songs” was released last spring by The Nijii Singers and the Ogichidaa Singer, and has been announced as a finalist in the New or Debut Duo/Group of the Year category for the 19th annual NAMA. The awards will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 in Niagara Falls. Actor Wes Studi (Cherokee) and pro wrestler Mickie James) Powhatan) will host the event.
General public voting is now open. To vote, visit www.NAMALIVE.com and click on the Vote Now tab. Final voting results will determine the winner of each category. Music tracks from all nominees are also featured on the NAMA website.
The Nijii Singers have been working with NAMA award-winning singer-songwriter Bobby Bullet and his wife Pamela for several years and this past year concentrated on song writing. The Music on the Go program at the Lac du Flambeau School has introduced scores of students to playing guitar, singing, writing lyrics, and composition. Topics for their songs run the gamut of thinking about how to live in a good way.
The Ogichidaa Singers have been working with Bernie Lemieux to learn the protocol and skill of singing on a traditional Ojibwe drum. The young musicians recorded their songs in professional recording sessions early this year and shared them with the community at a CD release party at the Lake of the Torches Resort and Convention Center. LOTC also provided space for the recording sessions. LOTC, the Wisconsin Indian Education Association, and the Lac du Flambeau Public School, especially the Cultural Connections Department, and the entire Lac du Flambeau community, have helped to make this incredible dream a reality. Major funding for the project came from the American Indian Language Revitalization Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.