The name Makoché (ma- ko- chey) comes from the Lakota word for earth: maka. There is no English equivalent. The name refers to the goodnes of the land, family, and the interdependency of all living things.
When Makoché Studios opened, it was recognized with the prestigious “Room of the Year” award by Mix Magazine. The studio quickly became a haven for Native American Artists, producing award winning releases for Kevin Locke, Andrew Vasquez, Joseph Fire Crow, Sissy Goodhouse and the Grammy Nominated drum group, Lakota Thunder. The label Makoché began releasing work by our artists in 1995.
The music presented is primarily influenced by Native American culture, both traditional and contemporary.
Makoché artists have been recognized over the years by our peers, including 2 Grammy nominations and 2 dozen Native American Music Awards (NAMMYS). Music produced by Makoché has contributed to numerous films including productions by Ken Burns for Florentine Films - Lewis & Clark, Horatio's Drive, Benjamin Franklin, The National Parks - America's Best Idea and the highly anticipated The American Buffalo.
The soundtrack companion to Ken Burn's latest film features 18 tracks from artists Joseph Fire Crow, Peter Ostroushko, Will Duncan, Bobby Horton, Lakota Thunder, Keith Bear, Skip Gorman, Larry Unger, Gary Stroutsos, Randy Granger and Robbie Robertson. You can stream it on all popular platforms, or buy the CD here.
You can find Makoché music on all popular streaming platforms,
but here is a collection of some of our favorites.
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