Once Again Jam Session in the Woods – Last Day to Vote in the Lennon Awards!

 

Final Day – Ultimo dia – Dernier jour! to Vote! Visit http://www.jlsc.com/vote to vote for ONCE AGAIN in the World Music category :)

Beautiful chills run down my spine… here we Rahman Jamaal Mc share a little jam in the forest

many projects coming this summer! Muchos proyectos bellas vienen en los próximos meses.. Plein de beaux projets a sortir cette été :)

Thank you so very much for your support!
Gracias por su apoyo!
Merci beaucoup pour votre soutien :)

Once Again – behind the scenes

Hello!

If you missed the behind the scenes of ONCE AGAIN – explore the interviews of Rahman Jamaal and Razteria bringing to light the real life adventure and the song’s prophetic nature.

ONCE AGAIN – OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

 

This song is in the runnings for a Lennon Award! **To vote** just go to www.jlsc.com/vote and click the tab in the World Category next to “ONCE AGAIN”! You can vote everyday for 30 days :) Download FREE from: https://soundcloud.com/razteria/06-once-again
Special Acappella Version: https://soundcloud.com/razteria/12-once-again

 

 

Official release of ONCE AGAIN music video

*Official release of ONCE AGAIN music video! This song almost became reality… It is a reminder of how precious each day is in this beautiful life.

Thank you for voting for ONCE AGAIN in the World music category! Visit www.jlsc.com/vote each day till the end of April to help us get to the next step in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest :)

This musically eclectic song is a humble desire to see, hear and feel loved ones “Once Again”… The music of Razteria and Rahman Jamaal’s deep lyrics is prophetic as Rahman experienced a brush with death shortly after the release of the song when the music video was in production.

 

 

Lyrics by Renee Asteria/Razteria (RA) & Rahman Jamaal (RJ)

Music (RA)

Publishing ASTERIA & SAJERAJA PUBLISHING COMPANY (ASCAP)

 

Performance

Vocals (RA/RJ), trumpet (Anthony Ant), drums (Jayme Arredondo), other

instruments (RA).

 

Recorded at Truffula Oak Studio

Mixed at Live Oak Studio

Mastered by TrakWorx

 

www.razteria.com

 

ONCE AGAIN @thejlsc 2016 Grand Prize Winner. #WORLDCategory #OnceAgain #LennonAwards #Documusic

Day 14 & 15 The Crazy Story Behind ONCE AGAIN (Lennon Awards candidate)

Vote ONCE AGAIN – World Category – www.jlsc.com/vote

Day 14 / 15

“Once again my friend, may I live to see you, to hear you – to feel you”

“Que me permite vivir para verte, para escucharte, para sentirte – Una vez más amigo/a”

“Que je puisse vivre pour te revoir, pour t’écouter, pour sentir ta présence, un fois de plus mon amie”

 

(en) Day 15 in our campaign, one day before the launch of the music video for Once Again, I am humbled to be able to present this message… and how it became reality for Rahman who came very close to death.

 

(esp) Dia 15 de nuestra campaña, un día antes del lanzamiento del videoclip de Once Again, me siento humildemente agradecida de poder presentarles este mensaje… que se ha vuelto una realidad para Rahman, llegando tan cerca a la muerte.

 

(fr) 15ème jour de notre campagn, un jour avant le lancement du vidéoclip de Once Again, je suis profondément touchée de pouvoir vous présenter ce message… devenu réalité pour Rahman, qui a failli mourir.

 

Thank you so very much for your support! Muchisimas gracias por su apoyo! Merci infiniment pour votre soutien!

Day 13 – Reminder to Vote for our song ONCE AGAIN (World) in the The John Lennon Songwriting Contest

Day 13 – Reminder to Vote for our song ONCE AGAIN (World) in the The John Lennon Songwriting Contest www.jlsc.com/vote .

My cowriter Rahman Jamaal Mc and I describe the “change effect” – “Change is the only constant in life” making reference to the first song we collaborated on – “Change” – check the full music video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPCV8j5iA64

It’s crazy how you imagine something and then it becomes reality in front of your eyes. We started off with “Change” which opened the space for “Once Again” to come to light… and Once Again became profetic as Rahman almost died during its production… We are writing our future. We are the mastermind of our reality. What do you want to see next?

Thank you so very much for your support!

Day 10! Reminder to vote! http://jlsc.com/vote for “Once Again” in the World category

Day 10! Reminder to vote! http://jlsc.com/vote for “Once Again” in the World category. We are 1/3 of the way through! Thank you so much for your support :)

Today we go into greater depth about our experience in Bolivia, working with the youth of Performing Life International – Fundacion EnseñARTE Bolivia – NGO which provides opportunities in the artes for kids from disadvantaged backgrounds. https://www.youtube.com/user/PerformingLifeBo

Being Bolivian I really should know more about the traditional dances.. Caporales – is one of the most popular – but many people likely don’t know that its inspired by the slave master “Caporal”…

‘Caporal’ was the overseer of the black slaves in the Yungas region – was usually mixed race, wore boots and held a whip (I think this mimiced by the hankerchief?).

This dance is characteristic of Saya music which originated in Bolivia originated in Yungas where the one of the only Afro-bolivian community exists in Tocana. While only 1% of the population they have profoundly influenced traditional Bolivian dance and music.

https://soundcloud.com/…/episodio-8-la-vida-de-antes-afrobo…

https://afrodescendant.wordpress.com/…/podcast-episodio-8-…/

http://www.educa.com.bo/danzas/saya

While we were in the Yungas with Rahman Jamaal Mc we were a few hours hike through the jungle to the community of Tocana. But fate would have it we spent the day in the community hospital of Coroico 😉 … to be continued

Day 9 The richness of Bolivia – Reminder to vote for ONCE AGAIN (World Category)

Day 9 The richness of Bolivia – Reminder to vote for ONCE AGAIN (World Category) http://jlsc.com/vote – thank you for your support!
 
We present today a little glimpse of one of one of my home countries Bolivia – a taste of its natural and cultural diversity …
 
If you can visit one day it will blow you away. Imagine the Andes with peaks reaching 7000m / 21000 ft meeting the Amazon basin – a population composed between 40-60% (sources give varying stats) of indigenous and meztizo tribes, 33 plus languages still spoken …
http://minorityrights.org/minorities/lowland-indigenous-peoples/
 
While not presented this in the video – I wanted to add how much my experiences working with different indigenous people in Bolivia and other countries in Latin America, has profoundly impacted my life. I feel that in “developing” we have lost touch with the natural world, and this disconnect has contributed to our capacity to justify consuming natural resources at an unsustainable rate.
 
The struggles of indigenous peoples worldwide to not cease to exist is directly related to protecting the environment.. and we can see how their voices are not being heard, not being valued.
“80-85% of the Earth’s remaining biodiversity is located in Indigenous Territories. Standing with, learning from and honoring Indigenous peoples who act as the natural custodians of the forests must be a top priority – there will be no climate justice without respect for Indigenous rights, knowledge and leadership.”
http://wecaninternational.org/pages/forests-fossil-fuel-resistance
 
There are many fights going on right now – for example: Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline Opposition .. the megadam projects of El Bala and El Chepete which are being planned to flood Amazonionan region Bolivia – displacing people – thereby destroying their culture – and driving yet to be known species of plants and animals into extinction – for what? To generate energy for export 10 years from now with no guarantee that it will be purchased.
https://mundo.sputniknews.com/americalatina/201611261065117637-Bolivia-Beni-Quiquibey-Tuichi/
 
Here are inspiring words of my uncle, who informed me of the situation in the Amazon of Bolivia and told me to write song in protest. This is one project in the works and I hope to produce this song in collaboration with local and international artists to raise awareness.
 
“Desesperanza de la Madre Tierra (Pacha Mama)”
//”The desperation of Mother Earth”//
Me pinchan la panza por un balde de petroleo
//They pinch my belly for oil//
Me sacan las tripas por un globo de gaz
//Take out my intestins for gas//
Despues de envenenarme por un poco de oro
//After they poison me for gold//
Bloquean mis venas por electricidad
//They block my veins for electricity//
Matan mis pueblos que se oponen
//Killing my people who oppose//
Defendiendome en mis ultimos esfuerzos de morir
//Defending me in my last efforts//
Beri, Chepete, Madero les amputan
//They amputate Beri, Chepete, Madero (Amazon regions)//
Sacándome mis pulmones en la Amazonia
//Taking my lungs from the Amazon//

Day 8 Lennon Awards! How did you write Once Again?

Day 7 and 8!

How did you write ONCE AGAIN? A little reminder to vote! Visit http://jlsc.com/vote and select ONCE AGAIN in the World category. Thank you so very much for your support!

Here my cowriter Rahman Jamaal Mc describes how he came up with his verse which completed the song…

The full lyrics to the song in english and spanish can be found on:

The composition of Once Again was an intense journey… it is my favorite and represents for me a true growth artistically and also potentially the most relevant message, it is a humble wish to live to see, hear and feel friends and family all over the world, once again.

Its construction was inverted from start to finish when comparing to the way I usually tackle songwriting, starting with music, harmony and melody. The original idea was not lyrical or melodic but rhythmic. I got this idea to fuse 2 contrasting beats for which I had live drum samples, afro-beat with heavy metal. So after spending hours creating drum track using tempo matched live drum samples, I laid down a first version with heavy electric guitars and a typical chord progression and lyrics. Not convinced with this version, I started again, laying down cuarto, a small 4 stringed instrument from Venezuela which has a very interesting tuning (A D F# B, open chord is an inversion of Bm7), and as a result, a very original voicing pattern resulted. Happy with the harmonic progression I tackled the bassline, trying version after version till I found one that fit, helping bind the cuatro and odd drum dynamics together.

Then sitting back and listening I all of a sudden heard harmonies, thick layered harmonies which became the signature of the track. I sat for days, listening to the instrumental track with harmonies, writing the verse and chorus over and over again till I almost gave into just leaving it as an instrumental. I had never released an instrumental track before and I knew I needed to write something that added to the track, not take away from the epic music. I figured, all in good time. Maybe this was a track that needed years to develop as others had been, and that I couldn’t write a lead line in time for this album that did it justice.

Almost given up I decided that I would focus on the instruments calling in trumpeteer Anthony Ant to lay some supportive trumpet lines. I kept on working the lines, finally coming up with a verse that I was relatively happy with and a few phrases during the choruses that didn’t take away from the beautiful harmonies. Jayme Arredondo, drummer, came in and relaid all the drums, with reference to a click track and the music. He rewrote them to better fit the dynamics of the song and leave room for the music. So interestingly, the piece that the entire track began with, the drums, was replaced in one of the last steps, a typical “no no” in the recording art, to overdub drums as one of the final tracks. But hey, it worked! Jayme’s drums gave new life to the track.

Synchronicity had it that while Rahman Jamaal (on Change track) was at the studio working on the Change music video, he heard the track, and within a couple of hours had written a second verse and recorded it on the spot. His energy complemented the track, adding the missing vocal element. I later chopped it up and integrated him into the choruses (as I had done with Change track). The final version of the choruses actually were given birth during the second to last mixing session (thanks James)! Still recording and arranging while mixing .. typical Renee production chaos.