The ea­gle and The Raven band

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Indige­nous Taino mem­bers came to­gether in Fe­bru­ary of 2016 to form Puerto Ri­can rock band, The Ea­gle and The Raven Band. Guided by singer and song­writer Blanca Iris Acuña, the band set out to cre­ate orig­i­nal rock songs with Indige­nous sounds.

Acuña is a Taino Na­tive

Puerto Ri­can poet, song­writer, singer and painter. Raised in Puerto Rico Acuña sought to learn more about her Indige­nous her­itage, and in her twen­ties she moved to the United States to fol­low her pas­sion for mu­sic, art and po­etry. Along her jour­ney she found her peo­ple – the Na­tive Amer­i­can Chero­kee and Chippewa. She de­voted many years to liv­ing with her Na­tive Amer­i­can fam­ily, learn­ing the an­cient teach­ings and cer­e­monies, and was blessed with the Na­tive name “White Rain­bow Ea­gle”.

In 2007 she was dis­cov­ered by Cucco Peña - Latin su­per­star Marc An­thony’s pro­ducer - and in 2009 she be­gan record­ing with lo­cal mu­si­cians as well as with in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized artists such as Manuel Calzada and Indige­nous Peru­vian Jazz Leg­end - Per­cus­sion­ist - Alex Acuña. Acuña’s first CD-EP Poets Ocean was re­leased in 2012.

The Ea­gle and The Raven Band’s most re­cent EP, The Good Red Road, has gained in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion and de­liv­ers a mix of Indige­nous rock, fea­tur­ing the songs “Fa­ther Time”, “The Raven Song”, “Meant to be” and “Medicine Woman”. The band fea­tures an ar­ray of mu­si­cal tal­ent and con­sists of band­mates Sigfredo Auli Ro­driguez (pro­ducer and bass player), Blanca Iris Acuña (lead singer and song­writer), Adolfo “Fito” Ro­driguez (bass player), Richard Rosado (drum­mer) and Is­mael Sanchez (lead gui­tar).

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