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Indigenous

This event occurred in the past
Mar 30, 2024
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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94 NE 2nd Ave
Delray Beach, FL 33444

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Indigenous takes center stage, channeling the driving force of their powerful blues-rock sound deeply grounded in Native American heritage and influenced by legends like Jimi Hendrix and B.B. King. Guided by the frontman Mato Nanji, the upcoming show stands as an exquisite testament to their indigenous roots, intertwining heartfelt lyrics, awe-inspiring guitar virtuosity, and will leave you deeply moved by the spirit that permeates Indigenous’s music.

PERFORMER BIO:
Born and raised on the Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota, indigenous front man Mato Nanji (ma-toe non-gee) dedicates his latest release, Time is Coming (on Blues Bureau International), to the indigenous youth and all young people on the indigenous reservations.

“Still to this day, the struggle continues to just live in peace. Growing up here on the reservation I’ve seen a lot of broken families broken homes. I feel our families’ “tiospaye” are the core of what makes us who we are. Now family and its meaning is not as strong as it used to be for our people almost non-existent. So I send my heart and soul out to the indigenous children having a tough time in their lives and in their homes. This record is inspired by them and made in their honor. I hope for the best for all. Tomorrow is another day.”

Mato Nanji’s father, the late Greg Zephier, Sr., was a well-known and highly respected spiritual advisor and spokesperson for the International Indian Treaty Council. In addition to this leadership role, he was an accomplished musician and a member of the musical group, the Vanishing Americans. Formed by Greg and his brothers in the ’60s, the Vanishing Americans toured nationally and shared bills with such legends as Bonnie Raitt. Besides being heavily influenced by the music his father and uncles were making, Mato was exposed to Greg’s vast collection of blues records by legendary artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and B.B. King. Consequently, Mato embraced and began utilizing his own musical talent at a young age. With the experience, love and wisdom of their father to guide them, Mato, his brother, sister and cousin formed the band Indigenous while in their late teens.

After much time invested in practicing and building a following, they began touring extensively across the country. In 1998, they released their award winning debut album, Things We Do. The title track’s video, directed by Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals), won the American Indian Film Festival Award and was shown at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Indigenous’ music caught the attention of blues icon B.B. King and the young band was invited to play on his annual B.B. King’s blues tour in 1999. Sadly, Mr. Zephier would pass away before seeing his children receive this great honor.

With momentum gaining, Indigenous’ 2000 sophomore release, Circle, was produced and arranged by Stevie Ray Vaughan’s longtime friend and collaborator, the late Doyle Bramhall, Sr. Three more CDs; Fistful of Dirt (2002), Indigenous (2003), and Long Way Home (2005) would follow before the 2006 decision by the siblings to ‘disband’ and pursue their own musical paths, but Mato carried on with the Indigenous band name. “Playing with my family for 10 years was a lot of fun, but it was time to grow and keep moving forward.”

Mato continued touring and in 2006 released Chasing the Sun. Two of the cd’s songs, “Come on Home” and “Leaving,” were featured on the hit Discovery Channel show, The Deadliest Catch. “Come on home” was also featured on FX’s Sons of Anarchy.

On 2008’s Broken Lands, an intensely personal record, Mato and Leah, his lyricist and wife, pay tribute to his native heritage. The album decries the poverty, isolation and reality of life on the reservation with “Place I Know.” The album gains its title from the line, “all is lost in these broken lands.”

Of The Acoustic Sessions (released in 2010), Mato commented, “It’s a collection of some of my favorite songs that celebrate 10 years of releasing albums. Every song that I have ever written began with the acoustic guitar, so it only felt natural to create an acoustic album.”

Indigenous Featuring Mato Nanji (2012) would mark Nanji’s debut on the Blues Bureau International label and the beginning of his collaboration with noted producer, Mike Varney. Joining Mato on the disc’s opening track “Free Yourself, Free Your Mind” is the soulful Jonny Lang. On it, the two guitar-masters trade vocals and guitar solos. It’s truly a blues lover’s ‘match made in heaven’.

In addition to his Indigenous ‘day job’, Mato Nanji has been a member of the critically acclaimed Experience Hendrix Tour since 2002. Playing alongside original Jimi Hendrix band members Billy Cox and the late Mitch Mitchell, the tour roster includes some of today’s blues greats including Buddy Guy, Chris Layton, and Tommy Shannon (Double Trouble), Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, and Robert Randolph.

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From: 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM

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