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Felipe Rose        

Best Known as the Native American Indian Attired Vocalist in the World Famous Group Village People

Felipe Rose is an original member of the disco group, the Village People. While in the group, he performed as an "Indian" character - usually wearing a warbonnet and loincloth - from 1977 until 2017, when the name of the group was turned over to original lead singer Victor Willis. Rose subsequently launched a solo career and released the single "Going Back to My Roots" in 2018.

Rose began as a nightclub dancer. He describes being encouraged by an aunt to begin dancing "in his father's tribal regalia", which he says led to his costume in the Village People. In 1977, Village People had their first hit with "San Francisco", although this song became a hit only in the United Kingdom. Then in 1978 they had their first hits in the U.S. with "Macho Man" followed by "YMCA". In the 1980s, Rose sang and danced for the Latin music maestro Tito Puente and he also starred in a regional theatre production of West Side Story.

In 1996, Rose started the Tomahawk Group, an entertainment and recording company which handles the Village People's releases and songs. The company is also in charge of the group's many engagements. Rose has also been the producer of various artists.

In 2000, Rose began to work on his solo career. His single Trails of Tears was nominated for 3 NAMMY Awards (Native American Music Awards) for Best Historical Recording, Song of the Year, and Best Producer. In 2002, Rose was the opening act of the fifth Annual Native American Music Awards celebrated at the Marcus Amphitheatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. That year he won a NAMMY Award for the Best Historical Recording.

Rose and Village People have raised millions of dollars for many charities. Among them are the Native American College Fund and various AIDS charities. Rose is a member of the board of directors of Sixuvus Ltd, the Advisory Board of the Native American Music Association, the LARAS-Latin Grammys, and the Winter Music Conference.

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