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Frank Waln: Live in Concert

Frank Waln: Live in Concert

We brought Sicangu Lakota hip hop artist and activist, Frank Waln, to the Cheyenne River Reservation for an exciting concert at the Tiospaye Topa School in La Plant, South Dakota on February 27, 2016. The La Plant music campers opened the show! Waln inspired the audience of over 200 by sharing personal stories and energizing songs about growing up on the Rosebud Reservation, embracing Lakota traditions and culture, and telling the truth of history through music. 

Special thanks to singer Kodi DeNoyer, who joined Waln onstage to perform songs from his upcoming album, Tokiya; the Tiospaye Topa School in La Plant for providing the perfect venue; and Tanaya Winder for helping the event come to fruition. 

Check out photos from the show!

watch: la plant music camp kids perform "Keep hope alive" and sing with frank waln!

watch: Frank waln's message to the children of La Plant

more about frank waln

Frank Waln is an award-winning Sicangu Lakota hip hop artist, producer, and performer from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. A recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, Waln attended Columbia College Chicago where he received a BA in Audio Arts and Acoustics.

Waln’s awards include three Native American Music Awards, a 3Arts Award, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development 2014 Native American 40 Under 40, and the 2014 Chicago Mayor's Award for Civic Engagement. He has been featured on USA Today, ESPN, and MTV's Rebel Music: Native America. Frank Waln travels the world spreading hope and inspiration through performance and workshops focusing on self-empowerment and pursuing dreams.