Bands compete in annual battle

Emma Hughes
Gila River Indian News


Chicken scratch bands competed during the Mul-Chu-Tha weekend under the newly added tent at the Sacaton fairgrounds. The battle of the bands was held March 7-8, where competing bands played warm up songs and were judged on three competition songs in the styles of chote, waila, and cumbia.  The battle of the bands was also broadcasted live on the O’odham Hewel Ni’ok radio station.


This year’s battle of the bands winners:

1st place Project Kumbia 

2nd place Two Rivers

3rd place D-Faktion Nyne


Battle of the Bands also featured a dance contest held on Sunday night. Dance competition winners are: 

Chote Competition

1st place Archie Miguel and Doreen Cooper

2nd place Matthew Miguel and Christina Lyons

3rd place Sunigh Antone and Tyloria Antone


Waila Competition

1st place Juan Bustamante and Anaya Enos

2nd place Alexander Bustamante and Antonia Bustamante 

3rd place Sunigh Antone and Tyloria Antone


Cumbia Competition

1st place Manuel Wickey

2nd place Anya Enos

3rd place Jasper Pilone