Sacred Fire is a cultural adventure in sounds and styles that blend together for an extraordinary experience that will speak to the heart, lift the spirit and soothe the soul. The album won the Native American Music Award (Nammy) for Best Gospel/Inspirational Recording.
Most songs are Native American, but Sayani included two Hawaiian songs to honor the culture and the people of the land where they made their home for many years.
Their name, Sayani, is a Tsalagi (Cherokee) word meaning Zion and is pronounced Sah YAH nee.
Most of the songs are performed in English but are peppered here and there with Tsalagi, Lakota and Hawaiian languages.
Acclaimed musician, David Kahiapo, plays guitar throughout the album and has added a familiar Hawaiian flavor to some of their music to create a unique Native blend.
Other guest guitars are performed by Leon Siu and Wayne Santos (Indian Blood, Sacred Fire), Charles Recaido from "Kohala", (Cherokee Pride, Come Closer) and the Ukulele was played by Gaymond Apaka (Puhi Bay). Mickey Ioane (best known for writing the song "Hawaii '78", sung by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole) played the Congas (Puhi Bay, Come Closer).
Moses Crabbe, a respected Kumu Hula, translated the "Hawaiian Skies" chorus into the Hawaiian language and chants the Oli at the end.
The Native American Flute is played by Jorie West and percussion by Christie West.
This project was recorded and mixed by Charles Recaido in Kamuela, Hawaii, and remastered in 2009 by Vince Collins in Fort Worth, Texas.
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