Drumbeat Indian Arts


Native American Music & New Music of the Southwest

4143 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602)266-4823 or (602)266-4659
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Welcome to Drumbeat Indian Arts!


R. Carlos Nakai's

Native American Flute Music

Music for the World!

About Drumbeat Indian Arts

Since 1951, Drumbeat Indian Arts has specialized in the production and distribution of Native American music. We've listed some of our most popular recordings selected from our catalog of over 800 albums. Titles are available on compact disc and cassette unless otherwise noted.

When in Phoenix, visit our retail store at 4143 North 16th St. (just north of Indian School Road) where we can provide you with the latest in Native American recordings and books, craft supplies, blankets, jewelry and much more. We're open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For a complete listing of our recordings or to order please call us at (602)266-4823 or write Drumbeat Indian Arts, 4143 North 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85016.
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R. Carlos Nakai

R. Carlos Nakai is the world's foremost perfomer of the Native American flute and in his hands it has the power to enrapture the listener like no other instrument can. His music is authentically Native American yet original and personal, filled with the richness of his traditions. Of Navajo-Ute heritage, Kakai is a diverse performer, touring throughout the world as a solosit, with Symphony orchestras and ethnic music ensembles.

Earth Spirit
Nakai's best selling recording, this album best captures the timeless serenity of the solo Native American flute. His music speaks to the spirit with a simplicity that transcends place and time. Fifteen songs include original compositions, traditional Athabascan and Omaha melodies and two selections for eagle bone whistle.
57 minutes. (CR-612) Cassette $8.98 CD $15.98

The best representation of Nakai's concert performance. The fifteen songs begin with renditions of traditional melodies from the Plains and Nakai's own words in the traditional style. Nakai then enhances the flute and his own chanting with electronic processing to create the sound that has enraptured so many listeners. Closes with an ethereal rendition of "Amazing Grace."
59 minutes. (CR-609) Cassette $8.98 CD $15.98

Canyon Trilogy
Using digital technology, Nakai creates the sound of the cedar flute echoing in the canyons and valleys of the vast Southwest. His seventeen free flowing compositions soothe the spirit and carry you to the far realms of the imagination.
58 minutes. (CR-610) Cassette $8.98 CD $15.98

R. Carlos Nakai & William Eaton

Ancestral Voices
1994 Grammy Award Finalist in Best Traditional Folk Music.
Nakai and Eaton create a diverse music that celebrates the rich traditions of the peoples of the Americans. They are joined on two tracks by one of North American's top pow-wow drums, the Black Lodge Singers of the Blackfeet. Two bonus tracks on CD.
70 minutes. (CR-7010) Cassette $8.98 CD $15.98

Winter Dreams
The world's favorite Christmas melodies in new arrangements for the cedar flute and Eaton's guitars. Ten carols including "What Child Is This?/Greensleeves," "I Saw Three Ships," "Angels We have Heard On High," "Coventry Carol," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Silent Night" (with Navajo chorale).
52 minutes. (CR-7007) Cassette $8.98 CD $15.98

Contemporary Sounds

Yazzie Girl
These nine original songs by Sharon Burch were influenced by the Navajo prayers and changes she heard her relatives sing while growing up. Her songs focus on the importance of the maternal relationship to the Dine' and are in Navajo with some English. Navajo lyrics and translations are included.
36 minutes. (CR-534) Cassette $8.98 CD $15.98

Once In A Red Moon
Joanne Shenandoah opened Woodstock '94 with songs from this album. Her twelve songs deal with Native American issues including ethnic pride, treaty violations, suicide and reverence for elders. Includes the hit song, "America", performed at the White House and on TNN.
42 minutes. (CR-548) Cassette $8.98 CD $15.98

Traditional Sounds

Dreams From The Grandfather
Robert Tree Cody is a flutist and singer whose original songs add to the rich traditions of Native American music. Cody intertwines his solo vocal interpretations with soothing flute rhapsodies. These eleven songs dray on his Dakota=Maricopa heritage as well as the Zuni, Lakota and Acoma peoples. A good introduction to Native American flute music.
48 minutes. (CR-554) Cassette $8.98 CD $15.98

Southern Scratch: Waila Of The Tohono O'Odham
Titled "Em-we:hejed" ("For All of You"), this album of chicken scratch (the popular dance music of the native peoples of southern Arizona) consists of fifteen lively songs including wailas (polkas), chotes (schottisches), mazurkas and cumbias performed on saxaphone, accordion, guitar, bass and drum kit. Includes descriptive notes.
53 minutes. (CR-8097) Cassette $8.98 CD $15.98

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