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8/28/2012 9:42:00 AM
World's largest Native American cultural event releases 2012 Gathering of Nations Album
Generations of Change is available on iTunes. Submitted photo
Generations of Change is available on iTunes. Submitted photo
Navajo-Hopi Observer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The world's largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people announces the release of the 2012 Gathering of Nations album titled Wicoyecage Oitoka: Generations of Change. The album was recorded live during the Gathering of Nations Powwow that took place in Albuquerque, N.M. April 27-28.

"This album is designed to capture the Gathering of Nations experience," said Derek Mathews, founder of the Gathering of Nations. "Listeners can hear and feel the thunder of the drums accompanied by harmonious singing that brings the excitement and spirit of North American's largest powwow to life."

Generations of Change features 20 songs that portray both mellow moments of the powwow as well as the thunder of the loud drums. The album includes a bonus track that was performed by Midnite Express in memory of fancy dancer Jerry Cleveland Jr.

The album was recorded live at the 29th Annual Gathering of Nations Powwow by Audio Excellence of Albuquerque, N.M. In addition, it was produced by Derek Mathews, Dr. Lita Mathews, and Melonie Mathews of Gathering of Nations Records and engineered by Everen Goknar at Capitol Mastering/Capitol Records in Hollywood, Calif. The cover art was designed by Rusty Gillette of Bismark, N.D. Generations of Change is available and online at and on iTunes.

The 2010 Gathering of Nations album, A Spirit's Dance, won a Grammy Award for "Best Native American Music Album."

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