Marcus Ridge is a Diné (Navajo), Cherokee and Hopi Native American out of Na’Neelzhiin, Wolf Stand, Torreon, New Mexico, based in New Zealand. Kateřina Pihera-Ridge is born and raised in Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand from Ngati Rangiwewehi, Ngati Whakaue, Nga Puhi tribes as well as the Czech Republic. She is also adopted into the Jemez Pueblo tribe of New Mexico.
Native Nations fuse cultural tradition and contemporary realities in their catchy upbeat music. They blend Roots reggae, “Rez” reggae and Aotearoa NZ reggae in their self produced original music. Native Nations have experience performing locally and internationally, at community and large events, festivals, conference presentations and have also supported touring bands.
The single “Get to you” was recorded at Frogville Studios in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Also known as their “wedding song,” their first music video filmed by No Reservations Production captures their traditional Diné (Navajo) wedding and Stage 49 performance, at the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, Albuquerque.
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Marcus Ridge is a Diné (Navajo), Cherokee and Hopi Native American out of Na’Neelzhiin, Torreon, New Mexico. An experienced multi-instrument musician and has played in award-winning Native American bands, Marcus is the creator and producer of Native Nations music as well as lyricist and vocalist. Marcus completed two Degrees at the University of New Mexico and works in the area of Social Services as a Whanau Ora Pae Arahi – indigenous programme navigator, supporting whanau/ families in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Katerina hails from Rotorua, Aotearoa, NZ and affiliates to Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngā Puhi tribes and the Czech Republic. A past member of winning Kapa Haka groups, covers’ band singer and previous solo hip-hop artist, Katerina arranges compositions as lyricist and vocalist of Native Nations. She had two Degrees from the University of Waikato and most recently a Post-Graduate Degree from Massey University and has a background in Maori and Indigenous Development and currently works in environmental protection as Maori Policy Advisor.
The MāoriDiné tribe grows…
The Native Nations husband and wife duo have two children; Te Kanuka and Sequoia. Both named after strong, resilient, native trees. They unite Māori and Native American whakapapa (genealogy), culture, language, land, water, love and solidarity, today and into future generations. A result of existing Maori and Native American cultural connections – through relationships, experiences and music.
Native Nations Music
Their single “Get to You” is their first track to be released for sale on iTunes and Spotify. “Get to You” has a YouTube video that captures their traditional Navajo wedding and performance at the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, Stage 49 in Albuquerque with Navajo band, Strike (filmed by No Reservation Production). It has received positive indigenous and international reviews. Their full album is in its final stages and will include elements of traditional Native American and Māori chants to complement their unique catchy sound.