Black Nature Band

Black Nature Band

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Biography

Black Nature is an original musical artist who composes and performs positive music that incorporates a unique blend of African Rhythms, Reggae, Dancehall, Rock, Hip-Hop and R&B. He is also a musical producer and filmmaker.

As a young child, Black Nature began singing and playing percussion, and he was greatly influenced by the rich musical culture of Sierra Leone. In the midst of the country’s brutal 10 year civil war, he fled to neighboring Guinea where he was placed in a refugee camp. During his time at the camp, he and other Sierra Leonean refugees formed a band that later became the world renowned Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.

For the first few years, this band composed and performed original music to entertain their fellow refugees. They actually had to make their own instruments from the few materials available to them at the camp. In 2002, the group met documentary filmmakers Banker White and Zack Niles along with the talented musician Chris Velan. Banker, Zack and Chris followed the group from one refugee camp to another, creating a documentary of the band's experiences living and performing in the various refugee camps in Guinea. After three years in production, this documentary, entitled The Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, became an international success, winning eleven awards in various categories and is currently available on Netflix. For more information about the documentary, please visit www.refugeeallstars.org.

Following the release of the documentary, the band toured internationally for nine years and developed a loyal following. They have performed at events such as Red Rocks in Colorado, Life is Good Festival in Boston, Bonaroo Festival in Tennessee, Fuji Rock in Japan, Outside Lands in San Francisco, Central Park Summer Stage in New York, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, SXSW in Austin, Jam Cruise 9, the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Save the Children in New York and a variety of other notable venues and major festivals worldwide.

Two of the Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars’ songs were featured on the soundtrack to the movie “Blood Diamond” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and they have appeared on Oprah, CBS, CNN, NPR, KEXP and many other US and European radio and news stations, establishing the band’s success and notoriety in the industry.

Over the years the Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have also collaborated and performed with many other well known musicians such as Aerosmith, Dispatch, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Lee Scratch Perry, Burning Spear, Damian Marley, Wyclef Jean, Chadwick Stokes, Mavis Staples, Trombone Shorty, Bonerama, Chris Velan, Dan Zanes, and Toubab Krewe.

The Band

While remaining a member of the Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Black Nature also established his own band in San Francisco over a year ago, called the Black Nature Band. The band includes a diverse group of musicians from San Francisco, San Diego, Brazil and Hawaii.

This rapidly growing band has been performing as both an opening act and as a headlining act in various venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, such as the Independent, Kimo’s, Grant and Green, the Bissap Baobab, Amnesia, the Rockit-it Room, 50 Mason, the Boom Boom Room, Moe’s Alley, the Mardi Gras San Francisco Style Festival 2012, Santa Clara University and several other local schools and non-profit agencies. These performances were well received by various audiences. The band also appeared on the KSCU Radio Station, KPOO Radio Station and the African Channel.

Additionally, Black Nature regularly performs as a guest vocalist with various artists, such as Rupa and the April Fishes, Chris Velan, Swoop Unit, Wontana Revolution, Sila, YoMama’s Band and many other local and international touring bands. He was also invited to perform as a guest artist with Toubab Krewe on the 2012 Jam Cruise 10.

Black Nature is available for performances at music venues, festivals, schools, colleges, non-profit organizations,

Lyrics

Rise and Shine

Written By: Black Nature

Verse 1:
Sometimes you feel like you’re drowning,
You’re feeling like you’re trapped, in this world. (Dang dang da da ding ding!)
Looking out for someone to rescue you, (ooh!)
because your days are turning blue. (Oh yeah!)
Your life is turning upside down, (Ahh!)
You don’t even know who is you,
I say…

Chorus:
Get up and shine yeah!
You better do it, do it, do it now I say.
Get up and shine yeah!
Oh yeah, oh yeah)
Get up and shine yeah!
You better do it, do it, do it now I say.
Get up and shine yeah!
Oh yeah, oh yeah!

Verse 2:
Put away your fears and rise and shine now, (Dang dang da da ding ding!)
You gotta do your best and be proud of yourself. (Yes, you be the lion)
Put yourself out there the world needs you,
Every single day it’s a brand new day. (Every single day it’s a brand new day.)
Things are not the same our life is like a game (Eh!)
And if you lose there is no one to blame,
My brother so…

Chorus:
Get up and shine yeah!
You better do it, do it, do it now I say.
Get up and shine yeah!
Oh yeah, oh yeah)
Get up and shine yeah!
You better do it, do it, do it now I say.
Get up and shine yeah!
Oh yeah, oh yeah!

Verse 3:
I have come a long way, my life has much much changed (Our lives have brought more change).
I rose from the ashes, lives rearranged
From the refugee camp and now things are not the same
So I’m reaching out to share this message!

Put your hands up in the air… if you’re ready to Rise and Shine now.
Put your hands up in the air… and say Rise and Shine now.
Put your hands up in the air… if you’re ready to Rise and Shine now.
Put your hands up in the air…

Chorus:
Get up and shine yeah!
You better do it, do it, do it now I say.
Get up and shine yeah!
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Get up and shine yeah!
You better do it, do it, do it now I say.
Get up and shine yeah!
Oh yeah, oh yeah!

Put your hands up, put your hands up.
Put your hands up, put your hands up I say!