Khu.éex' "HEEN" Double 12" Vinyl

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Khu.éex' "HEEN" Double 12" Vinyl

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Tlingit tribal member Preston Singletary, an internationally known glass artist, founded this one-of-a-kind collaboration with major musicians including the legendary late Rock and Roll Hall of Fame composer and performer Bernie Worrell of PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC and TALKING HEADS, Skerik collaborator with PEARL JAM, Stanton Moore of GALACTIC, Captain Raab of RED EARTH, and tribal members Clarissa Rizal, Gene Tagaban and Nahaan.

Khu.éex’ (pronounced koo-eex) translates to “Potlatch” in the Tlingit language, a Native group from Southeast Alaska. Singletary thought of the name Khu.éex' because of the notion of sharing culture, stories, and music. This is the intent of Khu.éex', to present a contemporary interpretation of our culture to empower others. 

The recording of Khu.éex’s third album, entitled “Héen” (water in the Tlingit language), coincided with critical events and issues affecting Indian Country (and the earth as a whole) including the construction of Dakota Access Pipeline and the endangerment of clean water in our communities.  These events were on the group’s mind during these sessions, which resulted in water being a conceptual connecting thread throughout the material.  

 “Shell No” speaks to the issues of shale tycoons and corporations in conflict with our values, and poisoning the precious waters and lands of our nations in pursuit of profit.  

The album features Khu.éex’ co-founder Bernie Worrell, keyboardist and original member of Parliament-Funkadelic.  Bernie left this Earth June 24, 2016, and is traveling on the Mothership exploring funky new galaxies. This triple album and the nearing completion fourth album are Bernie’s final collaborative efforts.  This album’s sessions were held in late Winter of 2016, after we learned that Bernie was stricken with lung cancer. His efforts and participation were as potent and creative as ever (regularly leaving those present in awe), and he loved interacting with the Native American themes and concepts we explore in the music.  Also featured on this album are new collaborators Steve Nistor on Drums, and Hans Teuber on additional horns.

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