Sihasin - Interview
For 3 decades , brother and sister Jeneda and Clayson Benally have been recording and touring bringing their empowering organic conscious raising charged music to communities throughout Europe and North America.
Multi award winning musicians Jeneda and Clayson Benally from the (Dine) Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona create an explosive duo of just bass, drums and vocals with a traditional Navajo backbone bridging folk, rock, world, pop and a little punk.
As brother and sister they grew up protesting the environmental degradation and inhumane acts of cultural genocide against their traditional way of life. Sihasins music reflects hope for equality, healthy and respectful communities and social and environmental justice.
Their first album “Never Surrender” produced by Grammy award winner Ed Stasium has won just about every award on the American Indian Music Scene. “Never Surrender” spent 18 weeks on Sirius XM'S Aboriginal countdown reaching the #1 spot and was highlighted in the Huffington Post as the #1 Freedom Fighting band to get you through the Trump Years .
Sihasin's second album “Fight Like A Woman” also produced by Ed Stasium, released in May 2018 has received 11 nominations in the Native American Music Categories, has won 2 Global Music Awards, Best Pop in the Indian Summer Music Awards and 5 nominations in the Native American Music Awards and is in current rotation throughout the world on Undercurrents radio and many college and independent radio stations.
Sihasin is a rare band that does more than just perform. They leave their audiences with an exhilarating feeling of hope and respect and cultural appreciation. The duo also gives presentations and workshops on Native American culture and history. . Workshops combine the creative process of solution -finding with music and are tailored for every age group especially in schools but not limited to libraries, conferences, concerts and festivals.
Sihasin has been featured in The London Sunday Times, NPR's All Things Considered, Arizona Highways, The Huffington Post, Ryot Magazine, Radio France's RFI, Arte TV, PBS, ABC and many many more. Sihasin has recent;y performed at the Kennedy Center, Grassroots Festival, Festival Alfonso Ortiz Tirado in Mexico, Tanz n Fest in Germany, The Museum of Native American History, Globalquerque, SXSW, World Fest, The Woody Guthrie Center and many more. They have had a national television commercial with Tony Bennett for Hyundai cars, they have done over 30 tours in Europe and many more across the U.S. Mexico and Canada. They are looking forward to continuing to tour the world bringing their message of Hope, respect and understanding.