Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Cedarville Sound: Creating History At the Johnny Drama Funk Lab & Area Twenty-Two

Melo, Bob, Johnny and Eddie Ray at the Funk Lab.
Today was one of those days that a lot of musicians and songwriters only get to dream about. Today, on April 13, 2017, The GroovaLottos got to record three live singles at the Johnny Drama Funk Lab, owned by none other than THE Johnny Drama of "Wahlburger's".

Mwalim with his official Johnny Drama T-shirt!
When Bob and Chuck are at the boards, it's magic!
Recording in this facility was total synergy for the retro-groove style that the band has been cultivating. The "Ask Yo' Mama" CD totally revisits of the sounds of the late 1960's and early 1970's, from the most spirited Muscle Shoals soul, to the rawest New York funk in it's raw form. Today at Johnny Drama's the band took it to the Memphis Stax and Detroit Motown era and formula of live recording and mixing. 

This kind of recording is the true test of the value of a band. Can they bring it live? The results of this Recording session are going to be special bonus tracks available exclusively to fans and friends of The GroovaLottos.

By the way, you can get your FREE copy of the CLUB TRACK "For My NDN Relations"
FREE Download of "For My NDN Relations"

When Legends Meet!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Understanding Haters As Cowards

Where there is success, there are haters. Where there is progress, there are haters. The thing to understand is that haters are cowards at life who have very low self-esteem and are afraid to excel at anything other than failure.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

RECIPE: Wampanoag Ital - Root Vegetable Stew

Wampanoag Ital - A Root Vegetable Stew
Okay, when you're half West Indian and Half Wampanoag, you make jokes like this. One of the traditional Wampanoag dishes is a vegetable stew made with root vegetables. A traditional vegetable stew dish, primarily among Rastas in Jamaica is called "Ital".

The Granola Eaters on the lower-cape call it "Root Vegetable Medley", I call it "Wampanoag Ital" or "Bad Hunter's Stew". This is a basic Day of Mourning comfort food for the season and very easy to make. First, your stock.

The Stock:

  • 3/4 cup of minced scallions
  • 1/4 cup of minced, fresh sage
  • 1/4 cup mix of parsley, oregano and cilantro
  • 1/2 cup minced celery
  • dash of salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1 gallon of water

Place contents in stock pot, bring to a boil until about 1/3 of the water is boiled away. Remove from heat and set aside.

The Stew:

Basically, it's a mix of your favorite root vegetables. Quantities are to taste and I personally avoid potatoes.

  • Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Rutabaga
  • Onion
  • Yucca
  • Turnips
  • Wild Nuts

I also throw in a splotch of butter or coconut oil for infusion.

Allow to simmer on low on the stove or in a crockpot for about 4 hours.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Short List of Books on First Nations (Native American) Social, Political and Economic Experiences

At the National Day of Action event at UMass Dartmouth, I was asked for a book list on Native History and socio-political issues. It was a good idea and since the request started this list. These are a few items on my book shelf and by no means a complete list, but a good start. 

If folks have books to add, please hit me up on the contact page with title and author.

  • Handbook of North American Indians, by Bruce G. Trigger (ed.)
  • Reinterpreting New England Indians and the Colonial Experience, by Neal Salisbury and Colin G. Calloway (eds)
  • Manitou and Providence, by Neal Salisbury
  • A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth: Mourt’s Relation, by Dwight B Heath
  • Early American Women: A Documentary History, 1600–1900, by N Woloch
  • Mashpee Indians, by Jack Campisi
  • Clambake: A Wampanoag Traditionby Russell Peters and John Madama
  • History of King Philip, Sovereign Chief of the Wampanoags: Including the Early History of the Settlers of New England, by John S. C. Abbott
  • Talking With The Elders of Mashpee: Memories of Earl H. Mills, Sr., by Earl Mills, Sr.
  • Faith and Boundaries: Colonists, Christianity, and Community among the Wampanoag Indians of Martha's Vineyard, 1600-1871, by David SilvermanKing Philip's War: Colonial Expansion, Native Resistance, and the End of Indian Sovereignty, by Daniel R. Mandell
  • Mashpee Nine: A Story of Cultural Justice, by Paula Peters
  • The Long Island Indians and their New England Ancestors: Narragansett, Mohegan, Pequot & Wampanoag Tribes, by Donna Barron
  • A Mixed Medicine Bag: Original Black Wampanoag Folklore, by Mwalim
  • Captain Paul Cuffe’s Logs and Letters, by Rosalind Cobb Wiggins (ed)
  • Paul Cuffe: A Study of His Life and the Status of His Legacy in Old Dartmouth, by Brock N. Cordeiro
  • The Red King's Rebellion, by Russel Bourne
  • Black Indians, by William L Katz
  • American Indian Politics and the American Political System, by David Wilkins &  Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark
  • The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, by  Andrés Reséndez
  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, Colin Woodard
  • Indian Blues: American Indians and the Politics of Music, 1879–1934 , by John Troutman
  • The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians, by Naomi Schaefer Riley
  • Native American Testimony: A Chronicle of Indian-White Relations from Prophecy to the Present, 1492-2000, by Peter Nabokov
  • Through an Indian's Looking-Glass: A Cultural Biography of William Apess, Pequot, by  Drew Lopenzina

Monday, November 14, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Delays DAPL Easement and Calls for Further Environmental Review

SRST Statement
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers delays DAPL easement and calls for further environmental review
Corp says consulting with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe pivotal before final decision
CANNON BALL, N.D. – The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers today announced they are delaying an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline project until it conducts further environmental review with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The Corp noted that “construction on or under Corps land bordering Lake Oahe cannot occur because the Army has not made a final decision on whether to grant an easement.”
Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chair Dave Archambault II said while the decision was not 100 percent what the Tribe had hoped for he said it is clear President Obama is listening. “We are encouraged and know that the peaceful prayer and demonstration at Standing Rock have powerfully brought to light the unjust narrative suffered by tribal nations and Native Americans across the country,” Archambault said.
“Together we can inspire people across America and the globe to honor each other and the Earth we hold sacred,” Archambault said. “Millions of people have literally and spiritually stood with us at Standing Rock. And for this, you have our deepest thanks and gratitude. The harmful and dehumanizing tactics by the state of North Dakota and corporate bullies did not go unnoticed because of you. Not all of our prayers were answered, but this time, they were heard.”
The 1,100-mile pipeline was rerouted towards tribal nations after citizens of North Dakota rightfully rejected it to protect their communities and water. While the pipeline is nearly complete, it required the final easement to drill under the Missouri River (at Lake Oahe) just a half a mile upstream of the tribe’s reservation boundary. The water supply of the Tribe and 17 million Americans downstream are at risk for contamination by crude oil leaks and spills. A single spill would be culturally and economically catastrophic for the Tribe. The Missouri River is the longest river in North America and crosses several states south of the project.
“We call on all water protectors, as we have from the beginning, to join our voices in prayer and to share our opposition to this pipeline peacefully. The whole world is watching and where they see prayerful, peaceful resistance, they join us,” Archambault said.
Learn more about the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe at For incremental updates please follow our Facebook page at Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
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Chelsea Hawkins
Sue Evans

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

RECIPE: Louisiana Style Red Beans and Rice

I used to love Popeye's Red Beans and dirty rice, but the pork factor and rapidly declining quality of the chain in New England forced me to get my fix elsewhere. From bumping through a few on-line recipes, combined with my own plucks and tweaks, I came up with a version that gives me my fix.

Traditional Cajun Red Beans used andouille sausage, a German originated sausage with a very smokey flavor. There is a chicken version, which can be hard to find in some places, so I recommend using  Hardwood Smoked Turkey Kielbasa or Hot Turkey Italian Sausage.


1 pound dry kidney beans1/4 cup olive oil or coconut oil1 large onion, chopped1 green bell pepper, chopped4 tablespoons minced garlic2 stalks celery, chopped6 cups water2 bay leaves1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper2 teaspoons dried thyme1/2 teaspoon dried sage1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning1 pound chicken andouille sausage*, diced or minced4 cups water2 cups long grain white rice

  • Rinse and soak beans by your preferred method.
  • Chop onions, celery, garlic, pepper, and cilantro
  • Dice or mince sausage
  • In a large pot, add and heat oil. Add onions, garlic, green pepper and half of the cilantro, and about a handful of minced sausage to the oil and sauté.
  • Add beans and seasonings and mix well. Add 4-5 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and allow to simmer for approx 3 hours.
  • Add sausage and allow to simmer for an additional 30 minutes
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve over your favorite rice.
NOTE If using Italian Sausage or Kielbasa,  you'll want to sear it in a frying pan prior to dicing or mincing and adding to the beans.

Saturday, September 24, 2016



WED. 9-28-2016      2:00 PM

Lynn Currier:

From witnessing NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick’s courage to follow his heart and not stand for the National Anthem, we who care deeply about youth of color and social justice, have come together to publicly support Colin in his continued stance against the police brutality and other injustices within our society.  We will support him by sitting and speaking out on the steps of Government Center, with the Federal Building as our backdrop. People of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds will be sitting with us on the steps to show the city, country and world that we all “sit with Colin” and demand reform and an end to systemic racism. This event has already gained momentum as within 10 minutes of our posting this press conference and solidarity event on social media, hundreds of people around the country have shown support. It only takes one person who follows their heart to start a movement.

Speakers at the event will include:
Several of our black and brown youth, Reverend William Dickerson of Greater Love Tabernacle Church; Wayne Dozier, the grandfather of DJ Henry who was killed by a New York police officer; Charles Clemons Muhammad, ex-police officer and community activist; Lynn Currier, football mom and Director of Haitkaah Social Justice Project, an organization that does crisis intervention and advocacy for youth of color whose safety and lives are at risk due to the affects of systemic racism; Bishop Filipe Teixeira of  Diocese Saint Francis of Assisi, CCA, Bro Mwalim ,  Professor at UMass Dartmouth and New England Regional Director of the National Congress of  Black  American Indians; and  Claudette Wright, football mom and radio personality.