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Pura Fé

Durham | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

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Established on Jan, 2014
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This late April 2007 day marked the nicest that New Yorkers had yet experienced in the year. Pura Fe and her accompanist, Danny Godinez, were rehearsing on a bench in Central Park, reveling in the deep luster of the Sunday afternoon sky. Anyone from Seattle knows not to take such days for granted, and Pura Fe, who had recently relocated there from North Carolina, was no exception. After practicing for a while and soaking in the sun and the smiles of New Yorkers beaming from its warmth, she and Danny gathered more equipment from their rooms in the Excelsior Hotel and walked across the street to the main entrance of the Museum of Natural History.

The welcome at the museum was not quite as they had anticipated—camera crews lined the marble steps and security guards prodded through the contents of their three guitar cases and other equipment bags. After the search the guards informed them that they would have to exit the building and enter through the staff entrance, where another cadre of guards awaited them. The added security was due to an appearance by Mayor Michael Bloomberg who, like Pura Fe, had received an invitation to participate in the museum’s Earth Day celebration.

To complicate matters, by soundcheck it was immediately apparent that the museum staff had failed to provide the equipment that Pura Fe had requested, which forced them to scramble until show time to find the appropriate microphones and cables. Even after they got underway that afternoon, the pa system seemed to cooperate only grudgingly. Of course, Pura Fe had experienced such issues before, and she overcame the technical difficulties with the ease and seeming nonchalance that only a seasoned professional could muster.

Pura Fe Crescioni, a Tuscarora musician, has toured the world for over two decades—since 1987 with the Native a cappella
- John W. Troutman Southern Cultures, Volume 15, Number 3, Fall 2009, pp. 53-69 (Article)


La chanteuse amerindienne Pura Fe est formidable. Apres le vehement et militant Tuscarora Nation Blues (prix musiques du monde de l'academie Charles Cros), et le plus apaise Hold the Rain, Full Moon Rising nous fait notamment decouvrir les facettes rock 'n roll de son eclatant talent. Puisant dans la diversite de ses racines musicales, Pura Fe commence par un etourdissant et emblematique Red, Black and Blues, qui mele l'hymne religieux sudiste Amazing Grace, des chants guerriers traditionnels, une guitare blues très "low down", le flow saccade de son "brother" rappeur Brutha War et le banjo de sa "sister" des Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens. Une Amerique musicale revisitée façon "première nation" defile en filigrane de ce magnifique album ou apparaissent notamment sa cousine Jennifer Kreisberg (du groupe Ulali), les Deer Clan Singers de la nation Tuscarora et Leilani Finau, reine du hip hop de Seattle originaire de l'Alaska. - Jean-Pierre Bruneau pour Mondomix


“Fabulous … astonishing … playing searing, slicing, lap-style bottleneck guitar, Tuscarora tribe descendant Pura Fé blends world beat rythms with Southern blues and her own powerful
vocals.” - Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle


“Pura Fe’s incandescent voice carries the emotion to rarefi ed heights in compositions like “Let Heaven Show” (a tune Joni Mitchell would have been proud of), yet it can also be controlled and
sandpaper-abrasive in the beautiful “A Love Like Mine”. - Daniel Brown, www.mondomix.com


Discography

Albums

  • Pura Fe :  Sacred seed  (Nuevaonda records / harmonia mundi Nov 2014 )
  • Pura F Trio Live!: A Blues Night in North Carolina (Dixie Frog Records; Music Maker, 2011)
  • Full Moon Rising (Dixie Frog Records, 2009)
  • Hold The Rain (Dixie Frog Records, Music Maker 2007)
  • Tuscarora Nation Blues (Dixie Frog Records, 2006) (European release of "Follow Your Hearts Desire" with two extra songs.)
  • Follow Your Heart's Desire (Music Maker, 2004)
  • Mahk Jchi with Ulali (Thrush Records, 1997)
  • Caution to the Wind (Shanachie Records, 1995)

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Bio

Pura Fe has studied and performed with The American Ballet Theatre company, has been in several Broadway musicals and TV commercials. She has sung for The Mercer Ellington Orchestra, countless Jazz, R&B, Rock bands and has stamped her distinct vocals on many recordings, demos, jingles, music videos and movie sound tracks/trailers through out her career. She was nominated for a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) with Kanatanaski & Pura Fe for best aboriginal music video. Shes appeared on Jay Lenos The Tonight Show, UKs The Late Show and Brazils Joe Suares Show with Ulali and Robbie Robertson. Pura Fe has toured world wide, in concert halls, festivals, nightclubs, universities, Pow Wows, conferences, campaigns and endless benefitsfor environmental and humanitarian rights.

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