MIGNON GELI | musician/activist
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Mignon Geli was born in San Francisco, California, of Filipino and Spanish ancestry, and currently living in the California Sierra Foothills by Coloma, in Nisenan-Maidu country, for the past 16 years. Twelve years ago, her son gifted her with a native wood flute. She is self-taught, plays by ear, and a couple years later added native drums to her repertoire. She can flute along in many genres of music from traditional native to contemporary native, to folk, rock, jazz, funk, soul, etc. She is a member of the Neena McNair Family Singers, a multi-cultural women’s native traditional Drum group. When not playing solo flute or women’s Drum, she often joins Goodshield Aguilar or his 7th Generation Rise band, www.GoodshieldMusic.com at many festivals and events and is a member of Walan Amana, a Nisenan rock band.
Mignon is a volunteer broadcaster since 2007, on KFOK Community Radio, 95.1 FM, Georgetown, CA hosting “Indigenous Soul" airing pre-recorded indigenous music and sounds of Turtle Island (America) Wednesdays, 4-6pm. http://www.kfok.org/about-us/broadcaster-profiles/302-mignon-geli
She is also a member of the El Dorado County Indian Council http://www.edcic.org/, Friends of the Nature Area www.georgetownnaturearea.org, and an active supporter of the Buffalo Field Campaign protecting the last of the wild, genetically pure buffalo in Yellowstone Park, www.buffalofieldcampaign.org. Anna Kastner and she are co-coordinators of the Global Indigenous Peoples Village at California World Fest’s annual music event, which just took place July 14-17, 2016, in Grass Valley, California. Many of the musicians from the Unity Concert participated.
Please visit http://worldfest.net/global-indigenous-peoples-village/. She has three music albums available for purchase: Naturally Flute & Drum, Soul-A-Mente, and The Fifth World, all in collaboration with Goodshield Aguilar and/or 7th Generation Rise.
The Fifth World album is available on CD Baby and includes Buffalo Wild by John Trudell: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/7thGenerationRise