Debuted on Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 10, the Netflix youngsters’ present “Spirit Rangers” encompasses a catchy theme music co-composed and sung by Raye Zaragoza, who will carry out on the Maui Arts & Cultural Heart’s McCoy Studio Theater on Wednesday.
Lauded by NPR as “one of the contemporary and compelling voices in folks music immediately,” and by PopMatters as “a voice made for our instances, talking fact to energy,” Zaragoza is worked up in regards to the present and her participation.
“It has been unbelievable,” mentioned Zaragoza, who’s a part of Akimel O’otham Native American, Mexican and Japanese. “I’ve written over 45 songs for the present. It is a whole dream come true.”
The broadly praised animated collection entails three Native American Junior Rangers who can rework into super-powered spirits to assist shield the nationwide park that they name residence.
Celebrating Indigenous storytelling, some future episodes will embody Hawaii themes. “We have now at the least a few episodes in season two particularly about our indigenous family from the Hawaiian islands,” she defined. “It is actually thrilling.”
in addition to “Spirit Rangers,” Zaragoza’s music has popped up a good bit on TV this yr, together with on the soundtrack of SYFY’s present “Resident Alien,” in addition to “The Kardashians,” and a collaboration with Viv Parker was featured ABC’s “Gray’s Anatomy.”
So far as different collaborations, she teamed in the summertime with Oahu-born reggae singer KBong for the upbeat love music “Name Residence.” And late final yr she recorded a brand new model of her music “The It Woman,” with Brooke Simpson, a member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe, seen on “The Voice” and “America’s Acquired Expertise.”
“I used to be dwelling in a world that wasn’t made for brown pores and skin women,” Zaragoza sings on “The It Woman.” It is one of many highly effective songs from her most up-to-date album “Girl in Color,” which was impressed by a mission to deliver justice and equality to those that have been marginalized and maligned.
“’The It Woman’ is a music about being insecure about having brown pores and skin and being combined race, after which rising up and really these are my tremendous powers,” she mentioned. “These are the issues that I like most about myself. It sums up lots of my life and my emotions in direction of the shortage of range in leisure and the way in my profession I wish to change that and actually uplift different numerous tales.”
Having as soon as felt alienated from her combined racial background, making “Girl in Color” offered therapeutic for her. “My music has been a therapeutic a part of my life,” she mentioned. “Music has been my method of telling my story as a result of I felt so lengthy for my complete life disassociated from each facet of my racial background. I used to be very all American, born and raised in New York Metropolis. However being so many alternative racial backgrounds was overwhelming. It is nearly such as you default to nothing. I felt I had no id as a child. Then I spotted music was my method of telling my story and turning into my very own id.”
one other highly effective music, “Change Your Identify,” depicts her mom’s immigration from Japan and her household’s determination to offer her an American title. Zaragoza subsequently launched a video that includes of us from across the nation who had additionally Americanized their names to slot in.
“My mother needed to change her title when she moved to the US when she was a three-year-old,” she famous. “Her dad and mom requested an American soldier stationed in Japan, what lets title our daughter? And he mentioned her title was Shirley, as a result of Shirley Temple was actually well-liked.
Amongst her earlier impressed songs, she highlighted the Dakota Entry Pipeline protests with “Driving to Standing Rock.” “Being a part of that motion undoubtedly formed me as an artist, and confirmed me that music may be the soundtrack of a motion and it is actually essential to write down songs about these crucial instances in our historical past and to write down songs about combating for indigenous land and water . It is like part of my obligation.”
Zaragoza feels aligned with a continuum of activist artists who’ve impressed others over time. “It means rather a lot to me to create music with a message and to be a part of a lineage of songwriters who’ve used music as a strategy to make change on the earth and spreading consciousness. I hope my music heals folks and leaves them feeling fueled and stuffed and hopeful.”
Raye Zaragoza performs within the MACC’s McCoy Studio Theater at 7:30 pm on Wednesday. Tickets are $35 (plus relevant charges), with a ten % low cost for MACC members, and half value for youngsters 12 and beneath. Ticket gross sales are on-line solely.