Black Thunder

Featuring the Black Thunder Singers, Randy Armstrong, Volker Nahrmann and Ken Gable

2011 Native American Music Awards NAMMY WINNER


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  1. White Cloud Black Thunder Randy Armstrong & Volker Nahrmann featuring the Black Thunder Singers 7:31

Black Thunder

Featuring the Black Thunder Singers, Randy Armstrong, Volker Nahrmann and Ken Gable

This recording features eleven songs of traditional Native American drumming and singing. The CD includes a special bonus track #12 of world fusion jazz entitled White Cloud Black Thunder. Performed and recorded by Randy Armstrong – Lakota Courting Flute, Guitars, Percussion; Volker Nahrmann – Acoustic Bass, Keyboards, Percussion, Composer; Ken Gable – Alto Sax; and featuring the Black Thunder Singers. Songs include:

    1. Pow Wow Grand Entry
    2. Inter-Tribal #1
    3. Horse Stealing Song
    4. Duck and Dive
    5. Old McDonald
    6. Inter-Tribal #2
    7. Good Thunder Inter-Tribal
    8. Grass Dance Song
    9. Jingle Dress Side Step
    10. Soldier Boy (Veteran’s Song)
    11. Lakota Flag and Victory Song
    12. Bonus Track: White Cloud Black Thunder by Randy Armstrong & Volker Nahrmann featuring the Black Thunder Singers

Bonus Track: White Cloud Black Thunder

White Cloud Black Thunder is a World Fusion song composed by Volker Nahrmann featuring Randy Armstrong on Lakota Courting Flute, guitars, percussion; Volker Nahrmann on Acoustic Bass, Keyboards, Percussion; Ken Gable on Alto Sax with the Black Thunder Singers. Produced and Recorded at Beauty Hill Recording Studios in Barrington, New Hampshire and engineered by Nicholas Phaneuf. A joyful and uplifting expression of cross-cultural music merging the genres of jazz, Native American drumming and singing traditions, old school hip-hop rhythms, 2/3 clave with groove oriented sensibilities.

Artist Statement by Ernest Proper and the Black Thunder Singers:

The Drum is the heartbeat of Mother earth and the voices carry the Mother’s spirit through the generations. The songs are not owned, but belong to the people. Those that are chosen to sing the songs have the responsibility to carry on the traditions as taught by our elders.

Ernie Proper began teaching the songs to his sons and hunka in 1999. Ernie sang with several other northern drums and was a fancy dancer, and later a northern traditional dancer over the years. The original five singers were all dancers before they started singing.

Before long, Black Thunder Singers were in high demand for pow wows on the east coast. Black Thunder added several singers, including the ladies, over the years, but remained true to the traditions as taught by the elders. All of the singers are of multicultural heritage, but choose to follow the old traditions in their daily lives. Black Thunder Singers do not believe in making a profit for singing or dancing. The songs belong to the people. Any profits beyond expenses are donated to charity. This is a good way to give back to the people.

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