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MUSC 299 – Rez Metal


The band Testify is a Native American metal band with a positive message. The drummer, Edmund Yazzie, is a member of the Navajo Nation Council, the legislative branch of the Navajo Nation. The band is one of many Native American metal bands; the genre has even acquired a name, Rez Metal. Like rap, heavy metal speaks to the frustrations, fears, trials, and tensions of being part of a disenfranchised or marginalized group within the American society. According to their official band page, they are “committed to inspiring Native youth and young adults to be proud of their heritage and to promoting positive social change.”

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Check out their Facebook page or their page on Reverb Nation.

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