Broken Walls

Broken Walls

 Tyendinaga Territory, Ontario, CAN
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Broken Walls is a Native American/First Nations band that unites the traditional aboriginal sounds of rattles, buffalo pow wow drum and Mohawk wind flute with a blend of contemporary instruments to achieve a sound that draws all those who hear it - both native and non-native

Biography

Broken Walls was conceived in 1995 by Jonathan Maracle (Mohawk from Tyendinaga, ON, Canada.) The band consists of Bill Pagaran(Tlingit) from Palmer, Alaska on the drums, Kris DeLorenzi (Italian) from Thunder Bay, ON, Canada on bass and back-up vocals and Jonathan Maracle (Mohawk) as lead vocalist and guitarist who also plays on the Mohawk wind flute. Broken Walls base many of their songs on the ancient sounds of the First Nations people of North America and often perform around their large Pow Wow drum, singing songs of and to the Creator. The band has a team of First Nations dancers who often accompany them in full regalia when they perform. They have toured year round for the past 18 years performing in such places as Peru, Mexico, China, Hawaii, France, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Israel, Costa Rica and extensively across North America. They have taken the healing quality of their music into many places where restoration and reconciliation were needed, with great results.

Lyrics

The Father's Dance

Written By: Jonathan Maracle

The Father’s Dance

The hunters heart was taken, his purpose and his pride
Left without a reason, he’s all torn up inside
He struggles to remember, but strong drink clouds his mind
The life he had, in days gone by, the dreams so far behind

(Chorus)
Dance for the Fathers, dance for the Fathers
Dance for the Fathers
Dance the dance of life, Father’s Dance

It’s time to waken the warrior, restore his dignity
It’s time to dance the dance of life, see fathers hearts set free
Restore the trust that was taken, and see hope fill his life
And dance the dance for freedom, a dance, for all, mankind

(repeat Chorus)
Guy yoh wah nay ho yah nay we ho yah neh,
Way yoh hi yah, guy yoh way (X2)
Come and dance, the dance, of life (X2)

Guy yoh wah nay ho yah nay we ho yah neh
Way yoh hi yah, guy yoh way

Discography

Broken Walls (self-titled) 1996
Rise Up Mighty Warrior 2000
Clearly Hear His Voice 2001
Ride the Wind: Live in Dallas 2002
Beautiful Great One 2003
Drum: Created for Worship 2004
Healing Winds 2006
The Father's Dance 2008
The Clearing 2013

Set List

- 1. Ride the Wind 

- 2. Release the Warrior

- 3. Now is the Time 

- 5. Wave 

- 6. The Father's Dance 

- 7. We Remember 

- 8. The Path (not recorded yet)

- 9. Circle of the Creator (Beautiful Great One cd)

- 10. Cover Me (Clearly & Ride the Wind cds)

- 11. We Dance Before You (Beautiful Great One cd)

- 12. Ah Ni:io (Rise Up Mighty Warrior cd)

- 13. Rise Up Mighty Warrior (Rise Up Mighty Warrior cd)

- 14. Everything to Me (Fathers Dance cd)

- 15. Rake Ni:ha (Rise Up Mighty Warrior cd)

- 16. Fly (Rise Up Mighty Warrior cd)

- 17. Khenoronkhwa (Rise Up Mighty Warrior & Ride the Wind cds)

- 18.  Sing to the Mountains (Fathers Dance cd)

- 19.  Another Mans Son (not yet recorded)