Mumsigo Tribe was founded in 2011. Our instruments consist of button accordion, bajo sexto, bass guitar, drums, electric guitar, keyboard, percussion and alto saxophone. The band was originated with Josh Enriquez, Scott Enriquez, Mekolo Enriquez and Jakob Enriquez whom are brothers and cousins and at the time were affiliated with the Cisco Band. Josh Enriquez recruited Alyssa Cruz to play Bass Guitar with the band and is now affiliated with Mumsigo Tribe and Juanios Boys y Familia. The band was in search of a bajo sexto player and recruited Deron Lopez. Deron at that time was affiliated with the Native Pride Waila Band.
In March 2011, Mumsigo Tribe made their 1st debut at the Mul-Chu-Tha Rodeo & Fair in Sacaton, Arizona. The band participated in the Battle of the Bands that was hosted by the Gila River Indian Community. Six months later, Mumsigo Tribe was in agreement to begin recording their first album and by September 2011, Mumsigo Tribe released their first recording C.D album titled “Lesson 1.” The C.D. title was in honor of a song that the Cisco Band had recorded; Mumsigo Tribe felt it was a good choice being that the band members were learning new things as a newly formed band. Soon after the release, Josh scouted and recruited Araya Valisto; whom was affiliated with the Native Pride Waila Band.
December 2011, Mumsigo Tribe had officially established a band of seven members. Mumsigo Tribe has provided music for different occasions including fundraisers and with much practice and feeling comfortable, Mumsigo Tribe was ready to promote more of their music. In August 2012, Mumsigo Tribe began recording their second C.D. album.
In September 2012, Mumsigo Tribe was informed that their first recording C.D album, “Lesson 1,” was nominated in the Native American Music Award under the Best Waila Category along with 5 other waila bands from the Tohono O’odham Nation. The award ceremony was to be held on November 30, 2012 in Niagara Falls, NY, however due to Hurricane Sandy it has been rescheduled for May 10, 2013.
On January 31, 2013, we released our second recording C.D album titled “On To the Next”. We selected this title as a group, having the understanding that we continue to learn and grow as a band, and whatever comes our way we deal with it and move on. We are a young group of musicians, our ages range from 14-23 years old. We reside on the Tohono O’odham Nation in the communities of Sells, Sikol Himtka, Santa Rosa, and Jackrabbit. We want to thank our family and friends for the love and support they have given us. We dedicate all of our music to them and also want to send out a special acknowledgement to Mr. Francis Enriquez for his guidance and support; we cannot thank him enough for everything he has done for Mumsigo Tribe.