Clips & Pix: Sihasin/We the People

Sihasin is an indigenous music project of Clayson Benally (bass) and Jeneda Benally (drums). According to their website, the siblings are from the Diné (Navajo) Nation in Northern Arizona. Sihasin, which means hope in the Diné language, combine punk rock, folk, world music and pop with Navajo rhythm in their music and songs that aim to empower and inspire others to bring change and social justice.

The above clip captures their most recent single We the People, which premiered digitally on July 4, 2021 in each American embassy. Previously, Sihasin had been selected by American Music Abroad, a cultural diplomacy program that shares American music internationally and that is sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

Clayson and Jeneda got their start in music as teenagers in 1989 when they formed punk rock group Blackfire, together with their brother Klee Benally (guitar, vocals). Sihasin was founded in 2012 after Blackfire stopped being active. The band remains on hiatus.

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

Sources: Wikipedia; Sihasin website; YouTube

9 thoughts on “Clips & Pix: Sihasin/We the People”

  1. Here’s one for you. Are you familiar with the band Indigenous? Great blues-rock band. I once emailed their management to come out this way but they seem to mostly play the West and Southwest. And yes, they are Native American.

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      1. Yeah, I love these guys. They never hit big but maybe their time had come and gone to be at that level. I would definitely check them out if they come out this way.

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      2. That clip is just awesome! Looks like Indigenous have been around for quite a while. The library of my streaming music provider lists 12 studio albums going all the way back to 1998. I’ll definitely check them out!

        This evening, I’m planning to watch the Buddy Guy documentary CB flagged, though that was in a different post. It’s called “Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase the Blues Away.” It aired in July on PBS. Have you seen it? Based on a few clips I’ve watched, it looks really nice. It’s available to rent on Amazon.

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      3. Thanks, makes sense to me. I think it’s hard to do full justice of Guy’s long career in a 90-minute documentary.

        I’m just amazed how this soft-spoken man all for a sudden turns into a beast when he plays an electric guitar! And he still does it. He’s currently on the road – just incredible!

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