Brown Rice Family
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Brown Rice Family

Brooklyn, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | SELF

Brooklyn, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2006
Band World Roots





In addition to musicians from the US and Japan, Brown Rice Family has strong diaspora roots, including members from Haiti, Jamaica, Nigeria, and South Africa. The seven member, multi-national, brass supported, Afro and Reggae infused group entered the competition off a streak of notable performances and collaborations.

Partnering with Hip Hop Saves Lives (Chad Harper as MC) and Cocody Productions (Jake Bright as DJ), the group headlined Art for Africa Sotheby’s, hosted its album/video release concert at The Player’s Club, and was the opening act for Brooklyn Museum of Art’s debut 2012 Target First Saturdays.

Brown Rice also recently joined Hip Hop Saves Lives and Cocody Productions as house band to this summer’s Stonehenge Properties WAN LUV music series, to which Face2Face Africa is a partner.

At WNYC’s Greenspace Brown Rice’s Afro Caribbean infused set and engaging presence that inspires dancing from familiar and unfamiliar crowds alike won over judges and NYC residents, who voted by text and email for their favorite band.

“We did it! We brought the crown back to Brooklyn. Next is the Brooklyn Coliseum,” said Brown Rice front man Okai, referencing bringing the title of best band in the borough back to Brooklyn and the return of the Brooklyn Nets.

Those looking to check out Brown Rice Family can attend any one of the free WAN LUV events coming up in July, August, and September. Click here to view pictures from past events. In addition to performing a DJ drum circle on July 19 and 26, the band will headline WAN LUV in full on August 9. - SANDRA APPIAH

"Brooklyn's Soap Mixing,Music Making Japanese Rastafarians"

Back in 2001 and fresh from Shizuoka, a city near Japan's picturesque Mt. Fuji, Yuichi Iida found himself standing in Manhattan's Union Square, transfixed on a Rastafarian banging an African drum. The 20-year-old City College music student, sporting a head of dreadlocks, was hoping the percussionist, Jeremiah McFarlane, might teach him how to play.

Shy at first, Iida bought one of McFarlane's CDs and listened to it over and over. Soon after, through a mutual friend's introduction, he worked up the courage to ask McFarlane for lessons.

"He told me he wouldn't take money," recalled Iida....................... - NBC News Chris Fuchs

"Brown Rice Family, a World-and-Roots Group, Celebrates Its Album Debut"

Hailing from Brooklyn, the Brown Rice Family, a multi-cultural world music and roots band is set to release its debut album, “Brown Rice Radio Station.” The date is set for this coming Friday, December 2nd, at 7 p.m. at the Players Club in New York City................. - Blog/ Chad Harper

"Strike Up The Band: Q&A with Brown Rice Family"

Percussionist and producer Yuichi and his band, The Brown Family, are taking genre blending music to new heights. Combing jazz, afrobeat, reggae, rock, Latin rhythms, hip-hop, and funk, BRF have created a musical style that is truly global in nature. Brown Rice Family’s World Roots Music is an innate product of the culture of its members who hail from Japan, Jamaica, Haiti, Nigeria, South Africa, and America.
Brown Rice Family is made up of Yuichi, Okai (vocal/percussion), Sticky Rice (vocal/dancer), Soils (soprano sax/vocal), Isaiah (tenor sax/clarinet/harmonica), Amu (bass), Kaz (guitar), and Tama (drum). Driven by its belief of promoting self-improvement and environmental improvement, BRF’s goals extends beyond just making empowering music. They also encourage a healthy lifestyle by advocating eating naturally grown food and selling homemade organic soap..... - DZI: The Voice/ Yohance Kyles



Brown Rice Family

Havana to Kingston




Representing Japan, Jamaica, Haiti, Nigeria, South Africa and the U.S  

Brooklyn based band, WNYC's Ultimate Battle of the Boroughs Winners

 BROWN RICE FAMILY Today's freshest World Roots band jamming towards Global Solidarity and Organic happiness.; is a high-energy, eight-member ensemble that combines an eclectic mix of musical influences encompassing:

Reggae, SoulJah, Hip-hop, Dance-Hall, Brazilian, Afro-beat, Jazz styling, Latin, and Funk.'BRF' Believe in Yourself

With its members hailing from all over the world, Brown Rice Family draws on its diverse backgrounds to set the stage for their unique, colorful, rhythm-driven, and highly danceable sound.

The BRF sound is in the truest sense of the words World Roots Music.

BRF's colorful sound waves will carry rhythm surfers on a musical journey that straddles ancient and contemporary global sounds.

They firmly believe in self and environmental improvement, and so, is perpetually seeking out healthier ways of living, grooving, and eating; While spreading the message of ORGANIC LOVE through music.

Brown Rice Family took Japan by storm, "BRF is bridging cultures together while creating a fun atmosphere within improvisation. Amazing...," wrote Vogue Japan.

This "family" creates World Rhythm driven music and dance that is infectious and nutritious for every age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and group.

In tradition with BRF’s positive contribution to music and the world, the band has been teaming up with Carnegie Hall’s Professional Development Series with a music program that’s geared towards improving the lives of NYC’s incarcerated youths.