Sihasin | Jeneda and Clayson Benally from the Navajo Nation (Arizona)
Homegrown Concerts from the Library of Congress, Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center
WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2020 at 12:00 PM
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Sihasin is the duo of Jeneda and Clayson Benally, award winning musicians from the Diné Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona. The siblings performed in the 2019 Homegrown Concert series as members of the Jones Benally Family Dancers. They have also made their mark (along with brother Klee) as the award-winning "alter-Native" punk band Blackfire. Originally from Black Mesa on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, the siblings were born into the heart of a political land dispute, in which a fence separated them from traditional homeland and family. They grew up protesting this separation, as well as environmental degradation and the destruction of their traditional way of life. Sihasin is the siblings' latest project. The name Sihasin is a Diné word that means hope and assurance, and the music reflects hope for equality, healthy and respectful communities, and social and environmental justice. Sihasin combines harmony vocals with bass and drums, in a style rooted in Native, rock, punk and world music. They have also conducted research in the AFC’s Navajo collections.
HOMEGROWN CONCERTS: Homegrown at Home
A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the 2020 concerts will stream on the American Folklife Center’s Facebook page, Wednesdays from June 24-September 30. Artists will be present in the chat area to say hello and answer questions during the concert and for a few minutes after it ends. Video will also be posted online here and on the Library of Congress YouTube channel. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.