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Personnel: Pura Fe - Slide Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Vocals Willie Lowery, Cool John Ferguson - Guitar Sol - Bass; Raymond Harris - Percussion and Alyssa Hinton - Shell Shakers Dave Lock - Bass Drum & Deer Hoofs Michael Tovar - Guitar tr.10 with Deer Clan Singers
Pura Fe
Notes: '...With her voice soaring, foot stomping, this beautiful songbird transcends time and brings the message of our Ancestors who have sewn this beautiful seed, that makes powerful music...' -Taj Mahal
 
Pura Fe┤ is a singer, songwriter, musician, dancer, actor, artist, activist and teacher. She is the founding mother of the internationally renowned native a cappella trio, Ulali which has toured the world for 19 years. She was born in New York City in August 18th, 1959. Her Spanish name translates as 'Pure Faith' given by her father who is from Puerto Rico. She was raised by her Tuscarora mother
and gifted family of female singers that migrated from North Carolina to New York in the early  1900's. Pura Fe's explains the Indigenous (native American) influence on the birth of the Blues. Her soulful voice and acoustic lap steel slide guitar carries the ancestral message of the 'Indigenous World' and the missing history which tells the story of the relationship between the Black and
Indian people of the South. This union gave birth to a rich new culture blending religion, dance, and food, good looking people and the Blues ! Many of these grandchildren became influential musicians. Charley Patton the first King of the Blues is Choctaw, Scrapper Blackwell is Cherokee, Jimi Hendrix, Don Cherry, Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Little Richard, Tina Turnerů There are so many blues and jazz pioneers that have expressed their Native ancestry through their work. In this album Pura Fe┤ relates a deeply personal history with her beautiful spirit and voice.This beautiful album is complete with songs of love, history and anthems for her Tuscarora Indian Nation of North Carolina. She introduces the Deer Clan Singers who bring us their traditional southern style of ancient Tuscarora-Tutelo songs. The legendary Willie Lowery plays wonderful guitar. Cool John Ferguson adds his magical touch on guitar as well. Originally released in 2004 on US by Music Maker as 'Follow Your Heart's Desire', this is release from French Dixiefrog label, with two more tracks, recorded in 2006.