Ozomatli, a latin fusion band reigning from Los Angeles has release their lates track titled “Libertad” and it features close friends Chali 2Na and Cut Chemist of Jurassic 5. With the release of their latest track Ozomatli also release a music video for “Libertad”. “Libertad is the first released track Ozomatli has dropped through ONErpm Digital Distribution.
Ozomatil put their heart and soul into their latest track as they take it back to day of old with a 1998 Ozomatil latin sound that many of us remember. With hints of salsa, cumbia and funk, plus Chali 2Na dropping a 16 to open the song up and Cut Chemist tears the record apart with is wicked scratching to give this track an extra thump which has been missing in today’s music market.
So check out this latest track from Ozomatli and keep it on Sessiontapes.com for the latest on OZ
Collie Budds has been traveling around the world, performing at every festival and some how makes time to get into the studio. Today we have the latest single from Collie Buddz titled “Bounce It”, which features StoneBWOY, and is from his upcoming album “Hybrid”
So check out the latest track from Collie Buddz and keep checking back to Sessiontapes.com for the latest news on Collie Buddz upcoming album “Hybrid”
- 3.22.19 – Cocoa Riverfront Park, Cocoa, FL
- 3.23.19 – North Beach Bandshell, Miami Beach, FL
- 3.24.19 – Abacoa Town Center Amphitheatre, Jupiter, FL
- 3.27.19 – The Ranch, Fort Myers, FL
- 3.28.19 – Cafe Da Vinci, Deland, FL
- 3.29.19 – Jannus Live, Saint Petersburg, FL
- 3.30.19 – Ocean Deck Restaurant & Beach Club, Daytona Beach, FL
- 3.31.19 – Surfer [The Bar], Jacksonville Beach, FL
- 5.26.19 – California Roots, Monterey, CA
Quannum and Solesides co-founder, and Grammy nominated MC, Lateef the Truth Speaker has joined forces with acclaimed Bay Area DJ and producer Jah Yzer and the multi-talented musician and reggae artist Winstrong, to showcase the crossroads of reggae and hip-hop on their newest project Roots & Tings. The new music draws deeply and respectfully from the history of both genres while pushing a new vibe to create powerful and provocative tracks. Roots & Tings will roll out singles monthly throughout 2019 with Quannum Records. Each release will be accompanied by original artwork, limited edition t-shirts from aspiring designers and will be available on both vinyl 45’s and digitally, everywhere you can stream.
Born and raised in Oakland, CA by politically active and former Black Panther parents, Lateef the Truth Speaker is most well-known for his role in the Bay Area rap collective Quannum Projects alongside DJ Shadow, The Gift of Gab, Chief Xcel and Lyrics Born. Together they helped usher in the underground era of hip-hop in the 90’s. His 20+ year career in the industry is highlighted with a Grammy nomination for his collaboration with Fat Boy Slim on “Wonderful Night.” And his duo Latyrx with Lyrics Born, who spawned the popular Bay Area anthem “Lady Don’t Tek No.” Lateef is a prolific solo artist, who’s writing is woke and witty. He joined up with DJ and Producer Jah Yzer who is well known in the Bay Area for dropping reggae and soundsystem riddims. The talented DJ first gained acclaim as a radio personality for Miami’s 94.1 Beach Radio, and moved to the Bay Area where he established himself as a high profile DJ and has collaborated with the likes of J Boog, Too Short, Sister Nancy, Fiji and more. Winstrong first hit the scene alongside the legendary Don Carlos as an Urban Dancehall artists. His voice is soulful and boldly couples strong melodies with conscious messages. He is able to elegantly combine world music, hip-hop with R&B and Soul, alongside his foundation as a roots reggae and dancehall vocalist. His talent is vast and creative, and has much to offer to the Roots & Tings project.
Until embarking on the Roots & Tings project, the Bay Area based artists, Lateef, Jah Yzer and Winstrong have known each other separately for more than 10 years. Coming together for this project a collaboration was immediately born as they clicked effortlessly over a relatively unstructured creative process on the new project. Lateef comments, “Roots & Tings came about as an organic evolution of an idea to do remixes for a mixtape, that led to more conversations and original ideas, which led to more songs.” He continues, “The name Roots & Tings came from the idea that the music should reflect the source, the soul- or the ‘Root’- of the music we were making, and all of the ways that we added on to those original ideas with new ideas and interpretations would be the ‘Tings’.” The new record was recorded primarily at Zoo Labs in Oakland, CA, and by the first session they had 9 songs laid down. Having now worked together for 2 years on this project and with almost 50 songs recorded, the trio are excited that they are finally putting forth their new project.
Roots & Tings will roll out deep cuts monthly and will be available digitally and on vinyl limited edition 45’s. This month the soulful love song with deep chilled dancehall riddims, “All Of This” ft. Vursatyl (of Lifesavas) dropped and is available everywhere. For Lateef the song, “ ‘All of This’ is a modern love story. Passionate, honest, kinda messy, and very, very true. Hopefully people hear some of their own stories in there somewhere.” The new track was produced by Racayan – his debut track.
Roots & Tings debuted earlier this year with the dubby track “Class War” and “Oh” on the B-side. HipHopDX who first premiered the song commented, “Bay Area Hip Hop staple Lateef The Truthspeaker has resurfaced with a new single called “Class War” featuring his Quannum Recordings brethren Gift of Gab and Lyrics Born. The track is taken from his forthcoming Roots & Tings album, which intends to showcase the existing parallels between reggae and Hip Hop.” Both tracks are stellar with cutting bars as Lateef the Truth Speaker and featured artists Lyrics Born and Gift of Gab spit about the 1% on “Class War”, Lateef says, “They want more. The rich get richer. The rest of us are poor. It’s a Class War.” On the B-side featured artist Gift of Gab joins Lateef on “Oh,” Lateef recalls, “We all know someone like the person described in the song. If you don’t, you might be the person in the song.” Hitting the theme of the social economic injustices, “Class War” has limited edition original artwork by incarcerate artist Raul Fernandez. The artwork is available with special, limited vinyl 45’s and the music is available digitally everywhere you can stream.
The new project is full of epic island tinged remixes of Lateef’s hits as well as new fresh tracks including “Lady Don’t Tek No” remix, “Alpha Omega” remix and “Highest Grade,” all due to be released early 2019. Roots & Tings, is stacked with features with some of the best rappers in the game including, Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), Lyrics Born (Latyrx) and more to be revealed later. Each release will be packaged both digitally and as 45’s. The 45’s will include limited edition artwork for the single, and each release will be accompanied with limited edition t-shirt created by Bay Area youth apprentice printers Youth Prints @ People’s Choice Prints. The young apprentice printers have designed and printed the shirts as they aspire to establish their own brands. Each of the designers will recoup 100% of the profits. The t-shirts are available www.rootsandtingsofficial.com.
Lateef reflects on the new project, “Roots & Tings is an ode to the love affair between Hip-Hop and Reggae music since the inception of hip hop. The music is a combination of all the different iterations through the years, of both genres.”
The trio will be touring Roots & Tings, as well as, new music all throughout 2019. They are kicking off the new year supporting Blackalicious. The live shows will be fully energized as Lateef, Jah Yzer and Winstrong are an unstoppable force that will leave the crowd hyped and wanting more. The sets will be accompanied by new and fresh visuals produced by Ben Stokes (DJ Shadow). Check out the upcoming tour dates here and follow the artists here.
A true citizen of the world, Iakopo’s feel ties his vast influences together to create a hypnotic reggae sound. His highly anticipated upcoming album Waves is out now off tastemaker label Mensch House Records! The album was recorded and produced by Chaz Rox in Carson, California, and features prominent songwriters Bo Napoleon, Yaccahmoe, and Moi fromTomorrows Bad Seeds.
Iakopo currently resides between Jamaica, Tokyo and Miami. He was born in California, the son of a music teacher, who trained him to play piano at the tender age of 3. After a difficult childhood, Iakopo was eventually adopted and raised by a Samoan family on the South Pacific island of Upolu Samoa, where he lived an island lifestyle in a small village. Iakopo remembers life there as being tribal and close to nature. There were no refrigerators, beds, TVs, or modern amenities. He did not have the noise of pop culture buzzing in his ear and distracting him, which allowed him to connect with, to see, to feel, to understand, and to process the world in an organic, filter-free way. “I think I benefited from my surroundings and the love that I received from the people. And I didn’t face typical Western world pressures - to hurry up and do or be this; I wasn’t on the clock. I was very free to explore and my mind was free to imagine and create,” says Iakopo.
On the making of Waves, Iakopo says, “This album of work is particularly meaningful to me, because of the people I worked with. I worked and recorded with the same people for the entire project, which was dope in the sense that we were able to build a continuity and flow with all the songs. Most of the songs were all created based on real life situations that I had personally gone through. During the recording process it was real and very organic. I wanted to give a certain vibe to the project that could connect the energy of ideas of reggae music, and where it comes from in a real sense, and connect that with the urban listeners in America.”
Waves includes powerful and synth driven tracks like “My Revolution,” where Iakopo gives his lyrical take on the state of today’s world, “They wanna keep our minds in a small box, they don’t want unity they want us all divided.” Other standout tracks on the album include a dubbed out track about spiritual growth “Legends,” the acoustic and soulful love song “On” featuring Bo Napoleon, the skank heavy song “WWYD (What Would You Do),” and many more.
An accomplished songwriter, Iakopo has made Billboard-charting records with his Japanese singles “Break Free,” “Love Like This,” “When I See You Smile,” and “I Believe,” (the latter of which was a top downloaded song on Hawaiian iTunes). He’s worked with superstar musician Shaggy on their charismatic and charming song “Touch Down.” And most of all, Iakopo’s newest material is truly combustible.
Austin’s Grupo Fantasma enters their 19th year as a band with an exciting new record and a fresh take on their unique sound. With six previous albums in their back catalog, plus collaborations and backing gigs with the likes of Prince, Spoon and Los Lobos, not to mention a GRAMMY award and a loyal fan base, they are ready to turn people’s heads again with American Music: Vol. VII (Blue Corn Music).
It’s been five years since they’ve been in the studio, and this time around they’re working with the multi-talented Carlos “El Loco” Bedoya, a highly regarded Miami-based Colombian producer, audio engineer, musician, and songwriter. His credits are extensive, having worked with artists as diverse and successful as Beyoncé, Weezer, and ChocQuibTown. According to the band, Bedoya “brought with him a wealth of knowledge and experience as mixer and engineer as well as huge ears and skills as a musician and songwriter.” In addition, Grupo has changed recording facilities and composing scenarios, and are collaborating with special guests more extensively, as well as experimenting with a lot of new, interesting instrumentation, all of which contribute to the record’s familiar yet powerfully fresh vibe.
It’s important to stress that Grupo has always had a special polyglot flavor that is an amalgamation of disparate sonic and thematic elements that defy easy characterization and seem to cohere with an impressive naturalness and grace. It’s an expansive and layered sound too, with two lead singers, multiple percussionists, a big brass section, prominent electric guitar, catchy bass lines, plenty of changes, and a whole plethora of influences. Thematically, the band’s lyrics range from the personal to the universal, the political to the social, from party tunes to down-tempo laments that carry the weight of romance gone wrong, loss and disappointment. So in these respects, nothing has radically changed with this new album. Yet there are definitely differences as well.
For instance the track “LT” is not only sung in English (a rare occurrence with the band) but features a guitar sound that is inspired by ‘70’s Turkish psychedelia plus the dhol drumming of Red Baraat’s Sunny Jain. Several songs feature Colombian folkloric instrumentation of gaita and maracas, as well as accordion work that calls to mind both Colombian vallenato and Tex-Mex courtesy of Mr. Vallenato and Josh Baca (from the Grammy winning Texmaniacs). In a first for the band, an outside lead vocalist, Tomar Williams (of Tomar and the FC’s), was brought in for the boogaloo cut “Let Me Be” which also features him playing electric organ and the backup vocals of the Soul Supporters.
“The Wall” is another collaborative effort featuring members of Ozomatli and Locos Por Juana that swings from hard Latin funk to hip-hop, like a modern-day take on War or Mandrill. According to the band, the song “questions the definition of an ‘immigrant’ and what makes one illegal.” While Grupo isn’t really known for being overtly political, “The Wall” speaks volumes about what has been going on in terms of immigration, borders, homeland security and identity politics during the current divisive administration. The album was recorded at Sonic Ranch, the world’s largest residential recording complex and long on Grupo’s bucket list, located in the tiny border town of Tornillo, Texas, which, soon after Grupo finished their sessions at the ranch, became infamous as the site of an enormous and shameful immigrant detention center where countless children were housed separately from their families. As the band says, “this dissonance certainly impacted the album and inspired our message later on as we were creating lyrics and forming the message of the songs and the project as a whole.”
Indeed, the very title of the record takes issue with these definitions of identity, borders and who is illegal or “other.” As the band says, calling it American Music: Vol. VII was a “direct response to the concept of identity as well as the pigeon-holing of our music, which we’ve dealt with throughout our careers.” In presenting their unique multi-ethnic musical mix to audiences over the years, Grupo were constantly challenged by “the concept of identity, citizenship, and the nationality of music,” especially in the press and music industry. Yet, as they attest, in many ways “music is the ultimate assimilator, crossing borders and cultures and mutating to represent the experiences of its performers.” Though often labeled as Latin, the band feels they do not have a national identity other than that of being from the US and in this way, Grupo’s music is an inspiringly honest expression of their multicultural American experience. None of the band members can look to a recent homeland in Latin America other than singer/percussionist José Galeano, hailing from Managua, Nicaragua, but now a long time US citizen who calls Texas his home. Though Grupo has lyrics in Spanish and certainly references the musical traditions and rhythms of their heritage, they stress that “we also embrace and express the music of our home in Texas and American culture which we inhabit daily. We maintain that regardless of language, our music is ‘American Music’ because we are from here. Our music is a product of our circumstances and we can still celebrate ethnic and cultural heritage while asserting our identity as Americans and sons of this country.”
Though the half-decade since Problemas was recorded has been full of touring and creatively enriching side projects like Brownout, Brown Sabbath and Money Chicha, the band feels that “the fact that we were able to regroup and rally around new inspiration for a whole new release as we enter our 19th year is a feat unto itself for us. We know many bands don’t make it this far and this long.” Thankfully for their old fans—and the many more newbies this album is sure to gain—Grupo Fantasma has not only survived with their sound, vision and integrity intact, they have honed and improved their musicianship and compositional skills while managing to address meaningful, urgent issues in a thoughtful, non-dogmatic way, and thus have matured, evolved and been inspired to make their best, most impactful album yet.
After this past summer’s acclaimed project with The Nextmen, Gentleman’s Dub Club return with the hotly anticipated album, ‘Lost In Space.’ True connoisseurs of blending influences from genres such as dub, reggae, ska, bass culture, jazz, and everything in between, the band has adopted a futuristic tone as they continue their mission to discover the ultimate bassline. Pre-orders for the record launch started on Oct 5th with first single, ‘Stardust’ and second single ‘Turning Back’ (Featuring Million Stylez) was released on the 7th December. Third single ‘Light The Fuse’ was released on January 11th, and the full album is out today!
Teaming up once again with the mighty Easy Star Records has resulted in only one outcome: a euphoric journey through time, space and bass. Diving straight into the deep end with the ruckus that is ‘Light The Fuse,’ the record is set up with rumbling heavyweight bass movements that naturally match the controlled chaos of ‘Eye Of The Storm’ and ‘Midnight Healing.’ Meeting every unique end of the spectrum, Gentleman’s Dub Club once again draw on their incredible ability to fuse sounds together until they feel like they’ve always belonged.
From the earth-rattling sounds of the first single ‘Stardust,’ to the blockbuster proportions of ‘Intergalactic’, the deep undulations of ‘Ground Shakin’ and onto the beautifully melodic and aptly titled ‘Out Of This World’ – no comet is left unburnt. Joining the band on this interstellar adventure are the equally awesome Million Stylez and Winston Francis, who feature on ‘Turning Back’ and ‘Walking Away’ respectively, both of which have feel-good, ear-to-ear smile vibes throughout.
The well-known role of a debut single from a forthcoming album is to set the tone and create an intro for the delights that are to follow – ‘Stardust’ did exactly that, announcing itself with a flourish of fanfare-like horns, and getting straight down to business as lead singer Johnny Scratchley delivers the anthemic chorus: “Stardust rushing through my bloodstream / I wanna get higher”. The tension builds as the horns come back in and we cascade into a heavyweight one-drop riddim, giving anyone within earshot no choice but to start moving to that irresistible GDC groove. We are then taken on a mission seen through a kaleidoscope, blasting off into outer space as the intoxication takes hold. Hedonistic scenes run alongside intergalactic imagery, until the post-chorus draws everything together with the declaration “I found myself lost in space”.
Gentleman’s Dub Club are firing themselves up for a big 2019, as second single ‘Turning Back’states: “There ain’t no turning back, get ready cause we’re on the attack.” Released on the 7thDecember, this reggae masterclass takes it up a notch with the unmistakable eccentric vocals of Million Stylez. Overflowing with groove and an infectious rhythm, it’s impossible not to move to this track. Infused with the origins of rocksteady, whilst combining the explosive signature rhythms that GDC are known for, ‘Turning Back’ ticks just about every box there is to tick.
Third single ‘Light The Fuse’ kickstarts GDC’s year with explosive impact. The phrase ‘start as you mean to go on’ couldn’t be more apt with this deep dub roller. If there was ever a track to start an album this is it, a no nonsense, get-up-and-go banger that encapsulates the space theme and introduces the Gents with the energy levels set to maximum.
A colossal 2018 saw Gentleman’s Dub Club take their energetic, jaw-dropping live show across the UK, Europe, and beyond, with a hefty touring schedule including world famous festivals such as Bestival, Shambala and Boomtown, and gigs in such far flung places as Tunisia, Iceland and La Réunion. Add to that the devastating uppercut that was ‘Pound for Pound,’ where they teamed up with The Nextmen alongside the likes of Joe Dukie (Fat Freddy’s Drop), Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), Kiko Bun, and Hollie Cook (to pick just a few), and their call-up from the King himself, David “Ram Jam” Rodigan, for a special one-off takeover of his BBC 1 Xtra show, it isn’t hard to see why this year will be classed as a monumental 12 months for the band.
For now, it’s time to let the music do the talking – if you’ve been searching for an album to soundtrack a weekend of good vibes and a week of bouncing beats, countdown from 10 and find yourselves ‘Lost In Space.’
- Lost In Space (Intro)
- Light The Fuse
- Ground Shakin’
- Out Of This World
- God Of War
- Turning Back (Ft Million Stylez)
- Eye Of The Storm
- Midnight Healing
- Walking Away (Ft Winston Francis)
Austin TX based musician Frederico7 is proud to announce his debut solo album Exótico Americano, set for release on February 23, 2019. The album is an amalgamation of Frederico’s diverse background and experiences living in Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina before setting his roots in the “Live Music Capital of the World.” Exotico Americano fuses Afro-Brazilian rhythms with American Funk, Soul, Dub and Psychedelia, coming together to form Frederico7’s cohesive 21st century vision of Pan-American Soul.
Exótico Americano is an apt title for Frederico7’s debut album and the title track. Frederico explains, “The inspiration is the American Continent and its people. The revelation in the record is that we are ALL ‘Exótico Americanos’ regardless of race, national background, etc. I wrote the lyrics of the title track ‘Exótico Americano’ specifically to highlight that universality. It’s important to honor the indigenous keepers of the land and paying respect to the suffering source of the blues music. Also understanding that the riches we now enjoy were built upon the backs of millions and understanding we all have more in common than not.”
Frederico’s path began growing up in Brazil in a multi-cultural family during an economic crisis and the struggle to ‘fit into’ a socio-economic norm. From there, at the formative age of 16, his family moved to Mexico for a better economy. In Mexico, Frederico dove right in to the ancient mysteries, cultural riches and the creative and psychedelic adventures with a rich tradition. He learned Spanish and English and met Alex Marrero (Brown Sabbath/Brownout) and Pablo Larios and started a Latin Fusion band called Ghandaia that hit success with performances at Austin City Limits Festival (2006) and the San Jose Jazz Festival. At their peak, life gave Frederico a beautiful surprise; that he was going to become a father, and left the band and put music on hold to focus on family life, knowing that he would return.
And return he did. In 2010, he settled back in Austin, TX and collaborated with world class musicians in three standout bands including Os Alquimistas with percussionist Michael Longoria, with the World Funk Psychedelic band Suns of Orpheus, and the Brazilian 70s funk orchestra Macaxiera Funk. In 2015, Frederico recorded five demos during his travels to Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia, which were originally intended for an Os Alquimistas EP, but after the project dismantled, Frederico kept recording new music, which would evolve into his debut album with the help of co-producer Greg Jones. The album came to fruition over the next few years starting in Frederico’s home studio Lion’s Lair and then in acclaimed ATX studios including Adrian Quesada’s (Black Pumas, Brownout) Electric Deluxe Studios, Beto Martinez’s (Grupo Fantasma, Brownout, Money Chicha) Lechehouse Music, and the Texas Recording Conservatory Academy with Greg Jones.
Although it took Frederico three years to finish, a great feat for a father of two and full-time educator, the results are well worth the wait. Across the diverse set of ten tracks (and one remix), Frederico sings in three languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese) and brings all his influences from previous projects and personal experiences into the mix. For example, the title track (“Exótico Americano”) is a journey through the American continent fusing its cultures and stories with Frederico’s personal stories sung in both English and Spanish. The song is an anthemic blues rock track oozing with LatinX soul. With “La Miranda del Halcon” Frederico moves into a dreamy psychedelic ballad produced by Adrian Quesada, and on “Nature of Love” Frederico dedicates an upbeat dance tune drenched in soulful horns and sung in English to his wife. “Vibran los Ancestros” is a cumbia reggae tune with a Brazilian backbeat perfect for those hazy relaxing days, and the album closes with a bonus remix from Adrian Quesada of “Perola Negra” aimed at the dancefloor with its psychedelic disco soul.
Exótico Americano is an album that speaks to the times. The project is Frederico’s personal story of resilience, of being an immigrant, and of an artist who has been learning and growing across many cultures in the American Continent. It’s about being “the other” and not quite fitting in here nor there, but embracing all of the differences to unify rather than divide. Frederico concludes, “Everyday I’m reminded that my story is really that of many. In my heart we are all Exotic Americans that bring unique flavors and journeys to this melting pot that is AMERICA and THAT’s what makes this CONTINENT great.”
Monterey, CA (January 10, 2019) – The 10th annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival is proud to announce their final round of artists for their milestone 2019 event. Cali Roots X will take place at the historic Monterey County Fair and Event Center from May 24-26, 2019. Adding to the already stacked lineup is Slightly Stoopid and Friends, Atmosphere, SOJA, Tash Sultana, Citizen Cope, Steel Pulse, The Movement, Jesse Royal, Ballyhoo!,Ocean Alley and For Peace Band.
In less than ten years, Cali Roots has become the leading reggae and roots music festival in the U.S. by bringing like-minded artists from the scene together to showcase music, community, and culture. The event has garnered critical acclaim and coverage from national media outlets including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Pollstar, and Pitchfork. When many festivals are ending or taking a break, the strong community that Cali Roots built continues to grow with more international attendees and a massive streaming audience worldwide.
“When programming our ten year lineup, I knew I had to deliver the best representation of what embodies the event and couldn’t be happier with the results,” says festival co-producer Dan Sheehan. He adds, “The music is just the beginning. We are working with our visual artists for fresh art installations and our greening team to bring even more environmental initiatives.”
The 2019 festival will also feature a diverse lineup of the best food Monterey has to offer. Between sets, attendees can take in and enjoy pop up performances, DJ sets, and unique art installations. All of these fine details come together to create the Cali Roots experience. Early advance ticket sales will end today at midnight PST with advance GA and Redwood tickets on sale on January 11th at 10am PST. Full artist lineup and day by day breakdown is listed below.
Friday, May 24
- Stick Figure
- Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals
- Citizen Cope
- Steel Pulse
- The Green
- Common Kings
- The Skints
- Don Carlos
- For Peace Band
Saturday, May 25
- Slightly Stoopid and Friends
- Dirty Heads
- Tash Sultana
- The Expendables
- G Love and Special Sauce
- The Movement
- Iya Terra
- Jo Mersa Marley
- Ocean Alley
- Roots Of Rebellion
Sunday, May 26
- UB40 feat Ali, Astro
- Cypress Hill (performing Black Sunday)
- Collie Buddz
- Matisyahu (Performing songs from Live at Stubbs)
- Dread Mar I
- Jesse Royal
- Kabaka Pyramid
- The Elovators
The 10th Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival
Dates: Friday, May 24, 2019 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm PDT
Venue: Monterey County Fair and Event Center
Address: 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, CA 93940
Age restrictions: All Ages
Somewhere between the charisma of Frank Sinatra, the empathetic tone of Bob Marley and the smooth and sultry vocal runs of Lauryn Hill, lives the warm and kind voice of Sammy Johnson. The Australian native, New Zealand-bred soulful reggae star has just announced the release of his new EP Moonlight Lovers, Out Now, off Mensch House Records! Sammy has also just released the first single “A Dozen Roses” off his upcoming EP on SoulBounce!
A celebration of island reggae music, all of the songs on Moonlight Lovers were played and produced by Polynesian artists and musicians. Sammy says,“This is by far my favourite body of work because from concept to finish I was able to create exactly what I had dreamed of doing. During the process, I reconnected with people and my heritage and created new memories.”.
Growing up with an Australian mother and a Polynesian father, Sammy always felt a disconnect with his Polynesian side, he says, “I looked more polynesian but that was the extent of my knowledge, until one day a friend of mine gave me an album that basically opened me up to a whole world of music and culture I never knew. The album was Gratitude by Fiji.” Inspired by his Polynesian heritage, Sammy used old Polynesian folklore from Sina and the Eel (Samoa), Pana of the reef (Maori), Hinemoa & Tutanekai (Maori) and many others to tell the stories through song. Sammy says, “For me the writing process is all about being in the right space and being open to whatever is speaking to my soul at that time.”
Standout tracks on Moonlight Lovers include the lovely first song “Fools,” Sammy’s smooth voice serenades over a calming island strum in the background. The title track of the album, “Moonlight Lovers” is an alluring duet with Tree Vaifale about falling deeply in love. Sammy croons “You and I, until the sun goes down again.” “Getting Over You” will get listeners hips’ swinging to the dubby and catchy song about a trying to get over a long lost love, featuring Kaylan Arnold and Adough.
Sammy has remained busy releasing a constant influx of music since his breakthrough self-titled 2014 EP, which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Reggae Charts. He has since seen an organic growth as a result of his hard work and dedication to his craft, working as a music therapist social worker to a touring soul artist thanks in part to his first viral video “Don’t Say Goodbye.” Since his debut, Sammy Johnson has since enjoyed multiple sold-out performances and large festival appearances, and released his critically acclaimed EP ‘Sleepwalker’ earlier this year.
With the recent release of his single newest single “A Dozen Roses” off his upcoming EP Moonlight Lovers, Sammy Johnson is finding his way onto the radars of many, and is touring along the west coast for his winter tour. Supporting acts include vibrant artists NomaD, Etana,and Swells. Sammy’s goal for this tour is to make each stop a unique and interactive experience, reacting to the given energies rather than forcing uninspiring by-the-script performances so many touring bands fall victim to. Speaking on this sentiment, Sammy stated “When fans come to my show, I want them to really feel like they’re a part of it.”
- Dec 06 – Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theater
- Dec 07 – San Diego, CA – Music Box Theater
- Dec 08 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
- Dec 09 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
1 A.M a femcee coming out of Gilroy California is thrilled to release of her latest album “LVLS”. LVLS is a eight track album written, produced, and engineered by 1 A.M herself… 1 A.M. was Influenced by the musical culture of the bay area hyphy movement, California’s 90s hip hop, and todays mainstream rap; LVLS shows the versatility the femcee brings every time she grabs the mic. This album features local artist Static Electricity and co-engineered by Savant Rhymes. “Working as an independent artist, I want to make a difference in our community” says 1 A.M.
LVLS consist of eight tracks, which break down to six songs and two skits. With the lead single “like a Bish” bringing a mode day sound with catchy rhymes as the femcee tears down a former lover. At the same time songs like “Mary-Go-Round” and “Sympathy” showcase her diversity and range, while delivering withy rhymes and wordplay.
1 A.M. will be donating fifty percent of her album proceeds to help the California wildfire relief.
- Levels Intro (skit)
- Back to It
- Lil Bish (skit)
- Like a Bish
- On My Job
So, check out 1 A.M.’s Ep LVLS below and support local music.