WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL DAKOTA MUSIC TOUR BLOG!

In 2011, the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Maza Kute Singers (Dakota) and Composer Brent Michael Davids toured together with other world-renown performers for 4 concerts! This is the official Dakota Music Tour blog!

WHAT IS THE DAKOTA MUSIC TOUR?

In 2011, Maestro Ken Freed conducted Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Maza Kute Singers (Santee Dakota), Trumpeter Manny Laureano (Minnesota Orchestra), M. Cochise Anderson (Chickasaw/Choctaw) and Award-Winning Composer Brent Michael Davids (Stockbridge Mohican) on tour through Dakota country with 4 concerts merging American Indian and Western classical music. The DMT was filmed by Syd Beane (Flandreau Santee Dakota) for some promo videos. The DMT radio broadcast was recorded by James E Gullickson. The DMT publicist was Liz Hill (Red Lake Ojibwe) of Liz Hill Public Relations, Ltd. The DMT evaluator was Dr. Patricia Shifferd. DMT was supported by “Arts Tour Minnesota" and the voter-approved “Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment” of the Minnesota State Constitution.

MAZA KUTE SINGERS


DMT Dakota Drum Group — The Maza Kute singers are a tradional singing group from the Santee Indian Reservation. Santee, Nebraska is located in the Northeast corner of Nebraska along the barks of the Missouri river. The Maza Kute drum group has been singing for over 30 years, the group was formed in 1979. This drum group has kept the music alive in the Santee community with the help of many great singers. They have singers and relatives scattered thru out Indian Country and have traveled extensively.

The Maza Kute singers were given the name after forming by the commuity in honor of one of our leaders, Maza Kute.

Sante Sioux Tribe of Nebraska