Pamplin Media Group – Warm Springs Represents at Native American Music Awards

Warm Springs presents itself with seven nominations from three artists in five categories

Three Warm Springs musicians have been nominated for awards at this year’s Native American Music Awards with seven nominations in five categories, including single of the year. Contestant Kaliah Jackson says people say there must be something in the water in Warm Springs.

Popular opinion decides who wins the prizes. People can vote for their favorites online until March 31.

The Native American Music Awards began in 1998 to honor and showcase the talent of Native artists. The annual awards ceremony includes 25 music categories and 13 video categories.

Scott Kalama, known as rapper Blue Flamez, is nominated in five categories this year. His song “Blessed” is nominated for Best Pop Recording and Best Hip-Hop Recording.

“When I saw the nomination, I thought ‘whoa all these albums got nominated, I’m so grateful,'” Kalama said. “I am truly grateful to all of my mentors. My journey in music has been well guided.”

Blue Flamez’ song “Game Time,” featuring music artist Kaos, is nominated for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording, and it’s up for two video awards, Best in Animation for the video for ” Warrior,” featuring host Tanaya Winder, and Best Hip-Hop Rap Video for her song “Relentless Flow.”

His songs feature a classic rap beat, and his lyrics are often inspired by the community he grew up in and still works in and lives in. “I’m constantly inspired by my family, my community,” Kalama said, “I try one day to provide a better life for my family, for my people. I want to give back to Warm Springs.

When not working on his music, Kalama works as a Certified Prevention Specialist with Warm Springs Prevention Services. It focuses on youth. “Youth really inspires me to keep going,” Kalama said.

Kalama says finding music saved him and he hopes it can help others too. “I found my sobriety through my music,” Kalama said. “I try to always have a message, to be positive, because that’s what I want for my people. You can focus on the problems, the poverty, the alcoholism. I want to talk about healing, me focus on the good, sobriety, spirituality.”

Blue Flamez has been nominated for NAMAs in the past, including a win for Best Music Video in 2016.

COURTESY OF KALLIAH JACKSON - Kalliah Jackson

Kalliah Jackson is nominated for Single of the Year for her song with artist Blackwater titled “I Will Always Fight”. His song features a classic rock guitar intro, but is followed by drum beats and native vocals that set it apart from the usual rock sound.

“It means a lot to be recognized. It’s natural to want to be heard. As a human being, you can’t help but love achievement. It’s kind of proof that you have it. done. It gives you more confidence,” Jackson said. .

Jackson is originally from Warm Springs, but now lives in Minneapolis. She draws inspiration from her upbringing and the world around her. “I draw a lot of my inspiration from my life. A lot of my songs are about my experience as a native,” Jackson said.

Her nominated single “I Will Always Fight” is inspired by her participation in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and by the unity of the Native community. “I’ve never had six guns pointed at me before,” Jackson said, “Even with the fear, it was so powerful to see the connection and the music of Indigenous peoples together, it was very magical.”

Rapper Blue Flamez was also at Standing Rock and says moves like that inspire his path forward. “Companies are still making a profit, still grabbing our land,” Kalama said. “We are still fighting for our land, our water.”

Indigenous activism inspired many of Kalliah Jackson’s songs, including “I Will Find You,” a tribute to the hundreds of missing and murdered Indigenous women who are never found each year. Jackson had personal experience with this endemic problem. “I had a friend murdered, and it was like she didn’t even matter. I wrote the song a few months later,” Jackson said. “It’s incredibly infuriating how we’re still faced with so many fights for humanity and equality, and we see progress in so many circles, but it’s such a dire situation.”

Both Blue Flamez and Kalliah Jackson tie their native identities to their music, creating an intriguing blend of native music.

We were unable to contact Warm Springs rapper Bigg B, who is nominated for Best R&B Recording this year for his song “Hometown.”

Voting for the Native American Music Awards ends March 31 and anyone can vote at https://www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com/official-2022-voting-ballot


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