Michael Franti to Host Power to the Peaceful in San Francisco
Franti and Spearhead Set To Release The Sound of Sunshine Album on September 21st
Musician and human rights activist, Michael Franti, will host the 12th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival (PTTP) on Saturday, September 11th, 2010 at Speedway Meadow in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. PTTP is one of the nation’s largest free annual music festivals with over 50,000 attendees, featuring a variety of international musicians, visual artists and over 200 exhibitors and green vendors. Launched in 1998, the festival has grown to become one of San Francisco’s cultural traditions, which combines music, the arts, action and yoga in order to educate attendees on issues of social justice, non-violence, cultural co-existence and environmental sustainability.
The three day-long event begins Friday night, September 10th, at The Fillmore with the Power to the Peaceful Pre-Party where Michael Franti will give a special acoustic performance of his new CD, The Sound of Sunshine. The album is set for release September 21st. In addition, the international humanitarian organization, CARE, for which Michael is an ambassador, will present the 2010 Global Action Forum featuring a short film on Michael’s recent journey to East Timor, a film clip of the award winning documentary “A Powerful Noise” and a short Q & A about CARE’s work to empower women around the world to overcome poverty and how people here in the US can get involved.
On Saturday, September 11th, Speedway Meadow will feature main stage performances by Michael Franti & Spearhead, Rebelution, Rupa & The April Fishes, SambaDaì, plus headlining the DJ Tent is Washington DC’s Fort Knox Five with more acts to be announced. The PTTP festival will also kick off with 1,000 Yogis for Peace, a morning yoga practice led by Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini of Maya Yoga and Seane Corn. The day will end with the official PTTP Afterparty at The Fillmore in San Francisco where Michael Franti will present The Rocking Heads – see Michael and special guest musicians rock the stage performing classic Talking Heads songs.
On Sunday, September 12th, The Fillmore will play host to a morning of Yoga & Brazilian Arts Workshops with yoga led by Seane Corn and Michael Franti along with Afro-Brazilian dance with Master Teacher Rosangela Silvestri. Later that afternoon, kids of all ages are welcome to the Power to the Peaceful Family Matinee featuring music, face painting, crafts, eco vendors, and Michael Franti & Friends singing songs to enlighten the hearts and minds of youth and big kids alike.
Since its inception, the Power to the Peaceful foundation has gone on to gain international recognition. PTTP serves to provide funding and awareness to local, national and international charities that focus on health, education, youth and environmental causes. The foundation benefits from several music, art and action events per year, the biggest of which is The Power to the Peaceful Festival. Past artists and speakers at the event include: Ziggy Marley, Alanis Morissette, Indigo Girls, The String Cheese Incident, John Butler Trio, KRS-1, Digital Underground, Woody Harrelson, Angela Davis, Saul Williams, Blackalicious, Alice Walker, Talib Kweli, and many more.
A poet, social humanitarian, activist, and musician, Michael Franti is recognized as a pioneering force in branding music as a vehicle for global social activism. Franti, along with Michael Franti & Spearhead, has organized and contributed to numerous social justice initiatives through the years as well as becoming one of music’s most exciting live concert performers. Michael Franti & Spearhead has shared the stage with a wide range of artists including U2, John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, REM, and Ziggy Marley. The Sound of Sunshine is Michael Franti & Spearhead’s seventh studio album and the follow-up to 2008’s Top 40 hit All Rebel Rockers. Currently at #1 on the AAA chart, the album’s title track is one of AAA’s fastest moving singles. The single has also begun impacting the Hot AC charts.
Hassidic Hip Hop Racial Harmony Video Press Conference at Brooklyn Borough Hall Monday, August 2nd
20 Years After the Crown Heights Riots, Black and Jewish Community Leaders Endorse DeScribe’s “Harmony” Hip Hop Music Video as a Groundbreaking Tool for Unity and Racial Harmony in Brooklyn
DeScribe (Born Shneur HaSofer), Crown Heights’ Hassidic Hip Hop and R&B artist, will host a press conference at Borough Hall on August 2nd, 2010 at 1:00 pm with NYS Senator Eric Adams and Borough President Marty Markowitz, Council Member Letitia James and Assembly Member Karim Camara to premier his revolutionary “Harmony” music video, which celebrates diversity, understanding and harmony amongst the Crown Heights’ Black and Jewish communities. This event is presented in collaboration with heads of the Crown Heights community and Shemspeed, an independent recording label and artists’ promotional agency based in Crown Heights. The event is sponsored by COLlive.com, one of the most prominent Chabad Hassidic media outlets providing constant up to date information about the movement’s worldwide news and initiatives, and Marley Coffee, owned by Bob Marley’s son, Rohan Marley, which helps promote and support environmental and social justice causes, including aiding Jamaica’s poor communities and “going green.”
CAMU TAO: "KING OF HEARTS" (Definitive Jux/Fat Possum; August 17)
Two years ago Tero "Camu Tao" Smith died after a grueling battle with cancer. He was a friend, a son, a brother, a groom-to-be and last but not least a brilliant producer, singer, rapper and entertainer.
This summer, on August 17th, Camu Tao's first and final solo album King Of Hearts will be released on Definitive Jux in collaboration with Fat Possum. King Of Hearts is now available for pre-order on DefinitiveJux.net. When you pre-order King Of Hearts you will have the option to buy an "I Heart Camu" T-shirt. All proceeds from T-shirt sales will go directly to charity and will ship with packages the week before release date. Limited edition screen prints are available to the first 50 orders!
"King Of Hearts is essentially a collection of demos and unfinished songs Camu had created for his album. Some were recorded professionally, some were not. His sickness prevented him from finishing them all. We felt that the music, even in its raw form, was beautiful and needed to be heard. Camu needs to be heard." ~ Jaime "EL-P" Meline
FREE mp3 from King Of Hearts | "Plot A Little" Prior to his death, Camu Tao formed production crew and side project Central Services with longtime friend and collaborator El-P. The long-awaited 2005 debut EP Forever Frozen in Television Time has gone unreleased until now. In conjunction with the release of King Of Hearts, Definitive Jux is giving away Central Services' EP as a free digital download.
Download the FREE Central Services EP | click here
El-P will be in Camu Tao's hometown of Columbus, OH to host a celebration of his life and the release of King Of Hearts. This event was planned in conjunction with Camu's fiancé and is taking place on Monday, August 16th at Skullys. It is free to enter, with a $5 suggested donation. All proceeds will go to the James Cancer Hospital.
Fresh off the Forever Famicomalbum with Random, i got my next collaborative side-project in the works with The ParanormL, an emcee residing in Cali by way of Japan. The ParanormL is a very fresh and spiritually-minded lyricist who advocates positivity & preservation of the Hip-Hop arts, without coming off preachy like some tend to. He's worked with dope producers like J. Rawls and traded verses with emcees such as Canibus! I was actually put onto his music 2 years ago by a listener of my radio show, Subsoniq, and thought he be great to include on Piano-ramaso i hit him up andthe end result of that collaboration yielded...
Since "Star Seeds" we been talking about doing a side project together and so far, we are a few songs into one, BUT we need a NAME to help guide the project along. So to anyone reading this: Please post a comment with a prospective name for the album either here or over on my forum and whoever's name we ultimately choose will win a signed CD copy of the album, which should be out this fall/winter. Fair enough?
Cookbook & Uno Mas Show Their Utmost Respect For The Mic With Their Latest Single, Featuring A Living Legend
With their latest album, C&U Music Factory, still snatching up acclaim, long-time duo and LA Symphony co-founders Cookbook & Uno Mas hit us with the album's second single, "Petty". This time, the self-proclaimed fundamentalists address their discontent for the increasing emergence of hip-hop amateurs. With the help of featured emcee Scarub (of Living Legends), Cookbook & Uno Mas deliver thought-provoking rhymes, not only to discourage the amateurs, but to showcase their own talents as well. "We're proclaiming that we are still set apart from the masses due to our skill at our craft, and our musicianship," says the duo on the message behind their latest track.
Produced by Cookbook, the synth-heavy beat is accompanied by well-said verses about the group's intolerance for the "wack rhyme disease" that seems to be ever-spreading. The song is filled with proud proclamations of their musical integrity, with lines like, "We started this, and we gon' finish this/ We been a part of this real rap, no images/ Real artists, hard fact, it's limitless/ Hard flows, these foes lose their grimaces." It's clear that Cookbook & Uno Mas prefer truth to mass appeal. "We want people to dig through, and pull out these golden nuggets that exist," says the group.
"Petty" is featured on Cookbook & Uno Mas' C&U Music Factory, out now via AudioSketchBook / End Of Earth Records.