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Burning Star

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The best kept secret in music


"Network Magazine"

Burning Star is "...a unique and captivating blend of Soul, Funk, Latin Jazz, Middle Eastern and Hip-Hop...Burning Star arouses the audience with a dynamic stage presence that often includes three vocalist. - Staff Writer

"L.A. Weekly"

"Burning Star, whose hip-hop worldbeats motivated body shaking usually experienced only during religious visions...rhythms originated from the primordial recesses of the soul." - Gustavo Arellano

"Redman's Opinion"

"Live Stage Sound, Ethnic Original, Marijuana Coffee Shop Music" - Redman AKA Reggie Noble

"Will.I.AM from Black Eyed Peas"

"Burning Star is conscious, open up your mind Hip-Hop. It's not "Bling-Bling", but bring-bring." - Will.I.Am

"Taboo from Black Eyed Peas / Montezuma Project"

"Burning Star = Cultural hip-hop + mission music. The fire of Universal living expressed in notes and chords. Sounds morale for the street soldiers." - Taboo AKA Jim Louis Angry Foot

"Brother J from X-Clan"

"Burning Star is the new coming of universal music for the world." - Brother J

"Cody ChesnuTT"

"A living and spirit filled example of how the Truth of the Lord is moving upon his earth in these times." - Cody ChesnuTT

"Rock City News"

"The songs are not only strong, also positive, spiritual, social and political with a universal message of "unity through music"... - Freelance Writer

"Pasadena Courier"

"One could describe their sound as hybrid of reggae and Latin music and Hip-Hop Soul vocals with an emphasis on the SOUL. - Kellie Keenan / Staff Writer

"Jointz Magazine"

From the depths of the universe, sent by a force greater than man could muster, ascend the 7 energetic beings chosen to spread the righteous word and bring mankind enlightenment through music. - ediS kraD AKA Dark Side


Self Titled Debut Album "Burning Star".
1. Intro
2. Creations
3. Warriors
4. On My Own Featuring Will.I.Am from Black Eyed Peas
5. Travelin'
6. Full Control
7. Victory
8. Elementary
9. Breathe
10. No
11. Velas Featuring Taboo from Black Eyed Peas, Andy Vargas from the Carlos Santana Band, Olmeca from Slowrider and Martha Gonzales from Quetzal
12. Intro-(Lanto del Cielo)
13. Lost Souls
14. In the Distance.

Bonus Tracks
21. Maze of Man
22. Warriors / Will.I.Am Dub Remix

Video for "Warriors" is featured on LATV, Mun2-Off Tha Roof.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Burning Star emerged into the Los Angeles music scene in 1998, capturing the attention of a diverse and conscious listening audience. Often described as eclectic soul, this multi-cultural band arranges music that includes an eclectic mix of Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soul, Gospel, Funk, Latin Jazz and Middle Eastern Music. They find inspiration in the cultural diversity and experience of its band members; who offer their own musical influence to create a harmonious sound reminiscent of the late 60’s and early 70’s, when music was played and its spirit celebrated.

Bringing together seven of Los Angeles’ best musicians, Burning star is compromised of: Koliyah Whitecloud (M.C., Lead Vocals), Yoshua Alvarez (M.C.,Vocals), Quincy McCrary (Vocals, Keyboards), "Alter" (Guitar) Emilio Saenz (Bass Guitar), Cisco Huete (Drums), Gerardo Morales (Latin Percussion). The band features lyrics that speak of the constant common struggle for dignity, family, community and strength from culture. Its members not only reach out to their community through their compositions, but also utilize art as a tool for the reconstruction of their community through the participation of community-based programs.

Some of the artist who have influenced the band’s sound are Bob Marley, Jimmy Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Tito Puente, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and many more. "All of these great artists have influenced and molded us", said Emilio Saenz, bassist. Now, in a time where Hip-Hop plays a huge influence on popular culture, and also leads an ethno-cultural movement, Burning Star combines these elements to create their own melodic sound.

Gaining their reputation as an explosive live act with dynamic stage presence, Burning Star has opened up for and performed with a wide range of artists , such as : Mos Def, KRS One, Black Eyed Peas, Ozomatli, and Linkin Park. And have performed at major concerts and festivals, like the Cypress Hill Smokeout, the B-Boy Summit, Phuture Music Festival and DUB Magazine’s Anniversary Bash. The band also recently concluded a California tour with the Grammy award wining, high-energy group-Ozomatli.

In the renaissance era of Hip-Hop, Burning Star is bridging the gap between the old and new. Their cross over appeal has lead to a devout following that virtually no other underground artist or group has achieved without aggressive marketing and promotion. Due to their diverse sound, their fan base often ranges from hard-core metal kids, to serious Hip-Hop heads.

Burning Star is an eclectic fusion of world music, at a time in the industry where "music" is often created in the boardroom. Their compositions are original, melodic and high energy, played by musicians: not programmers using samples and loops. Their songs are not only strong, but also positive, spiritual, social and political with a universal message of: “unity through music" This is a collective, you wont want to miss.