About Broken Walls
Broken Walls was conceived in 1995 by Jonathan Maracle, (a Mohawk from Tyendinaga Territory in Ontario, Canada) while attending a conference called the Sacred Assembly in Ottawa/Hull. As different First Nations speakers shared, they spoke of the walls that have been built between the visitors to this land and the First Nations people, Jonathan began to see the need for these walls to be broken and wrote the song “Broken Walls” on the spot and performed it on the drum at this Gathering.
Broken Walls now consists of Bill Pagaran (Tlingit) from Palmer, Alaska on the drums, Kris DeLorenzi (Italian) from Thunder Bay, Ontario on bass and backup vocals, and Jonathan Maracle (Mohawk) lead vocalist and guitarist. Broken Walls base many of their songs on the ancient sounds of the First Nations People of North America and often perform around their large Pow Wow drum, singing songs of and to the Creator. The band has a team of First Nations Dancers that often accompany them in full regalia when they perform.
Broken Walls travels year round and has toured worldwide since 1998 performing in places such as Peru, Mexico, China, Hawaii, France, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Israel, Costa Rica, and extensively across North America. They have taken the healing quality of their music into many places where restoration and reconciliation were needed, with great results.
Broken Walls has released 11 albums to date. Their latest CD, “The Path”, released August 2016, brilliantly blends the traditional sound of Native American music with the contemporary sounds of today. You can hear hard-driving rock, reggae, R&B, Latin and other world music fused with Pow-Wow. The Path honours the past while moving into the future. The instrumentation includes guitar, bass, native flute, keys, big drum, drum set, percussion, native chants and vocals.
Broken Walls is in high demand throughout the world and their message is uplifting to all.