Taken from ChartAttack (May 20, 2008)
Michael Franti & Spearhead Produce More Rebel Rockers
by ChartAttack.com Staff
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Michael Franti & Spearhead will release yet another album of political hip-hop, reggae and dub tunes when they drop their sixth album, All Rebel Rockers, on Sept. 9 through Anti- Records.
The 13-track disc is the follow-up to 2006âs Yell Fire! It was recorded in Kingston, Jamaica and produced by Sly & Robbie (Black Uhuru, Peter Tosh), who also helmed the boards for Yell Fire! All Rebel Rockers features guest appearances from Marie Daulne of Belgian Afro-pop group Zap Mama and Jamaican songstress Cherine Anderson.
âThis album is our tuffest yet, taking things deeper into the reggae/rock/dancehall groove than we have ever gone before, but without losing the revolutionary lyrics, catchy melodies, or the unifying power of music we have always championed,â Franti writes on Michael Franti & Spearheadâs website.
Franti goes on to write that All Rebel Rockers will be the bandâs âmost visual album to date.â Theyâve just shot videos for âA Little Bit Of Riddimâ and âAll I Want Is Youâ in Jamaica with director Ras Kassa (Beanie Man, Sean Paul).
âShooting videos on the streets of Kingston was an incredible experience because so many people came out to not only watch, but dance and get in on the act,â Franti writes. âMusic in Jamaica is a true communal experience!â
Videos for âHey Worldâ and âRemote Controlâ were recently shot in Indonesia with Carla Swanson, who edited his I Know Iâm Not Alone documentary, and Dugan OâNeal.
Franti has been making music since the â80s, when he was a member of hardcore punk/hip-hop band The Beatnigs. He later founded industrial/hip-hop crossover act The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy. Franti formed Spearhead after that group split in 1994, and they released their Home debut that same year.
Michael Franti & Spearhead will play the Winnipeg Folk Festival on July 10 and the Regina Folk Festival on Aug. 10.
Here are the tracks on All Rebel Rockers:
- âRude Boys Back In Townâ
- âA Little Bit Of Riddimâ
- âLife In The Cityâ
- âRemote Controlâ
- âAll I Want Is Youâ
- âSay Hey (I Love You)â
- âI Got Love For Youâ
- âSound Systemâ
- âHey Worldâ
- âThe Futureâ
- âHigh Lowâ
- âNobody Right Nobody Wrongâ
- âHave A Little Faithâ