In celebration of Indigenous People’s Day, Underwater Panther Coalition, a record label seeking to improve people’s connection to Mother Earth through curated musical projects, releases “Music for the Mother,” a debut album of ancestral Teyuna songs from the Sierra de Santa Marta in Colombia as recorded by the Mamos and Zaga, who are the spiritual leaders of the Indigenous peoples of the mountain region. The album, which promotes healing and cultural integrity through song and ceremony, is available for download on Bandcamp and iTunes, while CDs and vinyl can be purchased via https://underwaterpanthercoalition.bandcamp.com/, including a booklet that provides the primary inspirations behind the album and each song.
“Let me tell you about our ancestral sounds. Whenever we play our ancestral music, when we sing our songs, we must bring our thoughts to a specific place, a specific mindset,” said Mamo Rodrigo (Kogi). “We bring our thoughts to a place where Nature can hear us, a place where she can know we are singing directly to her. That way she can feel that we are calling her. We are speaking with her, calling her name. We are calling to help nourish her and to converse with her.”
The album also features Mamo Senchina (Kogi), Mamo Cencio (Kogi), Zaga Josefina (Wiwa), Mamo Atilo (Aruhuaco). The eighth track, “A Pagamento” refers to their job and responsibility to give spiritual payment and to help heal the Earth and the people on it. Other tracks including “AGUA (Song for the Water)” pays homage to the life-giving and sustaining properties of water, while “Cigarra & Cicada (Spirit of the Seed Consciousness of the Seeds)” is a song of thanks to the flowers and seeds.
The mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta of Colombia are the sacred ancestral lands of Indigenous Peoples: the Kogi, Arhuaco, Wiwa, and Kankuamo. Together, they number over 30,000 people. The inhabitants share the belief that they are the guardians of the heart of the world. Their spiritual leaders are called Mamos. The Mamo is charged with maintaining the natural order of the world through songs, meditations and ritual offerings. Through deep meditation, ritual offerings, songs, and prayers, the Mamos follow the law of caring for the Sierra Nevada to maintain the equilibrium of life for the sacred mountains and the entire world. They are concerned that non-Indigenous people are plundering and dismembering the Earth.
Earlier in 2020, Underwater Panther Coalition released Matthew O’Neill’s album “Kyll Time,” available on vinyl, CD, cassette and digital download. New videos for tracks “Happy” edited by Daniel Torelli and “On the Way” directed by Nicolas Kouri / Collageno have also been released this month on YouTube.
About Underwater Panther Coalition
Started by Matthew O’Neill, Underwater Panther Coalition is a record label committed to supporting Indigenous rights and celebrating ancestral musical traditions by releasing projects based on time honored traditions of gratitude, appreciation, respect, and reverence for Mother Earth. The label shares 50 percent of profits with the indigenous groups affiliated with each project.
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