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Indigenous is an American group that came to prominence in the late 1990s. The band originally consisted of two brothers, Mato Nanji (vocals and guitar, b. 1974), Pte (bass guitar), along with their sister, Wanbdi (drums, vocals), and their cousin, Horse (percussion).

Their music is heavily influenced by guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, as well as Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana. Mato Nanji’s style and skill has drawn comparisons to each of these guitarists. The band has also shared the stage with artists of varying musical genres such as B. B. King, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, the Indigo Girls, Jackson Browne, Dave Matthews Band, and Los Lonely Boys. The band has headlined its own tours several times.

The Nakota Nation members grew up on South Dakota’s Yankton Indian Reservation, where their father, Greg Zephier became a spokesperson for Native American rights. A musician in his own right during the 60s and ’70s, Zephier provided his children with records from musicians such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Freddie King, and taught them to play their respective instruments. The family started touring together, and soon the children were performing on their own.

The group released their debut album, Things We Do on Pachyderm Records in 1998. In 1999, Indigenous won three Native American Music Awards for their debut record, including two top honors: Album of the Year and Group of the Year.

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  • KultystaEkstazy

    David Hidalgo, MATO NANJI, Luther Dickinson - "3 Skulls and the Truth"

    4 Oct 2012 Reply
  • lost_rebel

    Keep on rockin' you guys ;-) "it's too far to runaway" ;-)

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
  • moik

    Wow - what an amazing version of Red House. I heard it on Undercurrents and initially thought it was Stevie Ray Vaughn - sounded better than Hendrix.

    29 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Assedor

    Indigenous shows all the energy, depth of understanding and experience of blues roots music. It continues to expand the space of modern blues guitar

    7 Jul 2011 Reply
  • pavementplmokn

    Indige-what? Indigenous!!

    10 May 2011 Reply
  • AlphaElkSun

    I like Indigenous

    10 May 2011 Reply
  • Avr0ra

    WHAT A VOICE!

    29 Apr 2011 Reply
  • christerix62

    j'aime ce style !

    5 Mar 2011 Reply
  • ffffcrazy

    I need more of this

    19 Nov 2010 Reply
  • fruppaguff

    Mind blowin' and soul shakin'....

    1 Sep 2010 Reply
  • caulme1

    Guitarist Mato Nanji is a gifted magnificent blues savant he feels it and you hear it

    30 Dec 2009 Reply
  • moonchild001

    woooooooooooooow, I love this sound !!!

    27 Dec 2009 Reply
  • thebestpart

    what you do to me :-)

    19 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Thomasjcat

    Blues Rock at its best

    29 May 2009 Reply
  • Turn0nTune1n

    great fucking tunes.

    4 May 2009 Reply
  • StinkySQL

    This is an very tight work with amazing performances by all members. Its easy to get lost in the drifting melodies and beautiful execution of their work.

    21 Apr 2009 Reply
  • davejn71

    SHANNON CURFMAN RIPS ON THE GUITAR I know she is not been in the spotlight for a while but she has been pumping out some great tunes. Check out her release from 2007 "Fast Lane Addiction". I hear she is got a single coming out in May 2009 scheduled to hit radio. Get on her mailing list they are doing some promotion only for members. www.shannoncurfman.com

    27 Mar 2009 Reply
  • StommePoes

    Hmmm... Last.fm needs to get something like... a "Disambig" page for these types of things. I'm a fan of the blues band : ) saw them live in Michigan about 10 years ago.

    26 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Malkavian342

    Like Communal said i am also a fan of the Belgian Hip-Hop group and not the Rockband.

    24 Jan 2009 Reply
  • rockmyplimsoul

    The new album "Broken Lands" is great! Where is it Last-fm? (this is the Native American Indigenous, BTW).

    2 Dec 2008 Reply
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