In only 13 days, Niagara Falls will not only resound with the thundering sound of The Falls but also with the sounds of drums and music when the Native American Music Awards holds their 19th annual Awards presentation to honour the best in Native American music.
Being held on November 2, the NAMA’s will help to kick off Native American Heritage Month as they award some of the best Native American music and musicians.
The NAMA’s return to the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino for the ninth time with Native American Music Hall of Famer Mickie James and Oscar winning actor Wes Studi hosting the gala event.
Along with the presentation of the awards in 33 categories, the NAMA’s is also presenting some of the best musicians for a performance including Portugal. The Man, Keith Secola, JoAnne Shenandoah, Callie and Ellson Bennett, DJ Shub, Innastate, Jamie Coon, The Cody Blackbird Band, Kelly Derrickson, Shelly Morningsong, Fabian Fontenelle, the Newtown Women and Youth Singers, and the Niagara River Iroquois Dancers. Western New York’s own Ed Koban Band will return for the ninth year to serve as the house band for the gala ceremonies and offer musical accompaniment for the musical guests.
Comedian JR Redwater will also be on hand to offer up some comical erudition.
The 2019 inductee to the Native American Musical Hall of Fame will be award winning actor and musician Wes Studi. While he has appeared in nearly 100 film and television productions, Studi may be best known for his role as the Heron guide Magua in the 1992 version of “The Last of the Mohicans”.
This year’s Legend Award is being presented to the founders of the Alaskan band Portugal. The Man John Gourley and Zachary Carothers. The duo are being honoured for their Tribal Land Acknowledgment during their 2018 tour.
Along with the popular and contemporary music created by the artists being honoured are traditional musicians like The Newtown Women and Youth Singers whose goal is to preserve and pass on the songs and traditions of the Seneca Nation.
The NAMA awards are a fan voted award and music fans are invited to cast their votes at NAMALive.com. Voting is open until just before the presentation of the awards on November 2. Voters can also listen to music by the nominees at the NAMA website.