Blog Talk Radio interview with Rocker-T… TODAY AT 3!

Rocker-T will be discussing the release of his newest album Return of the Tru Ganjaman with Blog Talk Radio host, Simon Barrett.

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Head over to www.blogtalkradio.com to listen at 3pm!

“Brooklyn-born Reggae pioneer Rocker-T announces the release of his newest album, The Return of the Tru Ganjaman, featuring Reggae Legends Mykal Rose (Black Uhuru), Prezident Brown and UK Reggae Superstar Gappy Ranks. The new album showcases some great original songs, along with some inspired remixes of some older songs from some well-known producers. The 19-track release (16 songs on the CD and 3 bonus tracks on the digital album) is put out through Luvinnit Productions, Rocker-T’s own independent record label, on June 17th, 2016. The album has many other amazing guest features including Mr. Williamz, Skip Wicked (Indubious), Mama-T, Ras Indio, and Jah Wave, and spans many genres while staying rooted in the conscious Dancehall reggae that Rocker-T is known for”

For more on Rocker-T, check out his website: www.rocker-t.com

 

Great review on Antoine Fafard’s newest album “Sphère”… Out on September 1st!

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Sphère review by John M. McGuire (June 2016)

United once again with longtime pal and musical compadre Jerry De Villiers Jr. on guitars, and propelled by the otherworldly talents of progressive legend Gary Husband (Allan Holdsworth; John McLaughlin; Dewa Budjana) on drums and keyboards, Sphère is the UK-based Canadian bass phenom Antoine Fafard’s most powerful musical statement to date. The canvas underlying his fourth solo album provides ample space for Fafard and his colleagues to step out… and step out, indeed, they do.

Powerful individual performances adorn some stirring compositions and sensitive ensemble work, with far-reaching improvisations decorating a backdrop of elegant understatement: subtly sophisticated; sublime. De Villiers’ soaring, legato guitar lines meet the same standard of excellence mandated by his delightfully tasty rhythms and atmospheric textural accompaniments. Perhaps one of progressive / jazz / fusion’s best kept secrets, Jerry really shines on this album, showcasing an articulate improvisational presence, coupled with strong melodic and thematic senses that rival fellow messengers Holdsworth, Gambale, Henderson and Muller.

Gary and Antoine both prove equal to the task, with Fafard’s bass not only holding down the fort but delivering some visionary, insightful solos throughout proceedings.

Short of the theatrics of De Villiers, Gary Husband could be rightly accused of hijacking the session! His opulent synth work is the perfect compliment to the occasion, often intertwining, to beautiful effect, with De Villiers’ syncopated rhythmic tapestries. Husband’s solos are stunning in their depth, imagination and harmonic understanding. His pristine piano work on “Cherishing” is as crisp, refreshing and genuinely innovative as anything the genre has seen in recent memory, evoking a Beirach-like presence while elevating the composition to unimagined heights.

On the kit, Gary provides a gliding undercurrent that is locked into the moment, in perfect sync – rhythmically, and dynamically – with Fafard’s surefooted, pulsating bass passages.

Sphère is immediately essential: a collection of nine majestic, brilliantly conceived and executed original compositions, showcasing three world-class musicians at their most sensitive and complementary best. For lovers of the progressive genre, encompassing progressive jazz, fusion, world music and avant-garde, it simply doesn’t get any better than this.

To find out more about Antoine Fafard, head over to his website: www.antoinefafard.com
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San Francisco Political Singer/Songwriter and IDC Artist Pete Kronowitt Releases New Full-Length Album

A Lone Voice Delivers Timely and Salient Political Message

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For Immediate ReleaseSan Francisco, CA – The hunger Americans feel for change is palpable, and no artist voices this urgency better than San Francisco-based Pete Kronowitt, a seasoned singer/songwriter who is releasing his fourth full-length album, A Lone Voice. Pete’s emotive songs fuse acoustic pop and indie-folk, while evoking an era when music was made to battle injustice. A Lone Voice, releasing worldwide on July 15, 2016, masterfully explores themes ranging from socio-political struggles to musings on the human condition. His sound is a Steve Earle-Elvis Costello hybrid, a heap of alt-Americana influences.

The album was recorded and produced in Nashville, Tennessee by Grammy-winning songwriter Phil Madeira, with backing musicians David Mansfield on guitars, mandolin and violin, Dennis Holt on drums and percussion, Chris Donohue on bass, and of course, Phil Madeira on guitars and keys. A Lone Voice features a set of lyrical new songs spanning folk, pop, country, and acoustic-punk influences from the Ramones to Pete Seeger and John Mellencamp.

A Lone Voice stays upbeat, despite presenting some uncomfortable truths and lifting the curtain to reveal political and media manipulation. Audiences will join the chorus of the title track “Change Is Gonna Come” (inspired from Sam Cooke’s iconic song) and tap to the beat of the album’s protest anthem “Got Guns?” Through his music, Kronowitt pokes fun at the absurdity of extremism and reminds us, the power of change is always here and now – within ourselves.

There are also intimate, personal moments in this collection, drawing connections between the national zeitgeist and the all-too- human emotional toll it takes on those we love. The smooth and Clapton-esque “You Are Here” reminds listeners (and Pete himself) to be present. “Holding Your Hand” is a gift for his wife after 20 years together, and the tender, album-closing “Perfect Day” is a moving tribute to his sister, who took her own life. “Tears on the Back of Her Head,” co-written with producer Phil Madeira, was written for two friends lost to cancer and their spouses, and may be the most stirring track on A Lone Voice.

Pete Kronowitt has toured internationally in China, Japan, and Vietnam, and across the US in the last few years with long-time friend, collaborator, and 30-year veteran bassist John David Coppola. John, who has toured with The Danny Morris Band, was integral on Pete’s debut album Phases of the Heart. That album was recorded in 1993 at Rutabaga Studios with John Alagia, whose production credits include the Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, and Ben Folds Five. Kronowitt’s second and third albums, Threads and elements, were produced by Pete Snell, who toured extensively with Lyle Lovett.

With an unwavering belief that together, we can raise our voices to demand common sense solutions, Pete reminds us, “The people of these great United States are bound by the many things we have in common, and we must reject any manufactured issues which are cynically created simply to divide us.” With his revolutionary new album, A Lone Voice, Pete Kronowitt has called for a rediscovery of the protest song…and not a moment too soon.

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Pete Kronowitt will be performing a CD Release party and delivering his strong political messages to the Agora Theater and Ballroom in Cleveland, OH ahead of the Republican National Convention this July 18-21, 2016.

There will also be various gigs throughout 2016 in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the West Coast.

For more information and touring schedule visit: http://www.petekronowitt.com/

For music samples or to pre-order A Lone Voice visit: https://petekronowitt.bandcamp.com/

For interview requests contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR: glassonyonpr@gmail.com or 828-350- 8158

For live performance booking or management inquiries contact Mean Bean Records: booking@meanbeanrecords.com

 

Badi Assad now featured on Noisetrade.com!

http://noisetrade.com/badiassad/badi-assad

“Badi Assad transcends traditional styles of her native Brazilian music with a mixture of pop, jazz and world/ethnic sounds from around the world. As a result, the extraordinary singer, guitarist, and percussionist is successfully forging an exhilarating genre of music that quite literally defies categorization. Named as one of Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Guitarists, she has worked with such artists as Bobby McFerrin, Yo-Yo-Ma, Sarah McLaughlin and Seu Jorge.”

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Rocker-T ‘The Return of the Tru Ganjaman’ featured on the iTunes Reggae New Music page

Rocker-T’s new album is receiving rave reviews and has been featured on the iTunes Reggae New Music page!

Buy now at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/return-of-the-tru-ganjaman/id1118106906

 

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Big congrats to IDC artist D. Edward! “Pretty Eyes” is nominated for a 2016 Hollywood Music in Media Award!

 

“The Hollywood Music In Media Awards is the premiere destination for music artists and composers around the globe. HMMA celebrates music excellence in all forms of visual media and the recordings of independent music artists. This is where indie meets industry!” www.hmmawards.com

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To find out more about D. Edward and the making of his new album Love Is featuring “Pretty Eyes”, watch the video below or head over to his website www.dedwardmusic.com!

Great interview with Rocker-T at MusicGuy247.com

Rocker-T to release a new album “The Return of the True Ganjaman.” An interview with the Brooklyn native. “Nature, life study & various angles of philosophical thought are my main composing influences.”

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Rocker-T is a multi-talented musician out of Brooklyn, New York. His philosophy is to promote peace, love and equality worldwide through his music. As a youth, he was exposed to just about every type of music. His mother taught him the classics on the piano and he listened to everything from Frank Sinatra, to Pink Floyd, to Run DMC. After success with a variety of bands he settled into the reggae genre and has made a music has made a major impact ever since. Starting at the age of 13, he has enjoyed the use of marijuana and continues to be an advocate for its legal use. He has just released a new album called “The Return of a True Gangaman”. Rocker-T explained the making of the album and various phases of his expanding career.

R.V.B. – Congratulations on your upcoming release The Return of the True Ganjaman. What is the story behind making the tracks? Is the title character real or fictional?

Rocker-T – Many thanks! I am a TruGanjaman meaning I advocate the herb as a cultural necessity for humans to use and cultivate as a means to see thru thebabylonianshitstem. I am directly inspired by Peter Tosh, especially his actions and attitudes. There are many TruG-Man & Mama all around the world and the song is a tribute to them as well as my own self-declaration. It is a worldwide call for I-nification.

R.V.B. – How long of a process was it to complete this project? Did you write most of the music and then invite guests to help out? What was the decision process of remixing older tracks? You recently released your successful True Ganjaman with many different remixes. Was this fun for you to take this successful song and rework it in so many different ways?

Rocker-T – Began on this sometime in the fall of 2015… Project started as just a few remixes of da original trak for 20th anniversary in 2016. Somehow it became 23 remixes! And then an album appeared from all the amazing momentum!I truly am touched and honored by all the Producers who remixed this classic track. They came with pure original fire. Most of my guests were asked to write vocals before I did so that all of their styles would be represented as purely and truly as possible. I decided to add remixes of older tunes that haven’t gotten as much attention as TruGanjaman, as well as some recent herb tunes of mine because while Reggae Hip-Hop Dancehall music is clearly my favorite medium let it be known that I have always been a fan of any music with amazing bass including everything from Ambient Dub to Jungle. Been waiting years for EDM to be popular in America to be honest.

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R.V.B. – Are you encouraged by the developments of some States virtually legalizing pot? The rules and penalties here in New York need a long way to go. The Rockefeller laws were ridiculous.

Rocker-T – As long as the people protect their rights and keep their freeness then I am happy. I think that Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia had said that due to the immense stress and pressure of living in NYC 5 Boros that New Yorkers should be allowed to partake in smoking the herb. Be great if the people knew this and acted accordingly. Remember in the 90s we the people paraded for JayDay and blazed a trail all the way down 5th Avenue to Washington Square Park. Gotta get active. We no fear babylon!

R.V.B. –  What kind of band will you carry to perform the new tracks live? Are there any tours scheduled?

Rocket-T – I play shows in 3 formations: Emcee set w/ Jah Warrior Shelter or DJ AZ.Redsmoke; Live Band consisting of Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keys & Percussion; or with my Dubsmashers Live Dub Experience. No tour scheduled because I am always in the process of booking shows at festivals and other event venues.

R.V.B. – You’ve delved in many different genres throughout your career. How did Reggae become your main focus? What are some of your past influences and what are some of your current ones as far as your growth in composing music?

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Rocker-T – I’ve known how to read & write music since I was a small child. I luv so many kinds of music. Some examples of my diverse tastes are Sam Cooke, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, The Kinks, The Who, Pink Floyd, The Clash, John Coltrane, MDC, Parliment Funkadelic, Earth Wind & Fire, Iron Maiden, Burning Spear, Black Uhuru, New Order, Yaz, Run-DMC, BDP, Daddy Freddy, T-La Rock, Antony Santos, Lisandro Mesa, just to give you an idea. Due to the violence of the Punk, HipHop and Metal scenes in NY I began to steadily gravitate toward Reggae because I see it as a militant music that is striving to bring peace to the world. All sound system and deep bass music is in someway influenced by Dub Reggae to be clear. My favorite music is Jamaican Rudeboy and Rasta music from 1962-1974. Nature, life study & various angles of philosophical thought are my main composing influences. Nowadays I listen to Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid and Romain Virgo a lot as well as a lot of ambient meditation tracks and all kinds of stuff on Soundcloud.

R.V.B. – How do you like the fact that Brooklyn is beginning to thrive again as more and more music venues are popping up?

Rocker-T – I’m concerned that the culture of Brooklyn is becoming gentrified not just the property. Gotta keep it international and make sure the whole Boro doesn’t get white-washed. That being said I am glad to find so many new venues and great places to have parties and events and I am very much pleased and happy about the resurgence of vinyl and particularly Dancehall parties! Would luv to play the Brooklyn Bowl especially.

R.V.B. – What are some of your live performance highlights?

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Rocker-T – Too many to know where to begin or end. Irving Plaza, NYC… Fillmore, SF… House Of Blues, LA… Melkweg, Amsterdam… Reggae On The River… Sierra Nevada… I will say that performing in Belmont and Portmore, JA and in Japan with Jamalski and Boy-Ken are still some of my fondest memories.

R.V.B. –  How many different instruments do you play? Which ones do you primarily use to write your music?

Rocker-T – Guitar, Piano, Melodica, Nyabinghi Drums, Singing Bowls. I run sequencers and samplers too. Not biased against music making techniques and always stayin open minded. Mostly use the guitar or the drum machine when writing. I can pretty much get a tone or sound out of almost anything and sample it and create music that way as well. Either live or looped as long as its got heart, soul and flavor then I will bust lyrics and spread luv!

R.V.B. – What is your main message that you like to get out in your music?

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Rocker-T – Even though the system is a fraud the truth shall set us free. Racism got to go. Luv got to enter. Raspect for each other’s rights and feelings even inclusive of disagreement is the way forward.

R.V.B. – Do you get a different vibe when you play in foreign countries?

Rocker-T – Every place is different and similar including America. It seems that everywhere I go I tend to meet some very real and crucial people. There are some countries that I haven’t even been to yet where I have huge support. I live to travel and share this music and always have a great time no matter what.

R.V.B. –  Are you a spiritual person?

Rocker-T – Most definitely. Always studying and growing.

R.V.B. – Can you give me a few examples of how some of your guests on the new album helped out?

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Rocker-T – From the Producers to the Engineers to the Artists everyone contributed their time and energy in the deepest way on this project. Even the Album Designer and the Photographer. Real heart and soul from the depths to the Ites. I know everyone on this project personally and they sure came correct!

R.V.B. – Can you write music straight as well as stoned?

Rocker-T – I have been influenced by Ganja since I had 13 laps of the Sun. I am a very strait and real person who comes off the hip from the lip so yes to both! I have many ways of manifesting and writing music and always listen when the voice and the melody speak to me.

R.V.B. – Is there any animosity as far as race from anyone because they may think that you’re not a true Ganjaman?

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Rocker-T – I receive way more encouragement and praise than I do criticism or negativity. I don’t blame anyone for being uncomfortable around a Rasta-Buddha-BBoy-Rocker-Poet who happens to be Caucasian and says the whole World is Afrika. All of my Elders continue to teach and support my works and mission. I tend not to butt heads with particularly hateful people. Fiya of Luv.

R.V.B. – What are some of your accomplishments that your real proud of?

Rocket-T – Someone told me that a song I wrote enabled them to defeat cancer. Someone told me that they can walk because of my music. These realities completely blow my mind. When someone tells me that my music or a song I wrote helped them to overcome their greatest obstacles it actually becomes hard to describe how much that means to me. I don’t do this for myself. I really don’t know how to do or be anything but music. Yes I have to pay bills but the money I get primarily is used for getting music equipment or records and presents for children I am close to.

R.V.B. – Thanks for considering answering these questions

Rocker-T – Most Welcome and Many Blessings! Yes One!

Interview conducted by Robert von Bernewitz

For more information visit Rocker-T’s website www.rocker-t.com

 

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