THIS FRIDAY: StringShot LIVE at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA – ‘Music to the Ears’ of Latin, Blues, World, and Jazz Lovers

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‘Music to the Ears’ of Latin, Blues, World, and Jazz Lovers
StringShot is Roy Rogers, Badi Assad, and Carlos Reyes 
PREMIER LIVE PERFORMANCE: NOV 9TH at FREIGHT & SALVAGE | BERKELEY, CA
November 6, 2018 (Northern Calif.) – Prepare to be mesmerized. Three years in the making, StringShot IS new music. Don’t miss your chance to see this unique collaboration make their LIVE debut at Freight & Salvage on November 9th. The premier concert from this “tour-de-force” formed by slide guitar master Roy Rogers, Brazilian guitar goddess Badi Assad, and harp/violin virtuoso, Carlos Reyes, takes listeners to an exciting new musical realm. The blend of these artists’ world-renowned art and talent has created a new synthesis of cross-cultural music with Latin roots, Jazz blooms, and Blues undertones, translating beautifully from studio recording to live performance.
I’m always trying to push the envelope, it’s conducive to great music. The Latin and blues conversation has always appealed to me, I love the rhythms and the challenge of a different genre. This is the first time I’ve gotten to explore it outside of a strict blues context, and it’s been wonderful.” – Roy Rogers
 
“Though our styles are totally different, we use them as a way to communicate our hearts out. In the lyrics process, we could feel that we take in life in a similar way, with day-by-day discoveries, with a lot of simplicity coming from the soul, and a love for music with a lot of freedom.” – Badi Assad
 
“When you explore a new combination, it’s exciting, especially when it comes together for all the right reasons, it comes down to the interaction.”– Carlos Reyes
Rogers is an eight-time Grammy nominee, known both as producer and performer for delivering critically acclaimed recordings for John Lee Hooker and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among others; his career of more than three decades includes collaborations with Ray Manzarek, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Miller, Sammy Hagar.and more. Assad (from Brazil) was ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the world’s great guitarists. Coming from a world-renowned and deeply skilled musical family, Assad took her classical training and put it through the filter of Brazil’s Afro‐Latin heritage, evolving into an effortlessly graceful singer‐songwriter. As a vocalist and percussionist, she is a true innovator, not only in technique but in performance. Reyes, a virtuoso on the Paraguayan stringed harp and the violin, has often taken his instruments into new territory, both as a player and fearless collaborator. Well-known for his supreme virtuosity, classically trained Reyes has performed in many diverse genres of music – in his own band, symphonies, and as a featured performer with artists such as Steve Miller and Arturo Sandoval.
Check Out:
-AUDIO Co-written by Rogers and Assad, “Wounds of Sight” and “Back Along the Way” highlight the trio’s exceptional gifts in musical arrangement.
Each of the ten tracks from StringShot’s August 2018 release offers a new way to experience these renowned artists. As one whole part – audiences looking for their new favorite soundtrack will have a dynamic jazz, r & b, Latin vibe album choice. Rogers, Assad, and Reyes share a passionate devotion to their music and instruments that is reflected in wildly creative and successful careers that cross boundaries and defy borders. In November, audiences will become fans. A StringShot sound is born.
‘Music to the Ears’ of Latin, Blues, World, and Jazz Lovers, StringShot is Roy Rogers, Badi Assad, and Carlos Reyes , PREMIER LIVE PERFORMANCE: NOV 9TH at FREIGHT & SALVAGE | BERKELEY, CA
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Razteria “Aventurera” Review at dmme.net

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RAZTERIA – Aventurera

Asteria 2016

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.

 

RAZTERIA – Aventurera

Available Now: Razteria “Aventurera” Full Length Album

Congratulations to IDC artist Razteria (aka Renée Asteria) on the Worldwide release of her new album “Aventurera”! This is an amazing album filled with positive messages and engaging music.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/aventurera/id1089674688?ls=1%3Fat%3D1001l3Iq&app=itunes

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http://razteria.com/

Razteria (aka Renée Asteria) can be described as a fusion of early No Doubt, Steel Pulse, Los Aterciopelados, and Marissa 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 order the album “Aventurera” please visit: asteriarecords.bandcamp.com

 

For More Information and Tour Dates please visit Razteria’s website: razteria.com

 

SF-Bay Area Based Latin-Rock-Reggae Artist Razteria’s “Aventurera” Album Release, street date March 18th, live in concert Saturday April 9th @ THE UPTOWN, 1928 Telegraph Ave. Oakland.

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SATURDAY APRIL 9th, UPTOWN, 1928 Telegraph ave.

Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA

Advance tickets $15 / $20 (includes Aventurera album) | Door $20 | 21+

Ticket link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aventurera-album-release-show-live-tickets-21694171852

Facebook Link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/985740351487559/

 Saturday April 9th, 2016 artists from all over SF Bay Area and beyond are coming together in celebration of the release of Razteria’s new album Aventurera.

The all-star line up includes DJ Leydis, performances by Pasto Seco Band, an East Bay based South American fusion band, Redwood city based rapper Rahman Jamaal together with Risk from Sao Paulo of Street Music Poetry, Kata of of international revolutionary party band LoCura, the Fyah Squad Band, Irae Divine, Sol Atash and Ariel of the collective Empress Unification, Seneca of Earthamplified, Chatterbox 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.

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About the artists:

Razteria aka Renee Asteria backed by the 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

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/

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/

Great review for Razteria’s new album “Aventurera” from Midwestrecord.com!

http://www.midwestrecord.com/MWR1052.html
“A perfect record for the mash up generation.  Is she Jane Birkin?  Marisa Monte?  Latin?  French?  Reggae?  All of the above?  Go with all of the above.  A mash up that doesn’t sound like a mish mosh, this is a killer summer party record that brings everything to the picnic except the ants.  With not a note you won’t like, this is an all time top ten armchair traveler session.  Killer stuff that you have to get down with.”

 

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Amazing Single-Release Party at Angelica’s for the new track “Change” from Razteria!

The IDC Crew was blessed to be in attendance for an amazing array of musicians and singers at Razteria’s (aka Renée Asteria) single release party on Friday February 5th, 2016 at Angelica’s Bistro. The show highlighted Razteria’s wonderful range of musical influences including everything from Rock to Alt Pop to Reggae and even tastes of Cumbia and Salsa. It was an amazing performance, and as an added bonus there were a half dozen artists connected to IDC involved throughout the night.

Angelica’s is a fantastic venue, a seated restaurant on Main Street in Redwood City, CA. The sight lines were amazing, as was the food, and the crowd was thick upon arrival. Renee fronted a powerhouse band playing electric guitar and singing lead on all of the songs. Her performance and interaction with the audience, plus her willingness to push the envelope and bring her story and message to the forefront, is uplifting to all in attendance. Razteria is a bandleader who brings together many complementary musical flavors in a very rich stew.

The rhythm section featured to long time friends/family of IDC, Waddell Bell (aka Wadi B) on Bass and Lou Neuberger on drums. These players have played on tracks of many albums that IDC has distributed, and Waddell and IDC President/Founder Steffen Franz have known each other for over 2 decades, including touring with Barrington Levy in 1994.

Other members of the all-star band included the legendary Vince Black, long time guitar master who has played with everyone from Dub Syndicate to Black Uhuru and Prezident Brown, and special guest vocalist Sol Atash, a good friend of IDC and gifted vocalist who sings in English and Farsi.

The artist who really pushed the night over the edge is Redwood City native, and guest vocalist on Razteria’s song Change, none other than Rahman Jamaal, a conscious rapper who guested with Razteria and the band, but was then quite at home performing a half dozen original songs over a laptop full of great beats. IDC has been hip to Rahman for a long time and hopes to work with this great developing artist in the future.

All in all this was a fantastic event featuring great musical talent, a lively band and a wonderful venue. Looking forward to the next show!

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TOMORROW Feb 05 2016 – Razteria (Renée Asteria) & Rahman Jamaal present their new single “CHANGE” Live at Angelica’s in Redwood City, CA

https://www.facebook.com/events/1587006031521806/

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Friday, February 5th
Dinner starts at 7:00 PM
Showtime 8:30 PM
Bell Stage Main Dining Room
Razteria & Rahman Jamaal (World + Hip hop)
New Single Release “CHANGE”
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Premier Seating $18.00 online in advance
Regular Seating $12.00 on line or $18.00 at the door

For Regular Seating ($12) at 800 and 815 PM please purchase tickets directly from Renee or Rahman.
Paypal:reneeasteria@gmail.com
Venmo:5107896019

On 2/5, Razteria (Renee Asteria), Rahman Jamaal present their new single “CHANGE”. Also featuring Sol Atash from Empress Unification. CHANGE is available on digital platforms released 1/22/16.

On the new single “CHANGE”, contrasting artists Rahman Jamaal & Razteria, fuse on this trilingual crossover track which calls for revolutionizing our mind-state without fear. Change is the only constant in Life.

RAHMAN JAMAAL
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).

http://www.rapforceacademy.com/
http://www.hiphopcongress.com/
http://www.reverbnation.com/rahmanjamaal
http://facebook.com/rahmanjamaal

RAZTERIA
San Francisco based artist Razteria (aka Renee Asteria) can be described as a fusion of Bomba Estero, early No Doubt, Steel Pulse and Marissa Monte. Razteria unites simple yet intricate songs w/powerful messages through ethereal harmonies, passionate grooves & fat bass. “AVENTURERA” is the title track of Razteria’s new album coming Spring 2016.

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.

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 Reggae on the River, World One Festival, World Fest Los Angeles, Northwest World Reggae Festival and the Montreal Jazz festival, to name a few. Her music has been licensed by MTV’s True Life series as well as a few independent films.
Razteria has also begun building a recording studio as an accessible and affordable space for aspiring artists.
http://razteria.com/
http://facebook.com/reneeasteriamusic/

Empress Unification Collective

http://www.empressunification.com/

SOL ATASH

Born and raised in Iran to an Armenian mother and Jewish father, Amanda aka Sol Atash has been referred to as “the walking United Nations” since a young age. Sol meaning sun in Spanish and Atash translating to Fire in Farsi (the language of Iran), Sol Atash embodies Sun Fire -a Farsi speaking fiery Sagittarius. Sol was encouraged to sing in 2011 by an artist with whom she was working. She sings Reggae music in Farsi, very rare indeed.

http://solatash.com/