- OriginJemez Pueblo, New Mexico
- GenresAmericana · Folk · Native American
Authenticity. Honor. Respect.
From humble beginnings on their native Jemez Pueblo, to groundbreaking performances at the GRAMMY® Awards and 20,000-seat venues, Black Eagle has truly soared beyond the red rock canyons of their homeland.
Formed in 1989 by Malcom Yepa, the drum group continues to hone their unique blend of traditional American Indian music and their native Towa language, while remaining connected with their own pueblo culture. All of the members of Black Eagle still reside on the Indian Reservation, where the balancing of their individual tribal responsibilities and traditions come before the demands of the hectic entertainment world outside the boundaries of their centuries-old pueblo lands.
After nearly two decades of perseverance in “paying their dues,” Yepa’s integrity and tenacity propelled Black Eagle beyond the powwow arenas onto the radar of the mainstream music scene, earning four GRAMMY® nominations along the way. Their 2004 GRAMMY® Award-winning album, Flying Free, served notice throughout the industry of Black Eagle’s groundbreaking success and distinctive sound.
Overwhelmingly considered Native America’s premier drum and vocal ensemble, Black Eagle is frequently featured by the Smithsonian Museums, in addition to appearances at New York’s Lincoln Center and the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market.