The eagle and The Raven band
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).