Voices Cafe welcomes Martha Redbone on January 12th

Why not begin with the accolades:  from the Village Voice to the Smithsonian Institution:

VILLAGE VOICE
“Poised to be Americana’s next superstar”

TIME OUT NEW YORK
“Martha Redbone is a charismatic indie-soul diva whose sound is a just-right mix of retro and modern”

from a review by
TIM JOHNSON, Associate Director for Museum Programs, the Smithsonian Institution’s  National Museum of the American Indian;

“Martha Redbone’s journey back to the source of American music — and to her own heritage — has conjured up an artistic triumph. The Garden Of Love poignantly reveals a musician at the top of her game, vocally, intellectually, and spiritually. One not only hears the voice of the Bard, in this case William Blake’s legendary prose arranged and phrased brilliantly, but also the very origins of American music arising from the blend of American Indian, African American, and English folk music traditions. It’s the dawn of a new day for this fascinating artist, and we’re all the beneficiaries of her confident, and yet sensitive, quest.”

Martha Redbone is also a leader and activist.   Here is some addtional material from her website:

“Alongside her career as a recording artist and songwriter Martha Redbone has maintained a steady involvement with causes she believes in utilizing her celebrity in Indian Country for fundraising and leadership.

Ms. Redbone holds an annual Traditional Music Workshop within the United Houma Nation’s Cultural Enrichment Summer Camp program teaching grade school age children the music from her Choctaw and Cherokee heritage as well as incorporating the tribe’s own Houma-French language.

Martha has given talks on subjects ranging from Indigenous rights to the role of arts in politics at many institutions including New York University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and on Native Identity during the Native Theater Festival at the Public Theater in NYC. Her album “Skintalk” is part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian as an example of contemporary Native American music. She is featured in NMAI’s current exhibit “Up Where We Belong- Native Americans in Popular Culture”.”

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