National anthem sung in Navajo at home Jazz Game
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Rhonda Duvall, a member of the Navajo Nation who goes by the stage name “Honey,” sang the national anthem in her native language in front of a capacity crowd at yesterday’s Utah Jazz game at the Vivint Arena.
Honey’s performance received a standing ovation.
She wrote on her Facebook page, “Last night was everything I’ve worked my entire life for I’ve sang at REAL soccer games, Powwows, College graduations etc… but I never sang and repped my family, loves ones and community at a Jazz Game!!! it was a beautiful experience, stressful, yet beautiful. I cried as I was finishing the song, the emotions were over the top and I knew it was exactly what I’ve been needing, that release all my peoples were there, see y’all at U of U powwow this weekend.”
The Jazz players stood in a line side by side with each other’s arms on their teammates shoulders listening as intently as the standing spectators during the performance.