NPR Highlights Choctaw Singer Samantha Crain’s Music

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown April 7th, 2017 Last Updated on: April 7th, 2017

Thank you, NPR for highlighting another great Native musician!

In a recent interview on Weekend Edition, NPR spoke with Samantha Crain about her new album, musical influences and singing in the Choctaw language.

One of the highlights from the interview:

“I've been having a lot of conversations over the past few years about going into survival mode when it comes to keeping our Native traditions alive,” she says. “I think that the conclusion that I've come to is how important it is to be making new traditions within our tribes.”

That's especially important, she says, because many traditional Choctaw songs have been lost over time.

“Now, I think what we have the majority of are just Christian hymns sung in Choctaw,” she says. “So I really feel like in order to keep the language alive we need to be, as Choctaws, making more music that speaks to what's important to us, and making our new traditional songs.”

Full interview can be heard here:

I really fell in love with this song, “Red Sky, Blue Mountain” from her album You Had Me At Goodbye.

If you enjoyed the song, then check out her album on iTunes.

Visit http://samanthacrain.com/ for more information.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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