Razteria

Razteria

 
El Sobrante, California, USA
BandWorldPop

An ethereal fusion of early No Doubt, Steel Pulse and Sade. Uniting Reggae, passionate Latin grooves & Rock, powerful messages & musical genius.

Described as musically adventurous', 'a one of a kind breaking of all rules', Razteria's songs reflect her passion & strong commitment to justice.

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Biography

LATIN ROOTS, REGGAE RIDDIMS, ACTIVIST INTENT & STRONG FEMALE VOCALS

Razteria can be described as a Fusion of early No Doubt and Sade. Her music unites Reggae, passionate Latin grooves and Rock, powerful messages and musical genius. Described as 'musically adventurous' and 'a one of a kind breaking of all rules' (C. Foster, Reggae Update, getthebeat.com), Razteria's songwriting reflects her passion and strong commitment to justice.


VIDEO LINKS

Addicted (Official video)

Baila Negra (live at the Ashkenaz)

In You (live in Santa Cruz)

Mosquito (live at the Hopmonk Tavern)

MAZ RAZ ALBUM 2013

Razteria's senior album "MAZ RAZ" was released Jan. 19, 2013 at the Rockit Room, San Francisco. The album features an eclectic mixture of originals and covers including 'Where is my mind' by the rock band The Pixies, 'Chorando se Foi' (Lambada) by Bolivian folk group Los Kjarkas and 'There is no End' by the legendary roots-reggae band The Abysinnians. MAZ RAZ, was produced at Asteria Studio (El Sobrante, CA), engineered at Live Oak Studio in Berkeley, CA (Destiny's Child; Tony Toni Tone; Too Short) and mastered at TrakWorx, South SF.

March, 2013 International Womens Month (March 2013), Razteria joined the stage with Irae Divine, Queen Makedah and Sol Atash for the Empress Meditations Women for Peace Tour, an exciting and unique female showcase that delivers reggae and world music influences from all over the globe in 6 different languages. The tour, backed by the Fyah Squad Band, visited Sebastapol, Nevada City, Santa Cruz, Monterey and Pacifica, while raising contributions for A Safe Place, an Oakland based charity supporting victims of domestic violence. Empress Meditations has been touring all over the Pacific West Coast.

Rene Asteria has opened for international acts such as grammy award winning reggae artist Michael Rose and popular UK/JA lover's rock Lloyd Brown, The Garifuna Collective from Belize as well as national touring artists Mystic Roots, Caribbean All-Stars and Taj Weekes & Adowa. In 2008 she performed at The Montreal Jazz Festival as a featured artist of local band The Dub & the Restless. Other noteworthy performances include festivals and venues throughout the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, USA) and Europe (France, Switzerland). Her music has been licensed by MTV's True Life series and independent films.

2010 Album RazteRia

The album titled RazteRia was released live at the Ashkenaz, Berkeley, CA, Sept. 23rd, 2010. Featuring vocals, music and lyrics by Rene Asteria, vocals by Godelive and musicians Waddell Bell (Wadi-B bass), Lou Neuburger (drums), Joe Bressler (keys, RIDDIMBANK) and Luke Thomas (guitar, Eenik, Los Angeles). Feature tunes include: 'Risk'/'Risk Remix', a Reggae tune promoting a message of safe sex and HIV/AIDS prevention featuring international female rap Artist Raw-G on the remix version, 'Illegal' a Roots-Reggae, Abyssinians-style tune dedicated to the struggle of immigrants, hypnotic '2-Faced' and 'La Baja'.

Prior to 2010

Razteria' multicultural background (US-born, Bolivian-Dutch heritage) and strong commitment to social justice, have had a profound influence on her musical path. Razteria, performing under her name Rene Asteria, has planted musical seeds through out the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, USA) and Europe (France, Switzerland).

Debuting in 2005 in San Francisco, she released her debut album 'Rene Asteria', from which 2 tracks 'Curly Black Hair' and 'Oblivion' were licensed by MTV's True Life series.
In 2007, Rene Asteria, while working as a research assistant for the University of Buenos Aires, she met Argentinian producer Matias Martyn and produced her first Reggae-infused, bilingual (Spanish, English) album, 'Faces of Agent Double E'/ 'Caras de Agente Doble E' with tunes 'Vinchuca' and 'Mosquito', about Chagas disease and Dengue fever prevention. 'Vinchuca' has been used to raise awareness about Chagas disease ('Arte, Ciencia y Chagas: miradas posibles, dilogos necesarios'). Both tunes were rereleased on Razteria's 2013 album 'MAZ RAZ'.


Lyrics

Illegal

Written By: Renee Asteria


ILLEGAL

Illegal immigration is an illusion
If you think this untrue – better pick up their tools and work

Single woman cleaning de home of another
caring for de children of another
Wonders when she will tend to her own
Tip toeing never knowing if she will stay or go
No choice no voice No choice no voice

A man pick axe in hand fixing the road which he never use
Beginning to confuse
day w night night w day day w night night with day
Dreams of home wife children
Dreams of his return

Illegal immigration is an illusion
If you think this untrue – pick up their tools
Illegal immigration is an illusion
If you think this untrue – pick up their tools
and work

Instrumental

Young couple sowing de seeds of another
Sowing de seeds for Another
Wonders when they’ll tend to her own
Back Breakin work no refaining
Back Breakin only sustaining
Exploited For our basic necessity
Exploited for the sake of luxury
For many years Too Many years For many years too many years
Its time for Change bout time for Change Its time for Change Bout time for a CHANGE

Illegal immigration is an illusion
If you think this untrue – pick up their tools
Illegal immigration is an illusion
If you think this untrue – pick up their tools
and work
Illegal immigration is an illusion
If you think this untrue – pick up their tools
Illegal immigration is an illusion
If you think this untrue – pick up their tools
and work