Pura Fe

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“With her voice soaring, foot stomping, this beautiful songbird transcends time and brings the message of our Ancestors who have sewn this beautiful seed, that makes powerful music”. -Taj Mahal Pura Fe´ is a singer, songwriter, musician, dancer, actor, artist, activist and teacher. She is the founding mother of the internationally renowned native a cappella trio, Ulali which has toured the world for 19 years. Pura Fe´ was born in New York City in August 18th, 1959. Her Spanish name translates as “Pure Faith” given by her father who is from Puerto Rico. She was raised by her Tuscarora mother and gifted family of female singers that migrated from North Carolina to New York in the early 1900’s. Pura Fe’s explains the Indigenous (native american) influence on the birth of the Blues. Her soulful voice and acoustic lap steel slide guitar carries the ancestral message of the “Indigenous World” and the missing history which tells the story of the relationship between the Black and Indian people of the South.This union gave birth to a rich new culture blending religion, dance, and food, good looking people and the Blues ! Many of these grandchildren became influential musicians. Charley Patton the first King of the Blues is Choctaw, Scrapper Blackwell is Cherokee, Jimi Hendrix, Don Cherry, Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Little Richard, Tina Turner… There are so many blues and jazz pioneers that have expressed their Native ancestry through their work. In this album Pura Fe´ relates a deeply personal history with her beautiful spirit and voice. This beautiful album is complete with songs of love, history and anthems for her Tuscarora Indian Nation of North Carolina. She introduces the Deer Clan Singers who bring us their traditional southern style of ancient Tuscarora-Tutelo songs. The legendary Willie Lowery plays wonderful guitar. Cool John Ferguson adds his magical touch on guitar as well.

Albums

Hold The Rain

Label: Dixiefrog - DFGCD 8630
Distribution in France: Harmonia Mundi
Release date: May 01, 2007

Pura Fe, singer, composer and guitarist, is half Tuscarora Indian on her mother’s side and claims a direct link between Native American music and the blues. Her own music is a heady mixture of blues, North Carolina traditional Native American music and folk.

With ” Hold The Rain ” Pura Fe’s political involvement with her community makes way for a more intimate and personal approach. Pura Fe’s ” Hold The Rain ”, like her previous album, comes across with a genuine feeling of simplicity, dignity and spirituality. Her Indian soul shines through the album. Eric Bibb, one of Pura’s favorite artists, joins her on ” People You Love, ” a song he wrote for her. Deep, moving and magical…

Pura Fe - Hold The Rain

Tuscarora Nation Blues

Label: Dixiefrog
Release date: January 01, 2006

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Pura Fe - Tuscarora Nation Blues