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World War Peace

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Celebrate Poetry Month with Oakland-based poet-musician Keno, who performs songs from his CD "World War Peace" at Barnes & Noble at Oakland's Jack London Square. Keno's got the mellowist voice and an incredible warm spirit — yet his recording has a urgency that will move your soul. Listening to his call for peace, you almost feel like his dream will come true. He'll be at the bookstore between 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday; the address is 98 Broadway. For more information about this man with a vision, visit or call (510) 272-0120.
- Leslie Katz

"Britney's repackaging hits, Keno's a poet of peace"

By Leslie Katz, STAFF WRITER
Friday, November 05, 2004 - Britney Spears, "Greatest Hits: My Prerogative" (Jive)

Recognizing the fact that much attention -- media and otherwise -- is often squandered on subjects not worthy of it, we'll keep this review short.

Let's give credit where credit is due. Spears, employing gobs of programmers, engineers and photographers, is undoubtedly good for the economy.

The music on the CD falls into two camps. The preferable tunes -- most written by producer Max Martin -- are the older, more melodic numbers from her teenypbopper era. They're songs she actually seems to sing. Oddly enough, the disc's most believable song -- even more than her unnecessary remake of Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative" -- is the cagey "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman."

The newer dance-oriented material from her more current sex-bomb phase, including "Me Against the World," her duet with Madonna, and the R. Kelly tune, "Outrageous," couldn't sound more manufactured.

Keno, World War Peace (Poetry Rock)

In what might be considered the polar opposite of Britney Spears, Oakland resident Keno Elanz Mapp has assembled a cast of fine musicians to assist him in this self-released recording (visit that, in spirit, resembles the serious, gutsy rock sounds made by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison decades ago.

Among the guests on the album -- which apparently is getting play on Live 105 -- are Pink Floyd's Durga McBroom on background vocals, Fishbone's Angelo Moore as guest poet, Journey's Atma Anur on drums and Vicious Rumors' Ira Black on guitar.

Cina Wakasa plays the shakuhachi, a Japanese "healing flute," to nice effect on the particularly soothing "How Do You Teach Your Child About War?" The song is co-written by guitarist Juan Richardson, who contributes several tunes to the collection.

Not anyone can write decent poetry. But Keno's lyrics preaching peace and love combine convincingly with the classic rock elements on most of the tunes, the notable exception being Moore's lengthy spoken-word piece, "The Doves of Peace and Love," which has decidedly jazz overtones.

Keno, whose day job is at a bank, is a member of the Punany Poets. Mostly, he cares about doing "something positive for the planet," and that's what he's doing here. - Oakland Tribune


Keno World War Peace is in all stores (Virgin, Tower, etc..) and is also available for download through iTunes and all the other cyber outlets.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Rock'in hard! In line with U2's message, World War Peace is a funky rock ride towards better. Keno and his group's music is very up beat, while still touching on issues we all share today. "What Is Waiting On Us Tomorrow" and "You Got To Believe" are some of the original songs performed along with covers from the likes of Sly and the Family Stone and striking poetic pieces reminiscent of The Doors. This All Star cast of musician's sets the stage off and will leave you feeling, thinking and wishing for more. It seems like "The Worlds Lost Its Way" and through music they wish to offer a fun positive experience that becomes a spirit catching eye opener for us all.
We only want to help the planet for it needs it...