San Francisco, CA, based artist Razteria (aka Renée Asteria) can be described as a fusion of No Doubt and Bomba Estéreo. Her multicultural roots (Bolivia/Netherlands) are reflected in her music, as she crosses musical genres with powerful messages in multiple languages. Over the past decade, Razteria has planted musical seeds throughout the Americas and Europe.
Razteria just completed an 8-month long international production tour bringing talent from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, USA, France and Switzerland together on material for 2 stylistically distinct albums to be released 2017-2018. In addition to working on her own music, she is helping produce and arrange songs by Edy Flores, (aka Yhedi Yhedi) a young Bolivian hip hop artist she met while volunteering at EnsenArte (NGO) in Cochabamba, BOL.
The year 2016 was filled with blessings, notably, with the release of Razteria’s fifth album Aventurera (March 18, 2016) which received great reviews nationally and internationally. It charted on CMJ New World Music Top 40 and the song Once Again, which Razteria wrote together with rapper Rahman Jamaal, won Grand Prize (World Category) in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest 2016.
Since 2013 Razteria has been a part of Empress Unification, a collective of Bay Area female artists highlighting the works and messages of female artists who perform Reggae and World music in five different languages (English, Farsi, French, Portuguese and Spanish). Empress Unification was featured on San Francisco’s Undercover presents “Exodus” by Bob Marley (2015) for which Razteria arranged the lead and harmony vocals.
Razteria has opened for and performed with Grammy award winning Reggae artist Michael Rose, popular UK/JA lover’s rock Lloyd Brown, The Garifuna Collective from Belize and others. Noteworthy performances include Reggae on the River, World One Festival, World Fest Los Angeles, Northwest World Reggae Festival and the Montreal Jazz festival, to name a few.
In early 2015, Razteria founded Truffula Oak Studio in El Sobrante, California, a 100% solar powered recording studio, barter-based / low-cost space for aspiring artists. She produces and engineers most of her music, making her part of the 1% of the female producer-engineers.
2016 AVENTURERA (album), Asteria Records https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/aventurera/id1089674688
2016 Aventurera (single), Asteria Records
2016 Change (single), Asteria Records
2015 Little Sister (single), Asteria Records
2015 Exodus (single), Undercover presents
2015 Sun is shining (single), Mujeres que cantan a Bob Marley (album), Spiritual Reggae (Argentina)
2013 MAZ RAZ (album), Asteria Records
2012 Addicted/There is no End (vinyl single/mp3), Asteria Records
2010 RAZTERIA (album), Asteria Records
2007 CARAS DE AGENTE DOBLE E / Faces of Agent Double E (album), Asteria Records http://cdbaby.com/asteria2
2005 Renée Asteria (debut album), Asteria Records, 2005
Official Website http://razteria.com
Facebook Razteria http://facebook.com/razteria
Razteria is honored to have had the opportunity to work with musicians from all over the world!
Band Members & Musician collaborators
Recent projects in production (2017) include collaborations with groups, musicians and engineers across the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, USA). Emje Rose (Barranquilla) Surativa (Bogota) Kalimba Reggae (San Miguel, Prov. Buenos Aires) Lucas Rochaix, Matias Martyn, Celeste y Las Mil Jarillas (Buenos Aires) Edy Flores (Yhedi yhedi, Cochabamba) Prana (La Paz) (more tba)
Since 2016 she has reunited forces with SF Bay Area drummer Jayme Arredondo (drummer on “Once Again” JLSC winner 2016), who is co-producer on her next 2 albums. She also works with she has been working with the Fyah Squad Band, with Waddell Bell on bass and Lou Neuburger on drums, recording her last 2 albums with these masters of rhythm and bass who have backed many artists.
Musicians who have recorded or performed with Razteria
Vocalists: Maureen Sarver, Jennifer Ratliff, EMJE ROSE, Godelive, Raw-G, Madeline Tasquin, Ariel Gravely, Anna Molter, Veronica McWoodson, Lisa Krepela, Fabiana Fiorilo, Ricardo Cox
Drums: Jayme Arredondo (Don Carlos), Lou Neuburger (Fyah Squad), John Flaherty, Laurence Qualls, Eddie Arnold (7th street band), Pablo Prosello (Univerzoo)
Percussion: Dave Eagle, Paulo Presotto, Maxi Sotelo
Bass: Waddell Bell (Fyah Squad), Danny McCaffrey, Julian Paul, Gonzalo Goitia (Univerzoo), Gonzalo Estevez, Pedro Olecese, Pedro Irusta, Jeff Drudge, Mykhal Compton, Mathieu Lefevre
Guitar: Luke Thomas (Eenik), Paris King, Max Delaney, Josh Petersen, Adley Penner (Antioquia, Bicicletas), Dan Tino, Federico Mocchegiani (Univerzoo), Matias Brunel, Diego Frederico Solé, Lucas Detone, Jesse Engel, Nick Santana, Vince Black, Jamel Boutria
Keys: Raleigh Neil (Michael Franti & Spearhead), Isaac Ho, Darren Batara, Joe Bressler (Riddimbank), Matias Martyn (Univerzoo), German Alvarez, Carolyn Smith, Eric Toussaint (Judah Tribe)
Brass section: Trombone: Jeannie Geiger, Rob Ewing, Trumpet: Alejo Hernandez, Rahman Jamaal McCreadie, Mike Olmos, Saxophone: Tony Peebles, Anthony Dellavalle
Flute: Adolfo Schmidt, Eddie Jara
Co-producers: Ebb Deezy, Matias Martyn (Univerzoo), Waddell Bell (Fyah Squad)
Engineers/Studios: James Ward (Live Oak Studio, recording (R), mixing (M)), Josh Petersen (R), Matias Martyn (Univerzoo, R/M), DeBonete Studio (R), Julirecords (R), Carlos Lucena (R), Shine on Studio (technical support), King Hopeton (M), TrakWorx (mastering) Chafirete studios (R, M), Arbol Naranja (R), AFROMUSIC Studios (R, M)
(1) Chuck Foster, Reggae Update, KPFK 90.7 FM Los-Angeles, CA