MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD’S NEW STUDIO ALBUM
‘ALL REBEL ROCKERS’ OUT TODAY!
One of the most moving and politically charged writers, Michael Franti and his band Spearhead, return with their eagerly-awaited album, All Rebel Rockers, on September 9, via Anti-Records. Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica, with reggae’s most prolific production teams, Sly & Robbie (No Doubt, Alicia Keys, Sean Paul, Bob Dylan), this new release deviates from Franti’s previous sound and comprises a hybrid dub-infused soul flavor with some hard-hitting dub rock production. Alongside Dave Shul (guitars), Manas Itene (drums), Carl Young (bass) and Raleigh Neal (keyboards), the album also features Zap Mama founder Marie Daulne and Jamaican soul/dancehall star Cherine Anderson
.“The killer tracks here (and there are many) make for Franti’s sweatiest recent arguments that hope springs eternal.” – BILLBOARD
“It’s a perfect marriage of artist, attitude, style and producer, Franti immersing himself in the languid reggae grooves. All Rebel Rockers is surely an all-time high.” – THE INDEPENDENT
“Franti is an artist the size of a forest, his music is merely one tree and All Rebel Rockers is one spiffy branch.” – URB
CD, Deluxe, LP and Ultra Deluxe available now!
TENTH ANNUAL POWER TO THE PEACEFUL FESTIVAL
The 10th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival took place on Saturday, September 6th, in Golden Gate Park’s Speedway Meadows, from 11am to 5pm. The Festival, which was founded in 1998 by musician and activist Michael Franti in support of Mumia Abu-Jamal, is dedicated to educating attendees on issues of social justice, non violence, coexistence and environmental sustainability. The day was kicked off with yoga at 9am in front of the main stage. Performers included Michael Franti and Spearhead, Ziggy Marley, Warren Haynes, Rebelution, Martin Luther, King Britt, Cheb i Sabbah, and a variety of renowned DJ’s and other international acts. Speakers addressed a number of issues from the main festival stage and participated in a Social Forum Speaker Tent. Conscious Alliance hosted a Food Drive at the Festival to gather donations for the San Francisco Food Bank. Social and environmental justice organizations hosted informational tables in the park.
This year’s Afterparty included a GiveBack Lounge, a space where people could talk with representatives of several Bay Area community-based organizations about how their work addresses the needs of the world today. Sunday, September 7th offered a day of yoga hosted by Power to the Peaceful
Join us next year on Saturday, September 12, 2009!
We are pleased to announce the winner of the Online Power to the Peaceful Film Festival! Congratulations to Jacob Seigel-Boettner of Santa Barbara, California. His film “Mzungus in the Mist” documents the journey o