“Once Again” by Razteria & Rahman Jamaal just won Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest!

“ONCE AGAIN” just won Grand prize in session I (World Music) of the John Lennon Songwriting contest! We move on to the next step which is an online voting contest then becomes eligible for Song of the Year 2016!!

To all contestants of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest: Session I, 2016 Grand Prize Winners and Finalists have been announced at www.jlsc.com! You can listen to all of the winning entries now.

http://jlsc.com/winners/2016a/winners.php

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.

 

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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) 
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Bay Area Based Latin-Rock-Reggae Artist Razteria to Release Two Singles and Videos Ahead of the March 18th, 2016 Worldwide Release of her 5th Album, “Aventurera”

For Immediate Release – San Francisco, California – Razteria (aka Renée Asteria) can be described as a fusion of early No Doubt, Steel Pulse, Los Aterciopelados, and Marisa Monte.  She is releasing her 5th full-length album, Aventurera, worldwide through her own Asteria Records on March 18th, 2016, honoring spring. The album’s first two singles and videos, Aventurera and Change, will be released on digital platforms January 15th and 22nd 2016, respectively. The album calls out to the adventurer in each one of us to go beyond what we know, reach into the unknown, and challenge ourselves to grow. This theme is woven into a concept across all 12 tracks, with each song being part of the “Aventurera’s” story.  “The Adventurer” is each of us, in one form or another.

Razteria’s 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. She is known for her fat bass-lines, her simple yet intricate songs, and her signature ethereal harmonies. Over the past ten years Razteria, performing under both Razteria and Renée Asteria, has planted musical seeds throughout the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, and USA) and Europe (France, Switzerland).

Aventurera was recorded & produced at Razteria’s own Truffula Oak Studio. The studio’s name comes from being nestled in an old growth of live oak trees hidden in El Sobrante Hills, CA, and symbolizes a goal of sustainability with the imagery of the Truffula tree (the central focus in Dr. Seuss’s environmentally themed classic “The Lorax”). This album is groundbreaking in its richness, showcasing a collaborative synergy with talented independent artists from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.  Artists featured on Aventurera include: Sang Matiz, Rahman Jamaal, Carolyn Smith, Chatterbox, Seneca, as well as Waddell Bell and Lou Neuburger (bass and drums, Fyah Squad Band), Raliegh Neal (keys, Michael Franti and Spearhead), Jayme Arredondo (drums, Don Carlos), Joe Newton (drums), Anthony Ant (trumpet), Dave Eagle (percussion), and Luke Thomas (guitar).  Once the basic tracks were completed, James Ward of Live Oak Studio (Girl on Fire’s Alicia Keys, Will Smith, Beyonce/Destiny’s Child), with whom Razteria has been working for the past 9 years, helped her take the mixes to the final level, and Justin Weiss of Trakworx (Zion I, The Coup, Papa Roach, Chuchito Valdes & Eddy Navia) mastered the album. Two of the songs (Change and Little Sister) were mixed at Kinyama Sounds (Rootwords), a Suisse based label.

Razteria released her debut album Renée Asteria in 2005, produced on 2-inch tape at Closer Studios in San Francisco.  In 2007, while working as a research assistant for the University of Buenos Aires, Razteria met Argentinian producer Matias Martyn (Univerzoo). They produced her first Reggae-infused, bilingual (Spanish/English) album, Faces of Agent Double E / Caras de Agente Doble E.  Her next album, RazteRia, featured vocals, music and lyrics by Razteria, vocals by Godelive (an upcoming Congolese American singer), and musicians Waddell Bell (bass), Lou Neuburger (drums), Joe Bressler (keyboards), Luke Thomas (guitar), and a feature by Oakland based Mexican rap artist Raw-G on the remix Risk. Razteria’s senior album, Maz Raz, was recorded and mixed at Live Oak Studio in Berkeley CA, (Destiny’s Child; Tony Toni Tone; Too Short), and began to chart on the CMJ New World Chart in August 2015.  Razteria’s most recently released single was Little Sister, a lively pop-reggae tune that is the fruit of an international collaboration between Kinyama Sounds (Geneva, Switzerland) and Live Oak Studio (Berkeley, CA).

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 the Montreal Jazz Festival, Reggae on the River, World One Festival, Northwest World Reggae Festival, and World Fest Los Angeles, to name a few. Her music has been featured on MTV’s True Life series as well as a few independent films.

On January 23, 2016 at the Ashkenaz in Berkeley, CA, Razteria, Sang Matiz, & Rahman Jamaal will present their new singles, Aventurera and Change, for the first time live in concert.  Aventurera, the title track from Razteria’s new album, blends South American sounds w/a flavor of Reggaeton, intertwining talents of Yuriza Jared (Sang Matiz) and Razteria.

Since 2013 Razteria has been a part of Empress Unification, a collective of Bay Area female artists who perform Reggae and World music in five different languages (English, Farsi, French, Portuguese, and Spanish), backed by The Fyah Squad Band.  The purpose of the collective is to highlight the works and messages of female artists advocating peace, love and unity, as well as to raise funds and collect donations for local women’s charities. The collective consists of Irae Divine, Razteria, Sol Atash, and Ariel Marin. In April 2015, as part of the UnderCover Presents production of Bob Marley’s “Exodus” album, Empress Unification & The Fyah Squad Band recorded the title track Exodus at Fantasy Studios, for which Razteria arranged and recorded the vocals and harmonies.

On Aventurera, Razteria is reinventing herself, branching out musically, learning to let go by releasing memories, and sharing her life lessons.  She believes that there is something on this album that everyone will be able to make their own, relating to the messages embedded within the soundscapes of these songs.  Razteria says “It’s the Aventurera who goes beyond the known, the comfort Zone, and is able to grasp, and be thankful for, the beauty of the unknown: the changes and challenges of Life.”

Aventurera Single: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/aventurera-single

Change Single: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/change-single

For Music Samples or to pre-order the album “Aventurera” please visit: asteriarecords.bandcamp.com

For Interview Requests please contact Billy James/Glass Onyon PR: glassonyonpr@gmail.com or 828-350-8158

For Bookings and Management please contact Amanda Amid/Royal Management: theroyalmgmt@gmail.com or 415-878-6468

Empress Meditations – Women for Peace Tour 2013

Razteria is honored to be a part of Empress Meditations 2013 Women for Peace Tour – http://empressmeditations.com 

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Women for Peace Tour – The purpose of Empress Meditations is to highlight the works and message of conscious female artists in reggae, world music and beyond, while raising money/contributions for charity.

This year we are supporting A Safe Place http://asafeplacedvs.org/ – a non-profit organization providing shelter and resources to victims of domestic violence. Visit http://empressmeditations.com for a list of items you can bring to shows to donate.

Mission
OUR MISSION – The purpose of Empress Meditations is to highlight the works and message of conscious female artists in reggae, world music and beyond, while raising money/contributions for charity. The theme of Empress Meditations 2013 Tour is ‘Women for Peace’ and will give voice to female artists who have championed the message of peace, love and unity, by hosting a series of concerts and events in Northern California starting in the month of March 2013, International Women’s Month.

 

Individual Artists:
Irae Divine – www.IraeDivine.com
Razteria – www.Razteria.com
Queen Makedah – www.QueenMakedah.com
Sol Atash – www.SolAtash.com

Band: Fyah Squad Band –www.facebook.com/FyahSquadBand

 

 

FEB 28th Show: Razteria, Sang Matiz & Amor do Samba with special appearance by Empress Meditations

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Razteria, Sang Matiz & Amor do Samba with special appearance by Empress Meditations

International Bay-area based bands Razteria & Sang Matiz join forces with Amor do Samba dance group, bringing reggae, afro-peruvian-brazilian funk beats and afro-latin dance to the East Bay. The show will start with an afro-latin dance workshop by Tanilee Amor plus special appearance by Empress Meditations!

Tickets 
$10 (presale/student) / 12 (door) – ALL AGES!

8 pm doors
830 pm Afro-latin Dance workshop with Tanilee Amor
9 pm Sang Matiz
10 pm Razteria with special appearance by Empress Meditations

The Performers:

Razteria
http://razteria.com/
http://www.facebook.com/reneeasteriamusic
Razteria = fusion of Steel Pulse, early No Doubt and Sade. Her music unites Reggae, passionate Latin grooves and Rock, powerful messages and musical genius. Razteria just released her senior album “Maz Raz” (http://cdbaby.com/cd/razteria3)

Sang Matiz
http://sangmatiz.com/
http://www.facebook.com/sangmatizband
Sang Matiz is a collective group of musicians that started in early 2008. The name is a combination of two words: Sang, meaning blood in French and Matiz, meaning “Harmonious Mixture” in Spanish. Sang matiz is taking a journey to South America focusing on Afro-Brazilian & Afro- Peruvian Rhythms for this Show. Sang Matiz just released their debut album!

Amor do Samba – director Tanilee Amor
http://www.amordosamba.com/
Amor do Samba is a dance company dedicated to promoting Brazilian Samba and Afro-Latin music and dance. Amor Do Samba’s mission is to spread the love of life through dance and music with every show!

Empess Meditations
http://empressmeditations.com/
http://facebook.com/EmpressMeditations
Empress Meditations highlights the works of conscious female artists in reggae, world music and beyond. Empress Meditations 2013 features Queen Makedah, Irae Divine, Razteria & Sol Atash who will be giving us a special preview of what they will be sharing with the world during their ‘Women for Peace’ Tour 2013 set for March – International Women’s Month.

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

RAZTERIA

Razteria can be described as a Fusion of early No Doubt and Sade. Her music unites Reggae, passionate Latin grooves and Rock, powerful messages and musical genius. Described as “musically adventurous” and “a one of a kind breaking of all rules” (C. Foster, Reggae Update, getthebeat.com), Razteria’s songwriting reflects her passion and strong commitment to justice.

2013 MAZ RAZ Album

Since the summer of 2011, Razteria has been producing/recording her 2013 album at Live Oak Studio, Berkeley (Destiny’s Child; Tony Toni Tone; Too Short). The album features an eclectic mixture of originals and covers including “Where is my mind” by the rock band The Pixies, “Chorando se Foi” (Lambada) by Bolivian folk group Los Kjarkas and “There is no End” by the legendary roots-reggae band The Abysinnians. Check out the album MAZ RAZ, released Jan. 19th 2013 – http://cdbaby.com/cd/razteria3.

Renée Asteria has opened for international acts such as grammy award winning reggae artist Michael Rose and popular UK/JA lover’s rock Lloyd Brown, as well as national touring artists Mystic Roots, Caribbean All-Stars and Taj Weekes & Adowa. In 2008 she performed at The Montreal Jazz Festival as a featured artist of local band The Dub & the Restless. Other noteworthy performances include venues throughout the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, USA) and Europe (France, Switzerland). Her music has been licensed by MTV shows and independent films.

DISCOGRAPHY

MAZ RAZ, Asteria Records, 2013 (Jan 19 2013) http://cdbaby.com/cd/razteria3
Addicted/There is no End (vinyl single), Asteria Records, 2012
Addicted (mp3, single), Asteria Records, 1/21/12, cdbaby.com/razteria2
RazteRia, Asteria Records, 2010, cdbaby.com/cd/reneeasteria
Faces of Agent Double E, Asteria Records, 2007, cdbaby.com/asteria2
Renee Asteria (debut), Asteria Records, 2005

SANG MATIZ

“Sang Matiz” is a Latin Fusion band that was formed in early 2008. The name is a combination of two words: Sang, meaning blood in French and Matiz, meaning “Harmonious Mixture” in Spanish. The band adopted this name because of the diverse cultural and musical backgrounds of its members. The Band has fearlessly fused traditional sounds of Peru with Rumba Flamenca, Afro-Brazilian rhythms like Samba Funk and Reggae along with modern touches of R&B/HipHop.

Back in 2007 Yuriza Jared was playing with a traditional Flamenco Band called “Cascada” based in Santa Rosa, California when she met Eddie Cabezas Flamenco/Latin Guitarist but in spite of Cascada band had been signed to a record label, Yuriza decided to quite and start the beginning sound of Sang Matiz with Eddie Cabezas(all original music) in early 2008.

Later in 2009 the duo moved to San Francisco, California where they met Cata Atria (singer/dancer) and Johny major (drummer) changing the sound to a more Latin/Indie feel. In 2010 Chicho Espinosa (bass player) decided to join part time and add Funk to the mix.

In the process of transformation, Sang Matiz gained world music styles & rhythms trying to fuse them together to send a message of United Cultures. While in the search for musicians who share the same passion, in late 2010 Sang Matiz met Miriam Speyer (Singer Song writer/Bass player) who helped with composing ideas and Bass lines; She introduced a more Pop/Jazz sound to the band.

Right after that in 2011, Joe Castellanos joined the band to push the sound into a more Funk/R&B direction. As a quartet: Miriam, Joe, Eddie and Yuri started playing around the Bayarea & Sonoma County when they met Maya Finlay Sound Engeneer/Musican who joined to play keyboard & Cabaquinho and decided to Record Sang Matiz’s first Official Album having won a Recording Grant with Womens Audio Mision.

At that point we realized we wanted to integreate more percussion to our mix, so we asked Braulio Barrera (Percussionist) to join the band & bring in Afro-Peruvian rhythms, wich we fused with electronic sounds.

To close the book Jesus Martinez and Clark Seal decided to join and colaborate by recording in our Album adding traditional brazilian percussion to the mix.

Currently, we just finished our Debut Album with Maya Finlay at Womens Audio Mission to finally say, “We got the right Fusion Music to share with the world.”

TANILEE AMOR & AMOR DO SAMBA:

Tanilee Amor is founder and artistic director of Amor Do Samba, a dance company established in 2011 and performing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tanilee studied dance at UCLA with a specialization in Afro – Latin dance and art as a social change agent. She has studied Afro-Latin dance in Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Belize. After performing with San Francisco companies and training under Maisa Duke of Energia Do Samba and Lalo Izquierdo of Peru Negro, Tanilee started Amor Do Samba. Tanilee holds a Masters in Public Administration and International Management.

Amor Do Samba is a dance company dedicated to promoting Brazilian Samba and Afro-Latin music and dance. Amor Do Samba’s mission is to spread the love of life through dance and music with every show!

EMPRESS MEDITATIONS:

As Empress Menen so beautifully quoted, women have a special role to play in orchastrating peace in family, community and nation. Empress Meditations is a dynamic showcase featuring conscious female artists in reggae and world music, whose works champion the message of peace, justice and unity. This year’s Empress Meditations Tour – ‘Women for Peace’ – will feature Queen Makedah (www.queenmakedah.com), Irae Divine (www.iraedivine.com), Renee Asteria (www.razteria.com) and Sol Atash backed by the Fyah Squad band.

QUEEN MAKEDAH – Spreading Peace through voice, thrilled the crowd with charisma and vocal bravado, infusing R&B, soul and gospel into the traditional reggae grooves, while delivering music that is accessible and danceable.’ OREGON MUSIC NEWS (NWRF). Since touring the US, Queen Makedah has inspired thousands of festival goers, sharing the stage with Rootz Underground, Groundtion, Bambu Station, Sister Carol, Don Carlos, and many more! Of her live show, United Reggae Magazine said ‘Queen Makedah and her all star band embodied the spirit of the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival; conscious music artists representing influences from all corners of the globe, simmering together on a common ground and bubbling over with all-goodness…’

IRAE DIVINE – Some know Irae Divine as the steady harmony vocalist along side powerhouse reggae artists like Messenjah Selah, Chezidek and Junior Toots in his recent East Coast tour. Others recognize her as a rising star amongst conscious female reggae vocalists. A dynamic singer songwriter in her own right, Irae Divine won a Laney College’s songwriting contest for her song ‘Young Queens.’ Collaborating with the production skills of Urban Reggae Godfada Rankin Scroo, Irae’s music is rising to the top, with raw lyrical expressions over fresh reggae riddims that infuse urban hip hop into contemporary reggae grooves. Irae Divine’s talents have blessed the stage of Reggae on the River, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Seattle Hemp Festival Reggae on the River, Brooklyn Arts Music Festival, The Bob Fest (HI) and many more.

SOL ATASH which literally translates to “sun fire” (sol=sun in Spanish, atash=fire in Farsi), is definitely bringing the heat on the reggae scene. Not only is she representing for women, she is one of very few who sings conscious reggae songs in Farsi, which is the native langue of Iran. She has a very calm, loving and peaceful presence and the recent collaboration with Junior Toots is where she showcases that through her lyrics and performance! Sol Atash has shared the stage with Toots & The Maytals, Luciano, The Wailers, Sister Carol, Anthony B, Junior Toots, Prezident Brown, Bambu station, & more.

RAZTERIA described above