Black Turtle Island

by Tchiya Amet

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Second original music cd: an expression of a voice and culture that is rarely heard in music: the Black Native Experience. Contining the tradition of putting sacred teachings of the ancestors to contemporary music. This collection includes original songs written in Tsalagi (Cherokee), and teachings of Marcus Garvey, Langston Hughes and Malcolm X put to original music with a solid roots reggae foundation. Dohiyi. Peace.

Musician (Singer/Songwriter/Keyboards), Ethno-Astronomer and Craftswoman, Tchiya Amet was born August 5, and raised on the South Side of Chicago, IL. Her ancestral heritage resembles a patchwork quilt: She is First Nations including Black Cherokee and Blackfoot. Her way of living reflects the Wisdom of the Ancient Ones from the Four Directions.

Tchiya has played in Irie Jane, One Nation, the Presidents, World Tribe, Karison, Dogon Sirius, Isaac Haile Selassie and Joanna Marie. Y2K: Tchiya Amet & the Light House Band toured recently with the Spirit of Bob Marley Festival Tour. 2001 they traveled to both coasts: Spring 2001 to St. Petersburg, FL for the Seminole Tribe "Discover Native America Pow Wow". Summer found them out West at Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Roots Mountain Fest in Tonasket, WA and Reggae on the River. Other festivals & cultural events include: World One Day in El Cerrito, CA., Houston Women's Festival, Austin Jazz Festival, Alamo Community Garden Festival, the Austin I.S.D. Pow Wow and Healing Bloody Island Concert at Robinson Rancheria (Pomo Indian Rez).

Fall of 2002 Tchiya Amet & the Light House Band had the opportunity to perform at Monterey Bay Reggae Fest, One Root Festival, and San Francisco Reggae in the Park.

Her early influences include Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley, Freedom Fighters, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Sade, Patrice Rushen, Brenda Russell, Fela, Sun Ra, Gregory Isaacs, Burnin' Spear, Cesaria Evora, Abyssinians, Misti and Roots, and Steel Pulse.

Tchiya has been homeschooling her daughters since they were born. The curriculum at Arbol de Vida Homeschool has included: Yoga, Math, Astronomy/Astrology, Music, Art, Science of Living and Natural Health, Indigenous Rights, Sovereign America, Vegan Cooking, Environmental Studies, Soccer, Sewing, Drama, Homeschoolers' Social Club and Culture Studies. Her many passions include Hiking, Swimming in Spring Water, Jogging, Fancy Shawl Dancing, Organic Gardening, Hemp for Peace, Calendar Reform and Watermelon. In her "free" time, Tchiya enjoys sharing her research on Cultural Astronomy and Yoga with people of all ages.


released July 14, 2003

J.J. "BMX" Richards—lead vocals on 1 track, bass on 2 tracks
Monoah Vela—backing vocals on 1 track
Dwayne Jackson—backing vocals on 1 track, guitars on 6 tracks
Mike Franklin—backing vocals on 1 track, guitars on 7 tracks, keys/organs on 8 tracks
Dwayne Jackson—backing vocals on 1 track, bass on 3 tracks
Mario H. Vela—drums, percussion, sounds
Sidny "Sidoo" Santos—basss on 6 tracks
Toho Saunders—basss on 1 track
Mario Bay Chong—bass on 1 track
Scott "Choctow" Aaron—guitars on 4 tracks
Ed "Loveletter" Elizaise—guitars on 1 track
Christian Fernandez—quatro guitar on 2 tracks
Eugenia Dale—acoustic guitar on 1 track
Steve Hoffman—keys/organs on 1 track
Ras Meli-Melv—sax
Mark Wilson—bartione
Ed McNames—trumpet
Freddy Mendoze—trombone
Albert Garza—sax
Rusty Martin—harp on 1 track


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