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*Change* Music Video Out!

I am so excited to present *Change* Music Video a Juku Kobo Production, a trilingual world/hip hop crossover single in collaboration with Rahman Jamaal. Shot in the East Bay and San Francisco in November 2015, it was an honor and privilege to have had the opportunity to work on the set with director Keiko Okisada and DP Hitoshi Inoue and the amazing crew, Carolyn Smith, Deonta Arnold, Alex Zajicek, and Kaeli Antrim. I hope that you enjoy!

CHANGE
AVENTURERA (album 3.18.2016)
by Renée Asteria/Razteria (RA) & Rahman Jamaal (RJ)

Cast
Renée Asteria
Rahman Jamaal

Production Crew
Keiko Okisada: Director & Editor
Hitoshi Inoue : DP
Deonta Marino: Gaffer
Alex Zajicek: Gaffer
Carolyn Smith: PA
Kaeli Antrim: Make up

MUSIC PRODUCTION

Music, production, arrangement, recording and editing (RA). Vocals (RA, RJ), all instruments (RA).
Mix by Kinyama Sounds (Nicolas Duboux)/ Live Oak Studio (James Ward) /Truffula Oak Studio (RA).
Additional recording at La Forge (Kirby Bivans).
Mastered at TrakWorx (Justin Weiss).

LYRICS
Change / Cambio / le Changement
by Renée Asteria Peñaloza & Rahman Jamaal McCreadie 2016

(translation)

Intro (English)
Change a coming
The only constant in life is the Change a coming
Don’t don’t be afraid of the Change a coming

Verse 1 (Spanish)
Dicen que el individuo no cambia
(They say that the individual cannot change)
Que somos presos de nuestras fallas de caracter
(That we are prisoners of our character flaws)
Que si intentamos es futil inutil
(And that it is useless, futile if we try)
Dejandonos sin armas, sin armas
(Leaving us defenseless, defenseless)
Enfrentando la necesidad de evaluar
(Faced with the need to evaluate)
Enfrentando la necesidad de evolucionar
(Faced with the need to evolve)
La manera de pensar de vivir y de amar
(The way of thinking, living and loving)
Qué hacemos les preguntó
(What can we do?)
Esa opresión que amara manos y pies
(This oppressive notion binds our hands and feet)
Que te hace ciego mudo y sordo
(It makes you blind, deaf and mute)
Que ni te das cuenta de tu poder
(That you are not aware of your power)
Eres capaz, puedes actuar, no dejes que te intimide
(You are capable, you can act, don’t be intimidated)
Eres capaz, puedes cambiar, se el control de tu vida
(You are capable, you can change, take control of your life)

Chorus A
Change is a coming
Don’t don’t be afraid of the Change a coming
The only constant in life is the Change a coming
Don’t don’t be afraid of the Change a coming

Verse 2 (English)
Life is the range, between joy and pain
It’s gonna take a toll, prepare yourself for “change”
Why would you train your brain to remain the same
When it has so much to gain, running the game Like Fila,instead you getting played by the dealer
Just know the older you get the more it gets realer
It’s right intention, the heightened sense of a healer
Or chrome to your dome that hits harder than a Steeler
You can choose either, without even knowing it
Thinking like a slave, or not thinking just going with
The trends, putting the ends above your friends
Til you gotta bunch of fake ones riding in your Benz
Time to change, money over everythang is lame
Don’t believe me just watch I won’t have to explain
Why fame ain’t all that when you change to entertain
But can’t exchange knowledge to arrange mental planes

Chorus A
Change is a coming
Don’t don’t be afraid of the Change a coming
The only constant in life is the Change a coming
Don’t don’t be afraid of the Change a coming

Chorus B
Life is the range between Joy and Pain
Se puede resolver de otra manera
(We can find solutions in another way)
Its gonna take a toll prepare yourself for change
Se puede vivir de otra manera
(We can live in another way)
Why would you train your brain to remain the same
Se puede pensar de otra manera
(We can think in another way)
Its gonna take a toll prepare yourself for change
Si se puede cambiar
(Yes change is possible)

Verse 3 (French)
La societe nous dit qu’on est prisonnier de notre character
(Society tells us that we are prisoners of our character)
Qu’on peut pas changer, et d’essayer serai une perte de temps
(That we can’t change and to try would be a waste of time)
Toute en vain, nous laissent sans armes
(All in vain, leaving us defenseless)
Face au besoin de commencer la revolucion et d’evoluer
(Confronting the need to start a revolution and to evolve)
Notre facon de penser de vivre et d’aimer
(Our way of thinking, of living and of loving)

Chorus B
Life is the range between Joy and Pain
Se puede resolver de otra manera
(We can find solutions in another way)
Its gonna take a toll prepare yourself for change
Se puede vivir de otra manera
(We can live in another way)
Why would you train your brain to remain the same
Se puede pensar de otra manera
(We can think in another way)
Its gonna take a toll prepare yourself for change
Si si si
(Yes, yes yes)

Chorus A
Change is a coming
Don’t don’t be afraid of the Change a coming
The only constant in life is the Change a coming
Don’t don’t be afraid of the Change a coming

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**Blessed & Very Excited* CHANGE (the music video) to be released 8.13.2016*

*Blessed & Very Excited* CHANGE (the music video) to be released 8.13.2016*

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Cast
Renée Asteria
Rahman Jamaal

Production Crew
Keiko Okisada: Director & Editor
Hitoshi Inoue : DP
Deonta Marino: Gaffer
Alex Zajicek: Gaffer
Carolyn Smith: PA
Kaeli Antrim: Make up

CHANGE
AVENTURERA (album 3.18.2016)
by Renée Asteria/Razteria (RA) & Rahman Jamaal (RJ)
Music, production, arrangement, recording and editing (RA). Vocals (RA, RJ), all instruments (RA).
Mix by Kinyama Sounds (Nicolas Duboux)/ Live Oak Studio (James Ward) /Truffula Oak Studio (RA).
Additional recording at La Forge (Kirby Bivans).
Mastered at TrakWorx (Justin Weiss).

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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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