Tuesday, July 30, 2013

More Fans Monday: Blackfire and Jackie Chan

Time for another "More Fans Monday," and today we'll start off with Blackfire.

Blackfire formed in 1989 and is a band comprised of siblings Jeneda, Klee, and Clayson Benally (click image to enlarge); they are Navajo, which deeply influences their music - a combination of alternative and punk rock with a message.

In 2003, Nora Guthrie, daughter of Woody Guthrie (1912–1967) "... allowed them to set music to some of his unreleased and unpublished lyrics. By next year, they released a two-track EP titled Woody Guthrie Singles. The songs on the EP are called “Mean Things Happenin’ in this World,” a protest song dealing with issues like wars waged for fortune and encroachment of rights by the federal government, and “Indian Corn Song,” a song about 'political and big business corruption, the poor economy, and ends with a plea to feed the homeless and orphans.' " [wikipedia.org]

We haven't heard much from these three, but they are nonetheless making waves wherever they go.

For this group, it was impossible to decide which video of theirs to share - a music video detailing the toll of pollution on Earth? A live performance of "Mean Things Happenin' in this World"? Why not both? Enjoy!


Second for this Monday is Jackie Chan. No, not Jackie Chan like the action star - it is Jackie Chan the action star! Many of you might not know that he has a thriving singing career. (Actually, he is an actor, action choreographer, comedian, director, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entrepreneur, stunt performer, and singer.) All those Cantonese songs in his movies? Well, that's him.

When he was a child, he attended Peking Opera School. He started his music career in the 1980s to continued success. I won't go into much detail with this since there are several biographies that have been published.

In the Chinese release of Disney's Mulan, Jackie voiced the lead male role of Shang. In doing so, he recorded the popular Mulan song, "I'll Make a Man Out of You." This is the video that was eventually chosen. It's my second favorite of his music (the first being "Flight of the Dragon"), and the video not only displays his talent as a singer, but also as a martial artist.

As always, thanks for reading! Share the music!

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