Kahara Hodges- Vocalist AZ Ambassador of Music (Video)
In Tempe, Arizona, before tip-off of the February 24 Arizona State University women's basketball game versus the University of Arizona, vocalist Kahara Hodges, Navajo, sang the National Anthem in Navajo.
It was Native American Heritage night, and Hodges dazzled the crowd with her incredibly beautiful, moving performance.
According to her Facebook page, Kahara is an original and current member of the Phoenix Indian Centers Navajo singing class known as Dine’ Urban Voices. Since 2007, the group has promoted the preservation and beauty of the Navajo culture and language throughout the valley at multicultural gatherings, native celebrations, and fundraising events to benefit families in need of assistance.
Learn more about Kahara and support the work of this fabulously gifted young Navajo vocalist by visiting her Facebook page; click here.
And here's more of Kahara singing, a mesmerizing cover of the track "Gravity."
Kahara Hodges, 17, of Mesa, AZ is of Navajo, Mexican, English, and African American descent. She is from the Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle People) clan. Her ancestral home is Ganado, AZ. Learning and honoring her Navajo traditions and language through traditional and contemporary songs are very important to her.
She is a junior at Corona Del Sol High School in Tempe, AZ. She currently maintains a 3.8 GPA and participates in choir, school clubs, and sports. She has demonstrated exemplary achievement in academics, community service, leadership, and musical talents.
Kahara has been selected to partipate in the 2013 Arizona Ambassadors of Music Tour as a vocalist.
The 2013 Arizona Ambassadors will travel to and perform in England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, and Italy from June 21 to July 6, 2013.
Students are nominated by their school Choir/Band directors. The selection process is based on musical talent, maturity, and academic performance.
Arizona Ambassadors of Music Tour is organized by Voyageurs International. They are music travel specialists, who are celebrating their 43rd year organizing music tours to Europe and other parts of the world. The Music Director for the Arizona Ambassadors of Music Tour is Mr. William Richards of Tempe, Arizona. He is a music educator with over 30 years of service in Arizona schools.
As an ambassador, she will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to sing in fascinating venues, visit historically and culturally significant places, meet new people, broaden my horizons, and represent our beautiful state and native community. (SOURCE)