Razteria

Razteria

 
 El Sobrante, California, USA
BandWorldReggae

An ethereal fusion of early No Doubt, Steel Pulse and Marissa Monte. 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.

Biography

Razteria can be described as a fusion of Marissa Monte, early No Doubt, and Steel Pulse. Her music unites Reggae, passionate Latin grooves, Rock, powerful messages and musical genius. Described as 'musically adventurous' and 'a one of a kind breaking of all rules' (1), Razteria's songwriting reflects her passion and strong commitment to social justice.

Razteria is currently in full production mode – her fifth album will be released in 2015. Tours are being scheduled in South America (February 2015), Europe (April 2015), and the United States (Summer 2015).

Razteria's multicultural background (US-born, Bolivian-Dutch heritage) has had a profound influence on her musical path. She has planted musical seeds in Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, USA and Europe (France, Switzerland), opening for international acts such as: Grammy award winning reggae artist Michael Rose, popular UK/JA lover's rock Lloyd Brown, The Garifuna Collective from Belize and US national touring artists Mystic Roots, Caribbean All-Stars and Taj Weekes & Adowa. Other noteworthy performances include World Fest Los Angeles, World One Festival, North West World Reggae Festival and the Montreal Jazz festival to name a few. Her music has been licensed by MTV's True Life series and various independent films.

In March of 2013, for International Women’s Month, 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, many cities on the West coast while raising contributions for A Safe Place, an Oakland based charity supporting victims of domestic violence. Razteria & Empress Meditations continue to perform in support of community-based organizations such as Bread & Roses.

MAZ RAZ (Album 2013)

Razteria's senior album "MAZ RAZ" was released Jan. 19, 2013 at the Neck of the Woods (Rockit Room), San Francisco. The album features 11 original tracks, 2 remixes, and four classic covers delving from reggae, to cumbia, ska and alternative rock. Featured covers include '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.

RAZTERIA (Album 2010)

The album titled RazteRia was released live at the Ashkenaz, Berkeley, CA, Sept. 23rd, 2010. 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 – Renee Asteria & Agent Double E

Razteria released her debut album ‘Renee Asteria’ in 2005, from which 2 tracks 'Curly Black Hair' and 'Oblivion' were licensed by MTV's True Life series. This was followed by her second album in 2007, 'Faces of Agent Double E'/ 'Caras de Agente Doble E’, a Reggae-infused, bilingual (Spanish, English) album produced in collaboration with Argentinian producer Matias Martyn while she was working as a research assistant for the University of Buenos Aires.  This album is known for its innovative 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'.

Band Members & Musician collaborators

Since 2009 she has been working with the Fyah Squad Band, with Waddell Bell on bass and Lou Neuburger on drums, recording her last 2 albums with these masters of rhythm and bass who have backed many artists including:  Wayne Wonder , Rocker T,  Junior Toots, Empress Meditations, Messenjah Selah and more.

Razteria is honored to have had the opportunity to work with musicians from all over the world! Please visit http://razteria.com for more information.

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

Addicted

Written By: Renee Asteria Penaloza

Just like that sweet stuff
I can't get enough
Pleasure and pain
Pleasure and pain
No need to deny it or mystify it
I live for you baby
I live for you baby

I'm addicted to your love
I'm addicted to you
I'm addicted to your love
You'll never be true

There's no need to deny it
Or mystify it
I live for you baby
I live for you baby
You are my malady
My alter reality
Put me in a daze, I'm lost in your maze
I'm crazy

I'm addicted to your love
I'm addicted to you
I'm addicted to your love
You'll never be true

(inst)

I'm addicted to your love
I'm addicted to you
I'm addicted to your love
You'll never be true

(inst)

I'm addicted to your love
I'm addicted to you
I'm addicted to your love
You'll never be true

I'm addicted to your love
I'm addicted to you
I'm addicted to your love
You'll never be true

Baila Negra

Written By: Traditional Colombian

Baila Baila Negra
Ay mueve la cintura
Que a mi me da locura
De ver te asi bailar
(x 2)
Con tu movimiento me voy a morir
Contu movimiento me vas a matar
(x 2)

Forget

Written By: Renee Asteria

I will never forget you
Will you forget me
I never ment to hurt you
I only wanted to give, give give give

Now I stand here alone
Without you by my side
I still remember your sweet caresses
And the look in your deep
Eyes

Discography

MAZ RAZ, Asteria Records, 2013 -http://cdbaby.com/cd/razteria3

Addicted/There is no End (vinyl single), Asteria Records, 2012 (email renee@razteria.com)

Addicted (mp3, single), Asteria Records, 2012, cdbaby.com/razteria2

RazteRia, Asteria Records, 2010, cdbaby.com/cd/reneeasteria

Faces of Agent Double E, Asteria Records, 2007, cdbaby.com/asteria2

Renee Asteria (debut), Asteria Records, 2005 (email renee@razteria.com)