For over 3 decades, multi-award winning musicians Jeneda and Clayson Benally from the (Dine) Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona have been recording and touring offering their empowering, organically conscious-raising, charged music to communities throughout Europe and North America. As brother and sister, they create an explosive duo of bass, drums and vocals with a traditional Navajo backbone bridging folk, rock, world, pop and punk undertones.
The pair grew up protesting the environmental degradation and inhumane acts of cultural genocide fighting for their traditional way of life side by side. Sihasin means “hope” in Dine and their music calls upon hope for equality, creating healthy and respectful communities, social and environmental justice. Their first album “Never Surrender”, produced by Grammy award-winner Ed Stasium, has won numerous accolades within the American Indian music scene. The album spent 18 weeks on Sirius XM'S Aboriginal countdown reaching #1 and was highlighted in the Huffington Post as the #1 “Freedom Fighting Band to get you Through the Trump Years". Sihasin's second album “Fight Like A Woman” which was released in May 2018 and also produced by Ed Stasium, has received 11 nominations in Native American Music Categories, won 2 Global Music Awards, ‘Best Pop’ in the Indian Summer Music Awards and 5 nominations in the Native American Music Awards. It is in current rotation throughout the world on Undercurrents Radio including many college and independent radio stations.
Sihasin is a rare band that leaves their audiences with an exhilarating feeling of hope and respect for cultural appreciation demonstrated through their performance. The duo frequently gives presentations and workshops on Native American culture and history as well. The band has been featured in The London Sunday Times, NPR's All Things Considered, Arizona Highways, The Huffington Post, Ryot Magazine, Radio France's RFI, Arte TV, PBS, ABC, among others.
Sihasin has recently performed at The Kennedy Center, Grassroots Festival, Festival Alfonso Ortiz Tirado (Mexico), Tanz im Fest (Germany), The Museum of Native American History, Globalquerque, SXSW, World Fest, The Woody Guthrie Center and countless others. They landed a national television commercial spot with Tony Bennett for Hyundai Cars sync deal, over 30 tours in Europe and hundreds across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. They are looking forward to continuing their mission to tour the world to bring their paradigm decree of hope, respect and understanding.