Musicians Join Together

February 1, 2017

Musicians Join Together on Community Digital Album "Swimming in Blackwater - West" in Support of Camp of the Sacred Stones.

I was asked, “When do you consider this pipeline issue to be over?” I said, when every pipe is out of the ground and the earth is repaired across the United States. I am not negotiating, I am not backing down. I must stand for our grandchildren and for the water.”   ~ LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Founder, Camp of the Sacred Stones

Inspired by LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, the woman who initiated of the nonviolent movement against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, songwriters Barbara K and Wolfgang Pracht created the Swimming In Blackwater project to support water protectors standing with the people of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Co-Produced by songwriters Jess Klein and Mike June, Swimming In Blackwater - West is the first of several planned community digital albums to benefit the Camp of the Sacred Stones in their efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Contributing Artists include: Malcolm Holcomb, Peter Mulvey, Barbara K, Jess Klein, Mike June, Rod Picott, Gaelynn Lea, Chip Robinson, Havilah Rand, Jared Tyler, nerdcore pioneer MC Frontalot, and rockabilly group Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers. 

The album is available via SOMUMA (Social Music Marketeers), a public service project launched by K and Pracht enabling "songwriters and musicians to empower ourselves and our communities through the power of our music." 

SOMUMA utilizes CD Baby’s MP3 Music Player service for embedding the digital album on anyone's website, encouraging sales across the Internet. Artists, fans and supporters spread the word, raising awareness of and funds for Camp of the Sacred Stones.

Swimming in Blackwater gained momentum when Klein and June visited the project’s creators during their tour in Germany in September 2016. Barbara K had recorded "Swimming in Blackwater", a song she wrote with Wolfgang Pracht, written from the perspective of a turtle swimming through the oil-polluted waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  

Klein describes her reasons for engagement: "Not only are the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe standing up for their land, their sovereignty, their right to clean water, and the protection of our planet, they are also setting an example for all concerned citizens in the world to follow - activism rooted in spiritual belief.  Each day of the DAPL protests started with the tribal chiefs leading a prayer for all present and also praying for the Army Corps, the people threatening them.  This is the powerful example we all need to follow as the shadows and fear of humanity threaten to overpower us.  The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, like MLK or Gandhi, are finding a way to say "yes" to the greater power of love and humanity to overcome fear.

Malcolm Holcombe puts it succinctly: "Water is life.  What else is there to say?"

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