Exotica exploits of a sensual kind from San Francisco’s intrepid chanteuse who knows no boundaries – review by DMME

RAZTERIA – Aventurera

RAZTERIA – Aventurera

Asteria 2016

RAZTERIA - Aventurera

RAZTERIA –
Aventurera

Exotica exploits of a sensual kind from San Francisco’s intrepid chanteuse who knows no boundaries.

Renee Asteria’s fifth album may take her all over the place – so don’t be calmed by the cozy bossa nova of its acoustically laced title track – yet this place is inevitably sultry. Bringing in a variety of kindred spirits, the singer sometimes defies the circumstances of a song’s provenance, so you can never tell that the lazy “Zone” has been cut out of a long jam which happened on a Halloween night and then rhythmically augmented; and if Renee doesn’t go for a disguise here, guitar riffs of “Life” find her donning a heavy metal diva outfit.

Portuguese, Spanish, English and French get whipped up phonetically as dictated by the mood, and raps on the likes of “Change” – with Rahman Jamaal joining in for rhyming – are driven by pure passion. The same duo deliver a seriously charged performance on “Once Again” – throbbing, shining with brass, and then boiled down to natural essence in its majestic a cappella mix – but “Take My Hand” offers a catchy twist on funk to groove to before “Thankful” cracks a reggae smile to the world. It’s only on “Winds” that the song’s repetitiveness is chipping at its own progressive message, although this doesn’t matter much at the end of so fine a record. Maybe it’s not an adventure per se, but it’s an unexpectedly fine trip nevertheless.

 

June 4th – Bern the Vote with US! Dance Paarty at El Rio, Mission District San Francisco

*Tomorrow*Manana*Demain*

JOIN US Bern the VOTE with us MANANA – Sabado – Saturday!!!!! I’m looking forward to presenting a new live arrangement semi-acoustic fusion of South American traditionals, and original crossover’s of reggae, hip hop, funk with
>>rapper Rahman Jamaal Mc / Rahman Jamaal and
>>Ben Isaacs bringing West African percussion, together with
>>lead guitarist Kevin Glaz.
We will be opening up the dance party at El Rio in Mission District, San Francisco followed by rumba band La Mandanga and brass band Mission Delirium https://www.facebook.com/events/1175131589226097/

Check out a little clip of a new track we are working on that we will be presenting for the first time live!

Baila Negra (Razteria, Kata of LoCura, Amor Do Samba) + The World (feat. Everyone)

Razteria’s Aventurera Fiesta Grand Finale from show April 9 2016
Razteria’s take on Baila Negra, a traditional afro-colombian tune.
Featuring:
**Kata of LoCura
**Amor do Samba Dance Troupe
**Jackeline Rago (cuatro)
**Fyah Squad Band (Waddell Bell, Lou Neuburger)
**Tomas Salcedo (guitar)
**Raleigh Neal (keys)
**Dave Eagle (percussion)

PLUS
The World from Razteria’s album Aventurera
featuring Everyone in the audience :)

Video edited by Alex Zajicek
Video live footage by Deonta Marino, Alex Zajicek, Phillip Velasco, Inti Fernandez,
Live audio recording by Josh Petersen
Live audio mix by James Ward(Live Oak Studio)

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Aventurera Album Release Fiesta! 4/9/16 @ The Uptown (Oakland)

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I am VERY excited and honored to announce Aventurera Album Release Fiesta! Live @ THE UPTOWN – Saturday April 9th, 2016.

I’ll be alongside an all star line up! DJLeydis Pasto Seco Band Rahman Jamaal Street Poetry Music Empress Unification Sol Atash Irae Divine Ariel Marin Fyah Squad Band Seneca Chatterbox Kata of LoCura Amor do Samba Entertainment. We will be joined by the sweet cuatro sounds of Jackeline Rago of Venezuelan Music Project, guitar by Tomas Salcedo and keys by Raleigh Neal :)

Aventurera album is groundbreaking in its richness, representing the synergy of collaborations with talented independent San Francisco Bay area artists and beyond. *10 tracks (+ 2 bonus tracks), in English, Spanish and French. 90% recorded & produced at RAZTERIA’s own, Truffula Oak Studio, mixed by James Ward, of Live Oak Studio in Berkeley, and mastered by Justin Weiss of Trakworx. Two of the tunes (Change, Little Sister) were mixed at Kinyama Sounds, a Suisse based label. Aventurera is currently charting on CMJ new world music chart.

Advance tickets to the show at $20 includes a copy of the Aventurera album!

GET TICKETS HERE >> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aventurera-album-release-show-live-tickets-21694171852

LISTEN TO AVENTURERA >> https://soundcloud.com/razteria/sets/aventurera-album

The all-star line up includes:
*DJ LEYDIS – DJ and Activist repping from Cuba to the SF Bay
/////// performances by ///////
*PASTO SECO BAND – Berkeley based South American fusion band
*RAHMAN JAMAAL, featuring RISK (Street Poetry Music)
*FYAH SQUAD BAND
*The Sister Wives of GLIDE (Jennifer Ratliff & Maureen Sauver)
*Jackeline Rago, multi-instrumentalist, bringing her sweet sounds of the cuatro from Venezuela!
//////// guest appearances by ///////
*KATA of international revolutionary party band LoCura,
*EMPRESS UNIFICATION, Irae Divine, SoL Atash, Ariel Marin, a collective of women in reggae and world music
*SENECA, lyricist of Earthamplified,
*CHATTERBOX, lyricist and puppeteer of Puppetplex
/////// and to top is all off, featured dance performance by ///////
*TANILEE AMOR’s AMOR DO SAMBA Brazilian dance troupe!

About AVENTURERA Album
Aventurera album is groundbreaking in its richness, representing the synergy of collaborations with talented independent San Francisco Bay area artists and beyond. *10 tracks (+ 2 bonus tracks), in English, Spanish and French. 90% recorded & produced at RAZTERIA’s own, Truffula Oak Studio, mixed by James Ward, of Live Oak Studio in Berkeley, and mastered by Justin Weiss of Trakworx. Two of the tunes (Change, Little Sister) were mixed at Kinyama Sounds, a Suisse based label. Aventurera is currently charting on CMJ new world music chart.

More About the artists on the line-up:

Razteria (aka Renee Asteria) + Fyah Squad Band
San Francisco, CA, based artist Razteria (aka Renee Asteria) can be described as a fusion of No Doubt, Bomba Estereo, Los Aterciopelados, Steel Pulse and Marisa Monte. Her multicultural background (born in the USA of Bolivian-Dutch heritage and raised in France) has had a profound influence on her musical journey. Performing in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese, her music has been described as ‘musically adventurous’ and ‘one of a kind, breaking all rules,’ uniting Reggae, passionate Latin grooves, Rock, powerful messages and some real musical genius.

Razteria is known for her simple yet intricate songs, her signature ethereal harmonies and fat bass-lines. Over the past ten years, Razteria, performing under both Razteria and Renee Asteria, has planted musical seeds throughout the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, and USA) and Europe (France, Switzerland). In late 2015 Razteria completed her fifth album Aventurera, which will be available as of March 18, 2016 on digital platforms worldwide and in select stores. Aventurera is currently charting on CMJ New World Music.

Fyah Squad Band
Fyah Squad Band is a Reggae, Funk, & Soul band based in the San Francisco Bay Area. They work with local artists and are one of the top as a backing bands for touring artists in the area. Founding members Waddell Bell (bassie) and Lou Neuburger (drums) are jazz trained musicians who have specialized in Reggae. Artists we currently work with: Rocker T ~ JuniorToots ~ Empress Meditations ~ Razteria ~ Messenjah Selah ~ Irae Divine ~ Sol Atash and more. Touring Artists we have backed: Wayne Wonder and more.
https://www.facebook.com/FyahSquadBand

Pasto Seco Band
Pasto Seco Band is a Latin American dance band pulling from traditional central, south american and caribbean styles like Cumbia, Mambo, Saya and Salsa to bring people together in celebration. They play wild abandon, lots of horns, drums and percussion, plus accordion, guitar and bass. Based in the San Francisco East Bay, they have an all-star 14 member band, who hail from Chile, Colombia, US, Mexico, Cuba and Argentina. Through various community partnerships they work with youth helping to expose them to the richness of Latin American culture.

Pasto Seco Band has blessed the stage at many prominent SF bay area venues bringing the dance party wherever they go. Pasto Seco Band is currently in process of process of producing their first album.
http://www.pastosecoband.com/

Jackeline Rago
A multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer and educator who specializes in Venezuelan Folk-Music as well as music from other countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Jackeline began playing music at the age of four. Prior to moving to the United States, she spent years studying the Folk-Venezuelan “Cuatro” (…) In addition to her Cuatro and mandolin expertise, Rago is an accomplished percussionist and vocalist.

Jackeline Rago is the artistic and musical director of the “Venezuelan Music Project” (Venezuelan Folk music, www.venezuelanmusicproject.com) and a founding member of the”VNote Ensemble” (formerly The Snake Trio, www.vnotensemble.com), bands which she travels and performs with in an ongoing basis. She was also a founding member of “Altazor” (Nueva Canción ensemble),” Wild Mango” (world beat music), “Keith Terry & Crosspulse” (world percussion) and “Trio Altamira”.
http://vnoteensemble.com/about-us/

DJ Leydis
DJ Leydis was born and raised in Cuba. Involved in the Cuban HIP HOP movement since it’s inception, DJ Leydis helped organized some of the country’s most respected and attended events and community programs. In 2005, she co-founded Omegas Kilay. A Hip-Hop Theater Collective in Havana Cuba, Omegas Kilay focused on presenting the poetry, music, experiences and perspectives of artists such as DJ Yari, Danay Suarez, Nono, La LLave De IPG, La Negra, and Las Krudas.

Along with her partner DJ Yari, DJ Leydis created the first all female DJ Mixtape in Cuba, contributing a special blend of new flavor and spirit to the international community. In addition, she performed across Cuba as the official Spoken Word Artist of Rande Acosta’s Platos Rosa.

DJ Leydis has also been a featured subject of critically acclaimed and groundbreaking documentaries such as Inventos: Hip Hop Cubano, Jovenes Rebeldes y Mi Revolution, and continues to be an keynote speaker on the subject of Cuban Hip-Hop Culture.

In 2006, DJ Leydis migrated to United States to expand upon her work as a DJ. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she has worked with Erykah Badu, Quest Love of the Roots, and other iconic American artists. Presently working on tour with Los Rakas & Las Krudas, DJ Leydis combines contemporary hits with an distinct fusion of Latin flavors, R&B classics and Roots Reggae blends.
www.losrokas.com www.laskrudas.com

Rahman Jamaal + Risk, Street Poetry Music
Rahman Jamaal is a performing artist, emcee, musician, actor, and educator who first debuted in the 2003 Sundance Film Festival as the star of the movie “The Beat”. Rahman Jamaal performs for Rondavoux Records, the San Jose-based rap group Projekt S.E.E.R., and the Redwood City-based funk/rock tribute band Blood Sugar Sex Machine. He works with musicians and youth in the Bay Area as founder of the Rap Force Academy, and nationally as the Executive Director of Hip Hop Congress. He also works with organization such as with The Riekes Center for Human Enhancement, The Bring It Back Tour, The Hip Hop Chess Federation, Performing Arts Workshop, StoryTeller Project, and All-Star Karate Center. In 2014, he won the Lennon Award for Hip Hop in the International John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC).

Risk, a native of São Paulo, Brazil born seven years after the end of the Brazilian military dictatorship in 1985, became a Portuguese-English translator before he moved to the United States in 2009 on a scholarship to play basketball. He recorded his first studio track “Hidden Words” at the Riekes Center for Human Enhancement after meeting Rahman Jamaal in 2013. Risk & Rahman Jamaal released Street Poetry Music Vol 1. in 2015 produced by the New York composer-producer, Bosch.

http://www.streetpoetrymusic.com/
http://youtube.com/user/hiphoppa13
http://facebook.com/rahmanjamaal
http://www.rapforceacademy.com/
http://www.hiphopcongress.com/

Kata of LoCura
Direct from San Francisco’s fertile music scene, LoCura taps into the diverse sounds that have a rich history in the Bay Area, weaving them together in an uncanny way to reveal their common roots. Mixing Flamenco with Reggae and Cumbia with Ska through contagious rhythms and multiple languages, their music takes you on a ride through a day in the emerging globalized experience where the movement of people and ideas are in constant flux. Reflecting lead vocalist Kata’s own experience of growing up Spanish American in Spain, Italy, and the U.S., LoCura’s music rides the borders of identity and migration piecing together a mosaic of our myriad cultures and experiences. In Spain the expression “Ida y Vuelta” is used to describe certain styles within Flamenco that made a “round-trip” from Spain to Latin America, mixing with music from the African slave and Indigenous populations. With this idea of music traveling and music as creative resistance, LoCura takes the trip back again mixing it up with their own Califas Flamenkito, Reggae, and Cuban Son styles. Moved by the music that crosses borders and takes root in different lands, LoCura draws from this creative ‘rebelde’ spirit to cultivate the cures passed on from our ancestors.

Seneca of Earthamplified
Raised in Florida, lyricist, singer producer and Dancehall artist Seneca Schachter has made the Bay Area home since 2003 And has been rocking stages since 2000. He has always combined activism and Hip Hop culture to uplift and entertain! He has also established himself as a prolific producer, working with such artists as Myka 9, Dead prez And Bicasso. He is a long time member of the Jazz Mafia and Earth Amplified, touring the Jazz festival circuit and performing over 500 times. He also is a Member of Hip Hop for Change and ROTC hosting every few months at ROTC’s weekly cypher at the Boom Boom Room. He has shared stages with Stevie wonder, Mos Def , Chali Tuna , Will.i.am, Lyrics Born and many more!! Look out for his next project “The Wheel” an ode to real And raw Hip Hop of the 90’s Simple Beats and rhymes. Earthamplified.com

Chatterbox
Sirraum Nash aka Chatterbox was born and raised in the South Bay Peninsula of the San Francisco Bay Area in CA. He developed a knack for writing & composition at a very young age beginning to write words in rhyme and poetry at age 7. At age 13, he began to hone his lyrical improvisation skills. In the early 2000’s he became a founding member of Jazz Funk Hiphop band, Precise Device. Since 2009 he has been an integral member of the Big Tadoo Puppet Crew & The PuppetPlex, based out of Berkeley, CA. He currently uses beat boxing, singing, character voice acting and Emcee skills for environmental activism, food and social justice issues, for adult and children’s entertainment.
www.facebook.com/chatterboxed
https://soundcloud.com/chatterboxed www.facebook.com/puppetplex

Tanilee Amor, Amor Do Samba
Tanilee Amor is founder and Artistic Director of Amor Do Samba Entertainment, a samba dance company established in 2011 and currently showcasing the best of San Francisco’s Afro-Latin dance and music talent. Tanilee studied dance at UCLA (Cum Laude) with a specialization in Afro – Latin dance and art as a social change agent. She extensively studied Afro-Latin dance forms in Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Belize. While living in Mexico, she performed Samba, Cumbia and Afro-Merengue with Origines Dance Company taking first place in Teatro de Cancun competition.

Amor Do Samba Entertainment is a world class San Francisco based samba dance and music entertainment company dedicated to promoting Afro-Latin music and dance through the performing arts. Deeply rooted in San Francisco’s cultural diversity we offer samba dance shows to live bands including genres such as Bossa Nova, Batucada Samba, Samba Reggae, Axe, Salsa and more!
http://www.amordosamba.com/

Aventurera album

AVENTURERA – Official Birth today! Lanzado hoy! Sortie aujourd’hui!

*My baby #5 *Mi bebe #5 *Mon bebe #5 … ‪‎AVENTURERA‬ … de Razteria / Renee Asteria – Official Birth today! lanzado hoy! sortie aujourd’hui!

Just in time for Spring! Justo a tiempo para honorar la primavera! Pour celebre le debut du Printemps! 

Hear it – Escuche – Ecoute 

https://soundcloud.com/razteria/sets/aventurera-album

Purchase on asteriarecords.bandcamp.com
itunes.apple.com/us/album/aventur…1l3Iq&app=itunes

This album is so rich as it represents the synergy of many beautiful talented musicians!

La riqueza de este album representa la sinergia de varios músicos talentosos!

La richesse de cet album represent la synergie de plusieurs musiciens talentueux 

  • Sang Matiz Yuriza Jared Eddie Cabezas Clark Seal Jesus Martinez on title track #1 Aventurera,
  • Rahman Jamaal on #2 Change #6 Once again #12
  • Fyah Squad Band, Waddell Bell Louis Neuburger Raliegh Neal Luke Thomas on #3 Life, #5 Little Sister,
  • Seneca Schachter & Sirraum Nash (Chatterbox) on #4 Take my hand,
  • Carolyn Smith on #7 Zone & #11 Can’t touch,
  • Jay Sweeta drumz on #1,4 6,7
  • Dave Eagle percussion #3,4,8 Thankful, 9 The World,10 Winds,11 Can’t Touch,
  • Joe Newton drumz on #10, 11,
  • Anthony Ant trumpet on #6,8,9,11.
  • Truffula Oak Studio recording, grabacion, enregistrement.
  • Mixing talents – la mezcla – le mixage = James Ward of Live Oak Recording Studio & Nicolas Duboux / Kinyama sounds on #2 Change, #5 Little Sister,
  • Mastering – masterizacion – le master Justin Weiss Trakworx Studio
  • Art Cako Oki Keiko Okisada,
  • Distribution by Independent Distribution Collective,
  • Radio promo The Planetary Group (recently topped on CMJ New World Music chart at #15) 

33 days till spring, Razteria seeks to raise $33,000 using Kickstarter to fund 5th album Aventurera & Truffula Oak studio

*Excited to announce official launch of AVENTURERA Kickstarter campaign! 33 days left being 33 years old, 33 days to raise $33,000* Can you help? Thank You! Merci Beaucoup! Gracias!

San Francisco bay based eclectic independent music producer Razteria is reaching out to fans to help fund the two interwoven projects, the production and marketing of new album Aventurera and development of Truffula Oak recording studio. In addition to Razteria’s discography & album release concert tickets, backers can choose from tailored recording and music production sessions at her own studio, and a line of merchandise which is ethical, environmentally friendly and healing. From organic cotton Fair-Trade T-shirts, to a line of essential oil based body care products by Berkeley based SoL Essence Oils, there is something for everyone. Ten percent of proceeds are being donated to a non-governmental organization Helping Refugees in Jordan (HRJ).

Click Razteria’s Kickstarter Campaign

RAZTERIA, a fusion of No Doubt, Bomba Estereo and Marisa Monte, who breaks musical boundaries and sings in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese, has been preparing the release of her 5th independently produced album Aventurera which drops March 18th, 2016 online and instore. Just debuting on the CMJ New World chart February 2016, the album shows great promise.

About the Aventurera Album

The Aventurera album consists of 10 tracks (+ 2 bonus tracks), crossing between English, Spanish and French. It is to be released to honor spring (March 18, 2016), and symbolizes rebirth. This album is groundbreaking in its richness, representing the synergy of collaborations with talented independent SF Bay artists and beyond.

Aventurera Track Listing

1) AVENTURERA, fuses sweet South American sounds and rhythms together with a flavor of reggaeton, representing the intertwining of cultures, bringing together the talents of Razteria and Yuriza Jared from Afro-peruvian funk band Sang Matiz. http://soundcloud.com/razteria/aventurera

2) CHANGE, a trilingual crossover track, is a collaboration between Razteria and Rahman Jamaal, two contrasting musical artists, who bring world music, rock and hiphop together. The music calls for the need to revolutionize our current mind-state as we hold the power to change, without fear. Change is the only constant in Life. http://soundcloud.com/razteria.com/change

3) LIFE, the oldest track on the record, recorded with Fyah Squad Band, was written 11 years ago, and has finally melted into its first published form, fusing haunting vocals with a tribal beat and 80’s rock. This song’s theme is ageless, calling us to never give up and take on life in all of its forms.

4) TAKE MY HAND, a funk rock ballad about wishing that the other could see inside your mind, bypassing the misunderstandings that come as a result of the imperfections of communicating through language or the misinterpretation of one’s actions. It features two Bay area based lyricists, Seneca Schachter and Chatterbox .

5) LITTLE SISTER, is a lively reggae-pop tune emanating the importance of nurturing relationships, mentorship and love. This is Razteria’s a personal message to her younger sisters and nieces.

6) ONCE AGAIN, is an odd cross of funk and rock with a rap by Rahman Jamaal and drums by Jayme Arredondo. Razteria’s favorite on the album representing her wish to live to see, hear and feel loved ones all over the world, once again.

7) ZONE, a jam trippy track extracted from a Halloween night jam session together with pianist and songwriter Carolyn Smith.

8) THANKFUL is a simple spiritual song of praise, in the same thematic vein of Gracias a la Vida by revolutionary folk songwriter Violeta Parra.

9) WORLD is a positively melancholic track which emanates tragic beauty, juxtaposition of the contrasting struggles of so many in this world, with the beauty of this world. It calls for us to recognize and share our lives in solidarity.

10) WINDS

11) CANT’ TOUCH

12) ONCE AGAIN (bonus vocal mix) is a powerful yet ethereal mix featuring a Razteria’s signature harmonies and Rahman Jamaal’s rap. The harmonies are reminiscent of Queen.

Aventurera Recording & Production

Aventurera was 90% recorded & produced at Razteria’s Truffula Oak Studio, which she is raising funds to finish. The studio has been progressively built over the past 3 years with sound engineer Josh Petersen and the Big Tadoo Puppet Crew. It is currently up and running with a minimum recording gear to do quality recordings.

Where does the name come from?

Nestled in an old growth of live oak trees up hidden in El Sobrante Hills, the name “Truffula” symbolizes a more general goal of sustainability with the imagery of the Truffula tree, the central focus in Dr. Seuss’s 1971 environmentally themed children’s book “The Lorax”. A powerful tale which is more relevant now than ever before, the dire need to conserve the earth’s precious and finite natural resources. The studio is currently 100% solar powered and Razteria is working towards having a food forest and full grey water system. Check out http://www.theloraxproject.net for ideas on how to spread the message of the Lorax.

About the Rewards

Razteria has made it priority to offer ethical and environmentally friendly gifts to backers in appreciation of their donations. She worked closely with Berkeley based Sol Essence Oils to develop essential oil healing products which match the messages in the songs “Life” (Cheer blend), “Change” (Passion blend), “Take my hand” (Serenity blend) and “the World” (Wild Orange oil).


In choosing to use only Fair-Trade textiles, Razteria is emphasizing the importance of the movement. She states: “In this day and age, even more powerful then the vote, each consumer choice we make determines the fate of millions all over the world. Fair Trade provides a framework whereby there is a more direct link between consumers and producers, more of the money that we spend on a given product, gets to those who actually make it. This is the first time in my music career that I have ever produced merchandise, and it is a no brainer for me that it has to be Fair Trade.” Razteria is sourcing shirts from HAE NOW which stands for Humans, Animals & Environment NOW. https://www.haenow.com

 

Click here for Razteria’s Kickstarter Campaign