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Old 08-19-2015, 01:39 AM   #1
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Back Up Singing, or Not?

At a recent powwow, Back Up Singers were not allowed on contest songs


Shakespeare once said: To Back Up, or Not to Back Up....That is the Question....


Fire Away!
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Old 08-19-2015, 01:03 PM   #2
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was that for dance contest songs? or for singing contest songs?

also, was there a separate backup singing contest?
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Powwow committees put up the money that each drum is competing for so they make the rules that must be followed in order to win their money.

If they said all singers must sing bare chested (< yuk) while sitting on the ground NdN style, well those are the rules to win their money. If you don't like their rules there are 30 other powwows to choose from in NdN country in the summer time!
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I can't stand back up singers myself. I have actually stopped recording at powwows because of them.
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was that for dance contest songs? or for singing contest songs?

also, was there a separate backup singing contest?
On all contest songs, no backups allowed.

Backups were only allowed to sing during Non-contest songs.
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i guess we need to define what "backup singing" means.

it could mean a "backup" singer who is from another drum group helping out a particular group of singers.

or it could mean women singers standing behind the men singers to help carry the voices over with the higher range.

personally, i like picking up the female voices with my microphones and i intentionally place my mics just for that purpose.
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From the FB posts I saw, it was the ladies who were excluded on the singing contest songs.

They were okay for the other songs.
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At traditional and non competition powwows 'chorus girls,' 'wicagladas' and "women back up singers" are an integral part of the drum. In some tribes women pay for the right to have a seat to sing behind the drum.

Modern singing contests change everything.
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