Khu.éex’ translates to “potlatch” in the Tlingit language. Using Alaskan Tlingit music as inspiration, the band performs contemporary funk/jazz improvisations to lay a foundation for traditional vocals which are layered and interspersed with spoken word and storytelling.
Khu.éex’ albums may also be found at these local Seattle record stores:
Light in the Attic Record Store
Silver Platters - SODO
Translating from "together" in the Tlingit language, "wooch" also echoes the "WOO" philosophy of Khu.éex' co-founder Bernie Worrell in which he wished to use music to bring people together through sound. Focusing on the concept of the Alaska Native communities' shared experiences, the album explores the connection between historical and contemporary issues and intergenerational strength in the face of trauma.
The recording of Khu.éex’s third album, entitled “Héen” (water in the Tlingit language), coincided with critical events and issues affecting Indian Country (and the earth as a whole) including the construction of Dakota Access Pipeline and the endangerment of clean water in our communities. These events were on the group’s mind during these sessions, which resulted in water being a conceptual connecting thread throughout the material.
This song is a funk/jazz interpretation with Native American elements of a sunrise tribute. From the Khu.éex' album, "They Forgot They Survived".
This song is based on spoken word Beat Poetry by Gene Tagaban. In the spirit of Parliament-Funkadelic. A Funk/Rock jam. Gene had been in a serious bike accident just days earlier. Yet he pulled it together for the band.