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Nama Rupa

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"Madison Music Project -- Nama Rupa"

Today's highlighted Madison music act is Nama Rupa.

Listed within the genres of funk, hip-hop, psychedelic and reggae, Nama Rupa describes itself in the files of the Madison Music Project as a "reggae riot dance party!" More information is available in their registry biography:

Tyson, Paul and Jason are three in the tree and would like to speak about life and music in a positive manner. Seeing through the smoke can be humbling "i'd rather be a victim of natural cause than your man made laws". anyway, blessings.

Jason provides the vocals and guitar, Tyson provides more vocals and the bass, and Paul is responsible for the drums. Their MySpace page features four tracks by the group along with further details of their origins and show schedule.

The next show featuring Nama Rupa is set for tonight -- Monday, Oct. 9 -- at the High Noon Saloon, where they will be performing alongside U-Melt and Run Side Down. The image at top right is a flyer promoting this show. - Isthmus, The Daily Page, Kristian Knutsen on Monday 10/09/2006 10:10:31,

"A.V. Madison"

Public Property and Nama Rupa
High Noon Saloon
Thursday, August 23rd

Madison group Nama Rupa doesn't let listeners relax as much (as Iowa City's Public Property), plunging earnestly and urgently into reggae's syncopations and political rants. - The Onion

"A Band with your Beer"

But the occasional impromptu star turn doesn't really pay the bills. Big Crowds do, and Zierten's happy to report that Mr. Roberts is seeing more of them. The bar's audience for reggae hybrids is also starting to expand, with Nama Rupa joining Reason for Leaving and Jose and Sumlimes as some of Mr. Roberts' most reliable draws. - The Isthmus, Tom Laskin


Recent News:

*Nama Rupa's new studio release for Spring 2010 is currently being mixed and mastered with Mark Whitcomb at DNA Studios in Madison, WI.

*Strong regional grassroots development and performances at Wakarusa, Live Earth Music Festival, Harvest Fest and Job Fest have helped Nama Rupa become a requested and respected act by fans of all genres of music.

*Regular airplay on community radio stations including 89.9 WORT's Tropical Riddims and televised appearances on Urban Theater.

*Live Album "Live! For The People" released Summer 2008 (did surprisingly well in Australia!).

*Nama Rupa has also performed as the backing band for Natty Nation including, touring, televised broadcasts on PBS and Urban Theater, as well as, appearing on two full-length Natty Nation albums including 2008's "Reincarnation".

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"Nama Rupa... plunging earnestly and urgently into reggae's syncopations and political rants." - The Onion

Nama Rupa is a fresh and soulful musical energy from the Midwest, currently with a home base in Madison, Wisconsin.

Lending a hand to the "one love" reggae community, Nama Rupa has shared the stage with Lee "Scratch" Perry, Devon Evans of The Wailers, Sister Carol, Natty Nation, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Jah Roots, The Cool and Deadly, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Public Property, The Beautiful Girls, Heavyweight Dub Champion, The Drastics and many others.

Dubbed by the press as a "reggae hybrid", Nama Rupa offers a fresh blend of conscious, reggae dub with strong funk, hip-hop and rock undertones. Eclectic beats, catchy melodies and a psychedelic vibe keep fans dancing; while the lyrics, flowing from self-reflective to socially critical, keep them thinking.

Nama Rupa has developed a remarkably healthy fan base throughout the Mid-West in a small time period, performing at venues from Eau Claire, WI to Springfield, MO and everywhere in between and is preparing to move into the national scene.

Whether fast or slow, the songs are always groovin' and Nama Rupa is sure to keep any venue on their feet, dancing and thirsty.