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Razteria

San Francisco, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2005 | INDIE

San Francisco, CA | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2005
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Aug
08
Razteria @ Musikfest

Bethlehem, PA

Bethlehem, PA

Aug
07
Razteria @ Musikfest

Bethlehem, PA

Bethlehem, PA

Feb
11
Razteria @ KALX-FM

Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA

Jan
24
Razteria @ Private Show

Cochabamba, Bolivia

Cochabamba, Bolivia

Jan
20
Razteria @ Private Show

San Pablo, La Paz, Bolivia

San Pablo, La Paz, Bolivia

Dec
17
Razteria @ La De Dios

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dec
16
Razteria @ Private Show

Villa crespo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Villa crespo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dec
10
Razteria @ The Y House

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dec
10
Razteria @ Parque Centenario

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dec
06
Razteria @ Pelagatos

San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dec
04
Razteria @ Asociacion Civil la Tribu

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dec
03
Razteria @ Nivangio

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dec
01
Razteria @ La Cultura del Barrio

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nov
11
Razteria @ LoftA46

Montreux, Vaud, Switzerland

Montreux, Vaud, Switzerland

Nov
05
Razteria @ S'Beer

Ferney-Voltaire, Rhône-Alpes, France

Ferney-Voltaire, Rhône-Alpes, France

Nov
04
Razteria @ ICV Arcade

Genève, Geneva, Switzerland

Genève, Geneva, Switzerland

Nov
03
Razteria @ ÔBrasseur SARL

Saint-Genis-Pouilly, Rhône-Alpes, France

Saint-Genis-Pouilly, Rhône-Alpes, France

Nov
02
Razteria @ Rue des Voisins

Genève, Geneva, Switzerland

Genève, Geneva, Switzerland

Sep
30
Razteria @ Kropl´s Bierhaus

Cochabamba, Cochabamba, Bolivia

Cochabamba, Cochabamba, Bolivia

Sep
24
Razteria @ Private Show

Tigre, Buenos Aires F.D., Argentina

Tigre, Buenos Aires F.D., Argentina

Sep
09
Razteria @ Private Show

San Miguel, Buenos Aires, Argentina

San Miguel, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Aug
27
Razteria @ Private Show

Cochabamba, Bolivia

Cochabamba, Bolivia

Aug
10
Razteria @ Private Show

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Jul
25
Razteria @ Private Show

Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Jun
29
Razteria @ Private Show

Rhône-Alpes, France

Rhône-Alpes, France

Music

Press


Exotica exploits of a sensual kind from San Francisco’s intrepid chanteuse who knows no boundaries.

Renee Asteria’s fifth album may take her all over the place – so don’t be calmed by the cozy bossa nova of its acoustically laced title track – yet this place is inevitably sultry. Bringing in a variety of kindred spirits, the singer sometimes defies the circumstances of a song’s provenance, so you can never tell that the lazy “Zone” has been cut out of a long jam which happened on a Halloween night and then rhythmically augmented; and if Renee doesn’t go for a disguise here, guitar riffs of “Life” find her donning a heavy metal diva outfit.

Portuguese, Spanish, English and French get whipped up phonetically as dictated by the mood, and raps on the likes of “Change” – with Rahman Jamaal joining in for rhyming – are driven by pure passion. The same duo deliver a seriously charged performance on “Once Again” – throbbing, shining with brass, and then boiled down to natural essence in its majestic a cappella mix – but “Take My Hand” offers a catchy twist on funk to groove to before “Thankful” cracks a reggae smile to the world. It’s only on “Winds” that the song’s repetitiveness is chipping at its own progressive message, although this doesn’t matter much at the end of so fine a record. Maybe it’s not an adventure per se, but it’s an unexpectedly fine trip nevertheless. - Dmitry M. Epstein


Razteria (aka Rene Asteria) pode, perfeitamente, ser descrito como uma fusão entre os inícios dos No Doubt, Steel Pulse, Los Aterciopelados e Marisa Monte. Aventurera é o seu quinto disco de originais, lançado pela sua própria Asteria Records. Um disco que retrata as aventuras de cada um de nós, procurando para além do conhecido, tocando o desconhecido e desafiando-nos a nós próprios. É este o conceito subjacente a esta coleção de 12 faixas. Muito presente, como habitualmente, está a componente multicultural. Aliás, Razteria nasceu nos EUA, filha de bolivianos e holandeses tendo crescido em França. Só por isso, este facto já justifica essa abordagem multicultural que acaba por se repercutir quando quanta em inglês, espanhol, francês e português (neste disco a nossa língua não é utilizada). Uma viagem aventureira de música sem imposição de limites que vai dos ritmos latinos ao reggae com mensagens fortes. Em Aventurera, Razteria recorre ao talento de uma série de músicos da cena de San Francisco onde se incluem Sang Matiz, Rahman Jamaal, Carolyn Smith, Chatterbox, Seneca, Waddell Bell, bem como Lou Neuburger, (baixo e bateria, Fyah Squad Band), Raliegh Neal (teclados, Michael Franti and Spearhead), Jayme Arredondo (bateria, Don Carlos), Joe Newton (bateria), Anthony Ant (trompete), Dave Eagle (percussão) e Luke Thomas (guitarras). - Via Nocturna


Razteria

Aventurera

Review by G. W. Hill
This is pretty adventurous album. Given the fact that the title translates to that, it makes sense. There are female sung vocals and male raps at various points here. The female voice is present on every track, but the raps show up quite a bit. There are couple songs here in Spanish and one that is bilingual, but the rest are all in English. The music is essentially jazz, but there are world music things, Latin sounds, reggae, hip hop and more present. This is a very strong disc from the beginning to the end, really.




Track by Track Review

Aventurera
Bass starts this. The cut grows out from there into a jazzy kind of expansive number. It’s a really powerful and rather proggy piece. Yet, it’s also quite accessible. There is some traditional Latin music built into it mid-track, too. The lyrics are in Spanish.


Change
Energized Latin music is the concept here. There are a couple raps built into this. They are in English. Some of the sung vocals are, too. Some of the vocals are in Spanish, though.There are really some soaring moments on this thing.

Life
It’s part jazz, part Latin sounds and part proggy rock. It’s a great tune.

Take My Hand
This has c cool jazzy groove to it. It’s another song with a rap built into it.

Little Sister
This is a bouncy and rather fun tune. It’s built with some reggae in the mix. Some of the keyboard sounds are rather proggy. The vocals on this one are both jazzy.

Once Again
The arrangement here is one of the most dynamic and complex. This song is powerful and compelling. It has hip hop, soul, Latin sound and a lot more. This is one of my favorite tunes here, really.

Zone
I love the bass on this cut. The soaring jazzy musical textures of the piece work really well. There is a cool jazz-like bass solo mid-track that’s cool.

Thankful
The opening of this includes jazzy vocals with no instrumental accompaniment. As the music comes into it, the vocals are still in the same basic style. There is some reggae in the music. The vocals really carry this one.

The World
Folk, jazz and world music merge on this bouncy, energetic tune. I like this one a lot.

Winds
A mellower cut, the guitar brings some reggae to the mix. Overall, though, this is another tasteful jazz piece.

Can't Touch
Latin music and jazz merge on this effective tune. The vocals are more understated, more or less whispered here. They are also in Spanish. This is a very different piece. It’s also one of my favorites here.

Once Again
This is a nice change. It’s a purely acapella piece. Part of it consists of the jazzy sung vocals. Part of it is rap. The end result is a nice bit of variety and rather stunning in a lot of ways. I like this a lot. My only complaint is that it seems to go on a bit too long for my tastes. - Music Street Journal - GW Hill


Razteria Aventurera
Razteria (aka Renée Asteria) can be described as a fusion of early No Doubt, Steel Pulse, Los Aterciopelados, and Marissa Monte. She is releasing her 5th full-length album, Aventurera, worldwide through her own Asteria Records on March 18th, 2016, honoring spring. The album's first two singles and videos, Aventurera and Change, will be released on digital platforms January 15th and 22nd 2016, respectively. The album calls out to the adventurer in each one of us to go beyond what we know, reach into the unknown, and challenge ourselves to grow. This theme is woven into a concept across all 12 tracks, with each song being part of the "Aventurera's" story. "The Adventurer" is each of us, in one form or another.

Razteria's multicultural background (born in the USA of Bolivian-Dutch heritage and raised in France) has had a profound influence on her musical journey. Performing in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, her music has been described as -musically adventurous' and -one of a kind, breaking all rules,' uniting Reggae, passionate Latin grooves, Rock, powerful messages, and some real musical genius. She is known for her fat bass-lines, her simple yet intricate songs, and her signature ethereal harmonies. Over the past ten years Razteria, performing under both Razteria and Renée Asteria, has planted musical seeds throughout the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, and USA) and Europe (France, Switzerland).

Aventurera was recorded & produced at Razteria's own Truffula Oak Studio. The studio's name comes from being nestled in an old growth of live oak trees hidden in El Sobrante Hills, CA, and symbolizes a goal of sustainability with the imagery of the Truffula tree (the central focus in Dr. Seuss's environmentally themed classic "The Lorax"). This album is groundbreaking in its richness, showcasing a collaborative synergy with talented independent artists from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Artists featured on Aventurera include: Sang Matiz, Rahman Jamaal, Carolyn Smith, Chatterbox, Seneca, as well as Waddell Bell and Lou Neuburger (bass and drums, Fyah Squad Band), Raliegh Neal (keys, Michael Franti and Spearhead), Jayme Arredondo (drums, Don Carlos), Joe Newton (drums), Anthony Ant (trumpet), Dave Eagle (percussion), and Luke Thomas (guitar). Once the basic tracks were completed, James Ward of Live Oak Studio (Girl on Fire's Alicia Keys, Will Smith, Beyonce/Destiny's Child), with whom Razteria has been working for the past 9 years, helped her take the mixes to the final level, and Justin Weiss of Trakworx (Zion I, The Coup, Papa Roach, Chuchito Valdes & Eddy Navia) mastered the album. Two of the songs (Change and Little Sister) were mixed at Kinyama Sounds (Rootwords), a Suisse based label.

Razteria released her debut album Renée Asteria in 2005, produced on 2-inch tape at Closer Studios in San Francisco. In 2007, while working as a research assistant for the University of Buenos Aires, Razteria met Argentinian producer Matias Martyn (Univerzoo). They produced her first Reggae-infused, bilingual (Spanish/English) album, Faces of Agent Double E / Caras de Agente Doble E. Her next album, RazteRia, featured vocals, music and lyrics by Razteria, vocals by Godelive (an upcoming Congolese American singer), and musicians Waddell Bell (bass), Lou Neuburger (drums), Joe Bressler (keyboards), Luke Thomas (guitar), and a feature by Oakland based Mexican rap artist Raw-G on the remix Risk. Razteria's senior album, Maz Raz, was recorded and mixed at Live Oak Studio in Berkeley CA, (Destiny's Child; Tony Toni Tone; Too Short), and began to chart on the CMJ New World Chart in August 2015. Razteria's most recently released single was Little Sister, a lively pop-reggae tune that is the fruit of an international collaboration between Kinyama Sounds (Geneva, Switzerland) and Live Oak Studio (Berkeley, CA).

Razteria has opened for and performed with Grammy award winning Reggae artist Michael Rose, popular UK/JA lover's rock Lloyd Brown, The Garifuna Collective from Belize and others. Noteworthy performances include the Montreal Jazz Festival, Reggae on the River, World One Festival, Northwest World Reggae Festival, and World Fest Los Angeles, to name a few. Her music has been featured on MTV's True Life series as well as a few independent films.

On January 23, 2016 at the Ashkenaz in Berkeley, CA, Razteria, Sang Matiz, & Rahman Jamaal will present their new singles, Aventurera andChange, for the first time live in concert. Aventurera, the title track from Razteria's new album, blends South American sounds w/a flavor of Reggaeton, intertwining talents of Yuriza Jared (Sang Matiz) and Razteria.

Since 2013 Razteria has been a part of Empress Unification, a collective of Bay Area female artists who perform Reggae and World music in five different languages (English, Farsi, French, Portuguese, and Spanish), backed by The Fyah Squad Band. The purpose of the collective is to highlight the works and messages of female artists advocating peace, love and unity, as well as to raise funds and collect donations for local women's charities. The collective consists of Irae Divine, Razteria, Sol Atash, and Ariel Marin. In April 2015, as part of the UnderCover Presents production of Bob Marley's 'Exodus" album, Empress Unification & The Fyah Squad Band recorded the title track Exodus at Fantasy Studios, for which Razteria arranged and recorded the vocals and harmonies.

On Aventurera, Razteria is reinventing herself, branching out musically, learning to let go by releasing memories, and sharing her life lessons. She believes that there is something on this album that everyone will be able to make their own, relating to the messages embedded within the soundscapes of these songs. Razteria says 'It's the Aventurera who goes beyond the known, the comfort Zone, and is able to grasp, and be thankful for, the beauty of the unknown: the changes and challenges of Life."

Aventurera Single: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/aventurera-single
Change Single: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/change-single - Girl.com.au


Razteria is eigenlijk de schuilnaam van Renée Asteria, een jongedame van Boliviaans-Nederlandse origine, die opgroeide in Frankrijk en tegenwoordig opereert vanuit de heuvels van El Sobrance in California. Met deze “Aventurera” is ze aan haar vijfde plaat toe en ze grossiert daarop in een mix van pop, reggae en hedendaagse Braziliaanse rootsmuziek. Zoals de titel al aangeeft, roept Razteria elk van ons op om onze grenzen te verleggen, het onbekende te gaan verkennen en op die manier onszelf uit te dagen om te groeien. Voorwaar een resem nobele gedachten, die echter maar echt fijn worden, als ze ingebed zijn in aangenaam wegluisterende muziek.

In het geval van deze plaat, zijn dat elf door Renee zelf geschreven songs (eentje, “Once Again” wordt aan het eind van de plaat als “bonus-remix” een tweede keer opgevoerd, waarin bijna beurtelings de hierboven vermelde genres beoefend worden. Asteria zingt niet alleen afwisselend in het Spaans, Frans, Engels en Portugees, ze speelt zelf ook bas en daarbij omringt zij zich met een club uitstekende muzikanten, om haar ideeën vorm te geven.

Ik moet toegeven dat de reggaeritmes de plaat wel domineren, al gebeurt dat hier niet, zoals je bij al te veel wereldmuzikanten moet meemaken, omdat dat nu eenmaal makkelijk danst en omdat de inspiratie eigenlijk op was. De openende titeltrack zet meteen de toon: bas, drums en gitaar spelen een reggaedeun, maar de zanglijn die er overheen gedrapeerd wordt, heeft evenveel Mexicaanse als flamencokenmerken, zodat je al meteen een stoofpotje van leuke ingrediënten geserveerd krijgt. “Change” krijgt parlando-vocals, terwijl “Life” helemaal Latino klinkt, al wordt het i het Engels gezongen en al wordt er, naarmate de song opgebouwd wordt, een heel knappe rockpartij doorheen geweven.

Ik ga u niet vervelen met het overlopen van alle titels -u moet zelf maar eens gaan luisteren-, maar als ik u toch twee titels mag aanbevelen, dan zijn dat “Little Sister” -dat werkelijk alles heeft om de zomerhit van het jaar te worden en “The World”, dat een welhaast perfecte worldmusic song is: daar zit namelijk zowat alles in, waar je aan denkt, als je die term uitspreekt.

Ik beken: Razteria was voor mij een onbekende naam, maar ik voeg er meteen aan toe dat ik die naam niet snel zal vergeten, want haar “Aventurera” zorgde voor een heel aangename kennismaking. Iets zegt mij, dat we deze naam deze zomer ergens op een festival in de buurt te zien gaan krijgen. Mocht dat zo zijn, dan zou ik maar eens gaan kijken !

(Dani Heyvaert) - Rootstime


If you are looking for a musical trip to the islands, look no further than the Bay Area sensation Razteria. Her new album "Aventurera," is breath of Latin/Reggae music that will have you wishing for warmer climates. The new twelve-song release begins with the island flair of the title-song "Aventurera," before working in the pop/hip-hop feel of "Change." She brings us the up-tempo, hip-shaking rhythm of "Life" and adds some more hip-hop vocals to "Once Again." Razteria lets her voice fly over the reggae beats of "Thankful," before delivering the Latin feel of "The World." The new twelve-song release closes with the exotic movement of "Can't Touch" and the vocal bonus mix of "Once Again," which allows you to concentrate on her voice without the distraction of the music. To find out more about Razteria and her latest release "Aventurera," please visit razteria.com. - JPS Music - Eric Ambel


Razteria - An interview with the talented bay area singer/songwriter. "I have been singing ever since I have memories". Renee Asteria

Razteria (aka Renee Asteria) is a multi-lingual singer/songwriter out of the Bay Area in California. Experiencing a diversity of cultures as a young girl in being of Bolivian/Dutch decent and also growing up in France, Razteria brings a variety of cultural influences into her music. Although there is a heavy reggae feel mixed in with the gumbo of her musical style... one thing for sure... it's catchy and unique. She is releasing her 5th album in early 2016 titled "Aventurera", and judging from the title track single, you're going to want this album in your collection. Her experience from performing all over the world as well as appearing in major festivals, really shows in her creative songwriting. Razteria is backed up by top notch musicians on this release, and the collection of songs will make you feel like you're part of the adventure. I recently corresponded with Razteria about the new album and her career.

R.V.B. - Congratulations on your musical career up to this point. I understand the new album with be out in March... What kind of musical journey is in store for us?

Razteria - Thanks so very much – it’s been a journey creating this album as a it consists of songs written up to 11 years ago (3rd track LIFE) together with some written in the past few months (noteably tracks ONCE AGAIN and ZONE) and this adds to the diversity of sounds and messages you will find on the album. It begins with a danceable tropical South American sounding track which gives title to the album AVENTURERA,a collaboration with Afro-funk band Sang Matiz, a song in Spanish about how the adventurer inside each of us has the power to heal. It is seconded by the trilingual (English, Spanish, French) single CHANGE, which empowers us to grasp our potential to Change without fear, a hip-hop/world music/rock track collaboration with rapper Rahman Jamaal. Those two tracks set the stage for the rest of the album, in which contrasting yet complementary music styles blend on each distinct track.

R.V.B. - Tell me about what inspired the concept of the album "Aventurera"?

Razteria - Well actually – originally the Album was going to be named after the single “CHANGE” – as this is also a central concept in each track on the album. However when I shared this with drummer Jayme Arredondo, who played on 4 tracks (AVENTURERA, TAKE MY HAND, ONCE AGAIN, ZONE), he was like – “I play with like 4 bands who have released an album called CHANGE or something very close” then he said “everyone wants to be an adventurer – you should call the album “Aventurera”. It was immediately evident to me that this fit the concept of all the music as a whole, as each track relates to one or more of my personal life adventures, and that this title made much more sense and would stand out more.

R.V.B. - Who were some of the people that helped out on the album? What did they add to the project?

Razteria - All of the musicians did an awesome job as well as my co-writers in crime :) Rahman Jamaal (Change, Once Again), Carolyn Smith (Zone, Can’t Touch), Yuriza Jared (Aventurera), as well as Seneca and Chatterbox (Take my hand). Not to mention the 2 sound engineers that I worked closely with – James Weiss from Live Oak Studio (Berkeley, CA) for the majority of the songs and Nicolas Duboux from Kinyama Sounds on tracks Change & Little Sister. The beautiful sound was mastered in full by Justin Weiss of TrakWorks (South SF) who has mastered the last 3 albums of mine.

R.V.B. - How is this album different from some of your earlier releases?

Razteria - I think it is more stylistically diverse and “POP”ular, in other words, has more of a mass appeal due to its catchy melodies, beats and the format of the songs. For the past albums I was the primary producer – as in this one- the difference lies in the fact thatI appropriated much more of the process myself as compared to the other albums. I took on the hats of sound engineer (recording and mixing), recording 90% and starting most the mixes at my home studio (Truffula Oak Studio). I also play much more of the final instrumentation on the album itself whereas on past albums - I created a preproduction with full instrumentation, which studio musicians then replaced their respective parts on most tracks. It also features more collaboration with other local musicians.

R.V.B. - You have a very diverse sound. What were some of your early influences, and what may have sparked you into becoming a musician/singer?

Razteria - I have been singing ever since I have memories, and one of the first songs I recall knowing the lyrics to is from the opera Carmen, theHabanera aka “l’amour est un oiseau rebel” (love is a wild bird which can never be caught), of course a tragic romance which has a unique Spanish sound (aside: I am one myself and much of the energy derived from a broken heart has been channeled into songwriting, and not necessarily only love songs – although there are a few of them of course)...

Going back to when I was in the womb, from what I know, my mom would serenade me with South American lullabyes (“Duerme duerme negrita, que tu mama esta en el campo” etc). My parents actually met over music, my father a young Bolivian medical student who knew how to play a few South American tunes, met my mom, a biology student at the University of Geneva (CH), at a student party, where one or the other was jamming out on a traditional South American tune (I wish I knew which one). They didn’t speak each other’s language – only shared the love of South American music at first.

I grew up listening to music my parents liked, from Mozart to the Beatles, Peter, Paul & Mary and much more. I developed a taste for bass lines being draw first to alternative rock groups such as Alice in Chains and Nirvana, then to rocksteady, reggae and dub, with Desmond Dekker, of course, Bob Marley, the Wailers, and Lee “Scratch” Perry, were among the names of music I listened to a ton. This helped to develop my love for the elements of bass and beat, after my first love of vocal melodies and harmonies.

I started songwriting as a way to express myself as a young person and I remember writing my first song at 12 years old, not knowing how to play the guitar, but plucking out on 4 notes total a guitar/bass line to accompany a melody. I still remember it… I then just continued to write, my rhythm guitar skills advancing little bit by little bit as I wrote more and more complex songs. I would write progressions I couldn’t yet play, then learn them fully once I completed and repeated the entire song.

My first live concert was Ben Harper at the Palladium in Geneva, Switzerland who I saw again at my first festival Paleo Festival Nyon (CH) in 1995. These experiences really shaped my view of live music.

R.V.B. - How have your world travels affected your creativity?

Razteria - Traveling and living in another place acts as a catalyst for change. It pushes you by challenging you to adapt and grow quickly. This combustion process in a sense can explain a ton of the energy that ends up being used in my song-writing. I learn lessons, observe, experience, the spectrum of emotions, gradient from “good” to “bad”, or “happy” to “sad”, or however else one can simplify the dichotomy, and translate this into a song, which helps me to let go, learn and grow in the process. I think that becoming a better songwriter - to a great extent - is dependent on one’s ability to relate the very personal experience, to an expression of music that everyone can make their own, that speaks to everyone, emotionally, spiritually etc.

R.V.B. - Can you give me an example of a gig that you may have performed in a different country, and how the experience was?

Razteria - Comparing gig experience in US versus Europe, Switzerland and France in particular, it is evident that the EU has a different valuation of the musician, I believe that, in general musicians, big or small, are better paid and taken care of in terms of food or accommodations in the EU. The US club scene that I have experienced is very cut-throat and all money-driven. The venues no longer help promote; only making money off of artists when they do door gigs etc. It’s too bad because a great synergy could happen if venues went back to the practice of supporting the acts that were to perform there.

R.V.B. - Your music seems to have a good message for people with songs like Mosquito, Risk, and others. What are your feelings about promoting good ideas for people?

Razteria - I just write about what I have experienced in life, and what I personally can say something about, the positive as well as the “negative”. I hope to share whatever knowledge I can through music, an alternative form of communication for certain themes of importance which need to be heard more, related to public health (songs Mosquito, Vinchuca, Risk) or issues of justice (Illegal).

R.V.B. - How do you enjoy the bay area music scene? You seem to mix it up with a lot of other artists there.

Razteria - I love working in the underground music scene here in the Bay area. There is so very much talent and diversity, you can find just about everything! For creating new original music this is ideal location. It also very hard live music market to breakthrough. I think that if you can get the music out to a critical mass in the Bay area, you are more likely to succeed elsewhere.

R.V.B. - What are some of your musical accomplishments that you are proud of?

Razteria - Above all music production in general and the improvement from one disc to another. I have now completed 5 – and each of these experiences have been distinct, progressing into better and better music.

R.V.B. - Can you me how the "Empress Unification" came about?

Razteria - It started as Empress Meditations, as it was spearheaded by Queen Makedah, an independent reggae artist in the Bay area. She was looking to collaborate with female artists in a similar vein (positive uplifting reggae and world music) for a few shows. We did a tour of the West Coast and people really loved the concept – we were very diverse acts coming together and singing in up to 6 languages. The following year Queen Makedah decided to focus on her solo career and we wanted to continue (Razteria, Sol Atash and Irae Divine) so we ended up modifying the name to symbolize the change. We still perform every so often.

R.V.B. - What was a gig that very memorable for you up to this point?

Razteria - Just the last 2 gigs I had at Ashkenaz (1/23/16) and Angelicas (2/5/2016), together with Rahman Jamaal and Sang Matiz. We presented some of our best shows in terms of musical beauty and energy with the public :)

R.V.B. - Do you have any formula on writing songs? How do you get inspired to write?

Razteria - No real formula but a few techniques. I record my jam sessions and any song idea that may pop into my head at any point. I go back and listen to these – sometimes the song idea exists in its entirety – so I just have to relearn the jam and perhaps add a second/3rd verse – sometimes its just a melody line (instrument or vocal) which becomes a central part of the song around which everything is built. Once I have a musical idea, instrument and structure, I lay the pieces down to a click track in Protools, and the exploration through layering of all other elements begins…

R.V.B. - Any other hobbies?

Razteria - I loooove being outside and doing a ton of exercise, expecially trail running, swimming, soccer, yoga and hiking! I also love gardening, although this tends to suffer when I am in the obsessive mode of production.

R.V.B. - Good luck on your upcoming album release and thank you for considering answering these questions.

Razteria - Thanks so very much for reaching out to me!

Interview conducted by Robert von Bernewitz

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For more information on Razteria Visit her website www.razteria.com - Robert von Bernewitz


The IDC Crew was blessed to be in attendance for an amazing array of musicians and singers at Razteria’s (aka Renée Asteria) single release party on Friday February 5th, 2016 at Angelica’s Bistro. The show highlighted Razteria’s wonderful range of musical influences including everything from Rock to Alt Pop to Reggae and even tastes of Cumbia and Salsa. It was an amazing performance, and as an added bonus there were a half dozen artists connected to IDC involved throughout the night.

Angelica’s is a fantastic venue, a seated restaurant on Main Street in Redwood City, CA. The sight lines were amazing, as was the food, and the crowd was thick upon arrival. Renee fronted a powerhouse band playing electric guitar and singing lead on all of the songs. Her performance and interaction with the audience, plus her willingness to push the envelope and bring her story and message to the forefront, is uplifting to all in attendance. Razteria is a bandleader who brings together many complementary musical flavors in a very rich stew. The rhythm section featured to long time friends/family of IDC, Waddell Bell (aka Waddy B) on Bass and Lou Neuberger on drums. These players have played on tracks of many albums that IDC has distributed, and Waddell and IDC President/Founder Steffen Franz have known each other for over 2 decades, including touring with Barrington Levy in 1994. Other members of the all-star band included the legendary Vince Black, long time guitar master who has played with everyone from Dub Syndicate to Black Uhuru and Prezident Brown, and special guest vocalist Sol Atash, a good friend of IDC and gifted vocalist who sings in English and Farsi.

The artist who really pushed the night over the edge is Redwood City native, and guest vocalist on Razteria’s song Change, none other than Rahman Jamaal, a conscious rapper who guested with Razteria and the band, but was then quite at home performing a half dozen original songs over a laptop full of great beats. IDC has been hip to Rahman for a long time and hopes to work with this great developing artist in the future. All in all this was a fantastic event featuring great musical talent, a lively band and a wonderful venue. Looking forward to the next show! - Independent Distribution Collective (IDC)


A perfect record for the mash up generation. Is she Jane Birkin? Marisa Monte? Latin? French? Reggae? All of the above? Go with all of the above. A mash up that doesn’t sound like a mish mosh, this is a killer summer party record that brings everything to the picnic except the ants. With not a note you won’t like, this is an all time top ten armchair traveler session. Killer stuff that you have to get down with. - Mid-West Record Review


Razteria (aka Renée Asteria) can be described as a fusion of early No Doubt, Steel Pulse, Los Aterciopelados, and Marisa Monte. Indeed, she will soon be releasing her fifth full-length album,Aventurera, worldwide through her own Asteria Records on March 18th, 2016. An album that will be released to "honor Spring," the album’s first two singles and videos, 'Aventurera' and 'Change', were already released on digital platforms January 15th and 22nd 2016, respectively.
The album calls out to the adventurer in each one of us to go beyond what we know, reach into the unknown, and challenge ourselves to grow. This theme is woven into a concept across all 12 tracks, with each song being part of the “Aventurera’s” story. “The Adventurer” is each of us, in one form or another.

The album opens with the first single, and the title track itself, 'Aventurera,' a beautiful, gently hip swaying melodic mix of Caribbean and reggae that instantly makes your musical senses aware that you will be transported to an incredible place for the 50 minutes or so. That's backed by the acoustic guitar intro work of the second single, 'Change,' where Razteria's foreign tones ebb and flow across and through the lyrics perfectly. Using her multicultural background (born in the USA of Bolivian-Dutch heritage and raised in France) and along with Rahman Jamaal, they allow it to transcend into a smooth rap track thereafter.

The storybook telling of 'Life' is next and inclusive of an out-of-nowhere rock guitar chorus, is backed by 'Take My Hand,' a cut that itself lowers the beats enough that it becomes a rather delightful, and highly insightful song. In doing press for this album, Razteria has stated that she truly believes that there is something on this album that everyone will be able to make their own, relating to the messages embedded within the soundscapes of these songs. I have to agree, as the lyrics are like everyday storytelling adventures for us all to know and yet already fully understand.

The SKA-strutting beats of 'Little Sister' make this one song something very special for me on this album, and Razteria backs it perfectly with both the slower paced 'Once Again' (complete with another Rahman Jamaal rap mid-section) and then the sultry R&B smokey feel of 'Zone.' Next up is the deep reggae bounce of 'Thankful,' a track that makes you smile from ear to ear, as the sun shines through your window, and that's followed by the heartfelt plea embedded within 'The World.'

Aventurera was recorded and produced at Razteria’s own Truffula Oak Studio. The studio’s name comes from being nestled in an old growth of live oak trees hidden in El Sobrante Hills, CA, and symbolizes a goal of sustainability with the imagery of the Truffula tree (the central focus in Dr. Seuss’s environmentally themed classic “The Lorax”).

With other artists featured on Aventurera including Sang Matiz, Rahman Jamaal, Carolyn Smith, Chatterbox, Seneca, as well as Waddell Bell and Lou Neuburger (bass and drums, Fyah Squad Band), Raliegh Neal (keys, Michael Franti and Spearhead), Jayme Arredondo (drums, Don Carlos), Joe Newton (drums), Anthony Ant (trumpet), Dave Eagle (percussion), and Luke Thomas (guitar), this incredible, truly a breath of fresh air recording is (sadly) brought to an end with the gentle breeze of 'Winds,' a lovely 'Can't Touch,' before a stunning 'Once Again (Vocal Bonus Mix)' closes the album out.

For More Information and Tour Dates please visit Razteria’s website:
www.razteria.com
For Music Samples or to pre-order the album “Aventurera” please visit: www.asteriarecords.bandcamp.com - Exclusive CD Review


MAZ RAZ - Artist: Razteria

Lyrics - 3.75 || Music - 3.75 || Vocals - 3.75
Rating: 1 = WORST, 4 = BEST

Web: www.razteria.com
Location: San Francisco, CA
Genre: Latin / Reggae /Ska

Razteria (aka Renee Asteria) is an amazing artist whose latest 17 song release, Maz Raz, crosses genres seamlessly without losing it's Latin music foundation. Throughout the project the singer alternates between English, Spanish and Portuguese, providing me with something extremely different from everything I've received since 2014 began.

Razteria's music and voice are a breath of fresh air in a world where commercial dance music has left absolutely no room in the mainstream for pure artists who make exceptional music. From start to finish, Maz Raz shows off the incredible voice, music, and songwriting of Razteria. This album contains 11 original tracks, 2 remixes, and four classic covers which makes this the first full album that I've reviewed this year that contains more than 12 songs. But, what made this such a special album to listen to is the fact that every song is well produced and sang.

Musically, Razteria's band does a great job of complimenting her vocal talents with amazing brass section, bass, percussion, drums, guitars, keys, and vocal harmonies. On each tune, her band lays down the perfect canvas for this amazing vocalist to paint her majestic and melodic audio landscapes. MAZ RAZ is nicely done and really does a great job of showing us what Razteria has to offer. What a pleasure it is to hear such great songwriting, singing, and music. I would recommend Razteria's music to anybody who is looking for great tunes in the reggae/ska and Latin genres that have not been tainted by the grubby paws of commercial, mainstream music. Don't miss her live either; make sure you stop by her website and check her tour dates. You may even catch her at one of our upcoming concert events in Atlanta? You never know.

Connect with her online at: www.Twitter.com/reneeasteria and www.facebook.com/reneeasteriamusic
Reviewed By: Shaine Freeman, host of The Miews podcast (Twitter - @ShaineFreeman) - IAE Magazine


This past year Latin Reggae sensation Renee Asteria released her album RazteRia; an exciting twist on traditional reggae with tracks radiating activism. In the album, Asteria explores Reggae, Folk-rock and Latin musical genres to convey powerful messages about social issues ranging from safe sex to illegal immigration. With such important messages, it is a miracle this is reggae you will actually understand!

“Soul” has that traditional reggae vibe, but it feels sweet—like slow jam reggae. Listeners might find it suspiciously easy to imagine the song “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid after hearing this track. If that doesn’t work, imagine yourself daydreaming. You are alone on a beautiful beach (this will help you) being pampered by the most delicate breeze. It carries your worries away as it passes, leaving you completely free to soul search.

“Risk” is a track warning about the risk one takes when having unprotected sex, one of them being the contraction of HIV/AIDS. Asteria warns, with deep whispery vocals, there is “one life to live…one life to give… don’t give it up” by having unprotected sex. She asks “do you really want this, this risk? Do you really need this?” The track has funky bass lines laced with soulful electric guitar solos.

“Illegal” talks about illegal immigration. It opens with a melodic, catchy bass line and transitions into lyrical imagery of what it means to be an illegal immigrant; taking care of other women’s homes and children, dreaming of being reunited with one’s family and never knowing if you will be taken away. Asteria sings “Illegal Immigration is just an illusion.” The track has a traditional reggae beat with raunchy guitar solos (maybe it is just me) accompanied by Asteria's sweet soothing voice.

These are just a few of the topics Asteria explores in her music. All of the songs on the album make some of the most controversial issues like AIDS and illegal immigration alive and allow listeners to analyze their opinions while listening to great, soothing music. If that's not progressive, what is?

By Whitney Lewis - Women's Radio By Whitney Lewis


Writing and producing her own music is just one of the many unique endeavors that local solo artist Renee Asteria is involved with. Accredited with a degree in Public Health, Renee conducts research on community based projects, is learning how to engineer her own music, and is in the beginning stages of developing her own record label, on which she recently released her first solo album Razteria. Renee’s synthesis of Reggae, Latin and Folk music can, in essence, be seen as a reflection of her own cultural divergence of Dutch and Bolivian roots. The idea of fusing activism with art is the force that drives her musical efforts and her ultimate goal is for her music to generate royalties that she’d then like to use as funding for social charities. In the meantime, Asteria is nourishing her musical seeds and hoping that they grow with the release of her new album.

Razteria is an album infused with messages of justice, love and political awareness, maneuvered into brilliant lyrics, layered over uplifting Reggae beats, in which Asteria’s vocals are heavenly and infectious. Originally attracted to Reggae because of its powerful forces and its overall unifying effect on the crowds, Asteria sees it as the best platform for sending out strong messages that she hold close to her heart. Razteria is a musical utopia as seen through the artist’s eyes. With nine full length tracks, Razteria has something for everyone. For more information on Renee Asteria and Asteria records, visit www.asteriarecords.com.

Carla Ramos
Writer+Blogger+Poet
lalavalentine.com - Carla Ramos for EAST BAY LOOP


Razteria is a marvel of roots, conscious message, alma latina , femenina genuina, and musicality ..



With each spin, the recording draws you in deeper .. intimate, rhythmic listening …



Corey Mason

worldoneradio+festival - Corey Mason World One Radio


http://www.globalrhythm.net/OurStageMusicPicks/
December 2007 - Renee Asteria - Mosquito (latin)

Backed by a tight studio band, Renee Asteria delves into an almost psychedelic prog-folk mixture that dials in Latin rock, reggae, tropicalia and other influences.

- Global Rhythm


Musically adventurous, lyrically innovative and politically activist, Agent Double E (AKA Renee Asteria Penaloza) brings her unique approach to reggae to the world on "Faces of Agent Double E" (Asteria). Singing in English and Spanish, with a full-groove band that somehow manages to keep up with her dramatic builds, unusual vocal flourishes and non-typical constructs, her lyrics bring a kind of magical realism to everything from human relationships to the battle between man and mosquito. Titles like "Blue Mystery", "So Irrational", "Break Away", "Open Mind" and "Oblivion" offer just a hint of the free-flowing, high-spirited, extremely engaging and utterly unique musical experience. Recorded in Argentina, with guitars straight out of the Summer of Love, this one may remind you of the first time you heard "Bohemian Rhapsody" or Yma Sumac - a one of the kind breaking of all the rules to the utter delight of the listener. Two cool dubs close.

Review by Chuck Foster
Reggae Update
The Beat (getthebeat.com)
pg. 12 Vol. 26 4, 2007 - The Beat - Reggae Update


Music and activism are two of Renee Asteria's passions.

On November 17, the globetrotting singer brings those two together at Life is Crazy, a musical and social gathering event to enlighten Brooklynites on social justice issues through guest speakers and lyrics at Galapagos.

"I'm only now being able to see how I can really intrinsically link the two because previously when I'm studying, I'm study, when I'm working, I'm working," said Asteria, the lead singer of Latin rock collective Agent Double E who is currently residing in Queens until she moves to France. "While right now I'm doing music, the perfect way to fuse them together is to create a forum where you can present information to people. At the same time they're going to have their minds opened to different initiatives that go beyond just music".

Those initiatives in particular include the work of the NYC Fair Trade Coalition, which encourages organizations to switch to Fair Trade products, and Pro Mejur and Kiva, which promote microfinance, the practice of providing financial assistance to poor business people. Both Fair Trade and microfinance are initiatives which essentially work to create better quality of life and alleviate poverty in third world countries through consumer choices made abroad.

"It's a great forum to present to people positive initiatives that are happening in the work like Fair Trade and microfinance that people can participate in," said Asteria. "You can sing about something, you're lyrical content can be about that, but you can actually have representations of very specific solutions to certain problems in the world…where actually people can get involved, because a lot of people don't know how to get involved."

The multimedia event will also feature the debut of DVD magazine "Hybrid Lounge," which raises awareness of different cultures and promotes tolerance through music, as well as work y local artists.

Following the guest speakers and presentations, diverse bands will perform until the wee hours of the morning.

One of those on the bill is Asteria's own bnad, Agent Double E, a bilingual fusion of Latin, reggae and rock which addresses a range of issues from disease to having an open mind. Two songs in particular, their signature tracks "Mosquito" and "Vinchuca," address the prevalence of disease, specifically dengue and Chaga's, in poor, rural areas of South America, and the simple means in which it can be prevented.

Many of Asteria's songs come from her own experiences doing research in South America, though their significance can be found for those without such an immediate connection.

"By talking about one disease, you can talk about climate change, poverty, a whole slue of issues," said Asteria. "These are issues that are really pertinent to our world today."

Also on the bill are Strawberry Brown with their blend of Latin, pop and reggae; African artist Majeekul Koleurz, playing a mix of afro-beat, R&B and Hip Hop; and roots reggae and dancehall artists Riddim Nation and Ruff Scott. DJ Ceiba will also be spinning roots music till late.

In a move fitting with the social justice theme of the evening, admission to the event is based on a sliding scale, from $5 to $20.

"Somebody told me that's not a New York thing, that's more of a California thing," said Asteria. "For me, it's so logical. That way, people can pay what they can pay."

The November 17 event will be the first of what Asteria hopes will be several multimedia gatherings throughout the world to address social health and injustice issues through music. The name of the gathering, "Life is Crazy," the artist pulled from her own 2007 album, and found it perfect to describe this new effort.

"What else could better describe an event that's so mixed?" she said.

Life is Crazy: A Social Gathering filled with Music and Discovery, will be November 17 at Galapagos (70 North 6th Street), with presentations from 8 p.m. To 10 p.m., and music from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Admission is on a sliding scale of $5 to $20. For more information, call (718) 782-5188 - Meredith Deliso


Renee Asteria Brings Ground-breaking International Beats to Danbury

Renee Asteria (Agent Double E) made an appearance with Riddim Nation backing her up at Cousin Larry's Cafe on December 7th. The reggae songstress, guitarist and activist put on an upbeat, powerful and tight show with her band that had the crowd dancing all night. The crew laid down reggae grooves with folk, rock and Latin influences. She dances like a hippie, sings with the command of a gospel singer and performs with the conviction of a preacher. Asteria grew up in France and was raised by a Bolivian father and Dutch mother. She has studied and traveled the word and that background shines through in her performance and voice.

The colorful sounds of the band are made even more interesting by the unusual yet clear lyrics that interweave to create entertaining and genuine stories. The sunny live sound is similar to Kate Bush, Lene Lovich, Portishead & Sade but peppered with tropical sounding Latin and reggae beats. Erica from Riddim Nation also sings harmonies that provide a sweet professional compliment. The artist's latest CD, "Faces of Agent Double E" was released and aired live in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 95.5 Rock & Pop FM and Open Air Radio. It was released in New York City on June 9th with a special show at Mopitkins. Playing live as "Agent Double E", Asteria is currently touring California & New York working with local musicians.

Add Renee Asteria as your friend on myspace at Myspace.com/ReneeAsteria or check out her touring schedule at Asteriarecords... See other live touring acts at Cousin Larry's Cafe in Danbury which you can find at Myspace.com/LarrysDanbury. - Dano


Renee Asteria-Agent double E, Spahni's Dub Dancers, Darius Rourou / The Majestic Force, Dilem Cornelien, Trip De Roots et bien d'autres artistes seront à la Case-à-chocs, le samedi, 15 decembre 2007 dès 20h00

Depuis l'ouverture de la saison, la Case-à-Chocs n'a pas encore connu une soiree musicale aussi riche et coloree que celle qui s'y annonce le samedi 15 decembre 2007. Encore une fois les Neuchâteloises et Neuchâtelois confirmeront leur esprit de tolerance, qui fait de Neuchâtel un canton multiculturel. Une soiree d'exception, baptisee « Togetherness Day », qui animera la Case-à-chocs de 20h00 à 04h00. Un lieu harmonieux, dans lequel les artistes d'ici et d'ailleurs souhaitent partager des moments d'« intimite » avec un public sympa. Une idee noble d'un membre de l'association Voice of Human Rights – Switzerland, Darius Rurangirwa, Neuchâtelois d'origine rwandaise.

Parmi les têtes d'affiches, l'une des etoiles montantes du rock, reggae et folk, aux rythmes melangeant afro, latino et un peu de tout ce qu'on aime d'elle, Renee Asteria - Agent Double E, viendra en Suisse pour la première fois à la mi-decembre, pour un concert unique ! Après avoir prêche sa conviction, la « force de l'amour », dans quasiment tous les USA et l'Amerique latine, sa strategie est de venir d'abord s'approvisionner en energie neuchâteloise pour pouvoir mieux se lancer à la conquête de l'Europe, avec sa voix veloutee et son dynamisme impressionnant – imaginez Amy Winehouse, Portishead et Sade. Les paroles originales racontent des histoires qui sont à la fois simples et amusantes. La musique et les melodies sont entraînantes: une infusion de sons latins, rythmes reggae et une saveur tropicale qui amènent le soleil et les sons d'Amerique Latine chez nous! Le hasard a bien fait les choses et les organisateurs du «Togetherness Day », une soiree dediee au multiculturalisme, ont pu inviter pour vous cette charmante artiste nee dans le New Jersey (USA), d'une mère neerlandaise et d'un père bolivien, et qui a passe son adolescence en France ! Autant d'origines qui expliquent sa capacite à exprimer sa passion pour le social et pour les multiples peuples et cultures qui l'ont influencee, entre autres à travers ses etudes et voyages autour du monde.

Sur la même scène, on pourra ecouter Spahni's Dub Dancers, compose de musiciens professionnels comme l'Italien Fabio Marchiori au clavier, ou le batteur Daniel Sphani, qui partage son intelligence musicale avec de grandes stars telles que le Canadien Helmut Lipsky, Pippo Pollina ou le Jamaïcain Linton Kwesi Johnson. Plusieurs autres musiciens de qualite rejoindront Darius Rourou / The Majestic Force pour un live rappelant les vives annees du reggae de Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, etc. Plus de dix musiciens distilleront une musique vehiculant un message de paix, d'amour et de tolerance. Du ska au steady, en passant par le roots, dans un style tantôt « dub », tantôt « groove », le retour tant attendu de l'Africain sur les grandes scènes avec vos musiciens preferes, promet une ambiance riche de « good vibes ». Au chant, Sister Yasmine, representante du Senegal pour l'occasion, et bien sûr votre s--ur Cornelia. Pour le griot rwandais, cet evenement est aussi l'occasion de chanter en memoire de la star du reggae africain assassinee à Johannesburg en octobre dernier, The Shot Dead Rasta, late LUCKY DUBE. Et ce n'est pas tout, à part Dilem cornelien, qui n'est plus à presenter car on sait tous que là où il y a du rock, ska punk et manouche-funck-jazz, il y a forcement Dilem… ou presque, bien d'autres groupes viendront egayer la scène. Si la Suisse etait la Jamaïque, Neuchâtel serait certainement Kingston ou Trenchtown ! En plus des huit groupes de reggae que comptait dejà ce canton, Trip de roots vient de voir le jour et merite d'être soutenu. Les riddims jaillissant des « baguettes magiques » de Miss Ashley à la batterie en impressionneront plus d'un, et pourraient même faire des jaloux ! Trip de Roots est une formation complète et prometteuse composee de neuf musiciens, tous neuchâtelois. De quoi ne pas rater leur premier show au « Togetherness Day ».

Afin de permettre au public tardif de participer à la cause, la soiree se terminera en beaute sur des sons mixes par differents « Boys-djs » dans des styles melangeant Electro, Drum'n bass et même Dance hall ou Hip-hop. C'est à la Case-à-chocs, le samedi 15.12.2007.

Portes : 19h00 Concerts : 20h00 Fermeture : 04h00 Preloc : Vinyl, NE
Renseignements: voiceofhumanrights@yahoo.com - www.case-à-chocs-ch - www.dariusrourou.
- Case-a-Chocs


Agent Double E (aka Renee Asteria) was born in America (New Jersey to be exact) and grew up in France with her Bolivian father and Dutch mother. Her music is as eclectic as her multi-cultural upbringing. Faces of Agent DOuble E is a fitting album title considering the range of styles and languages utilized throughout the record. Don't be surprised to hear anything from Spanish singing over a reggae groove (no, not reggaeton) to edgy rock to ambient folk soundscapes.
Key Tracks:
Vinchuca: "Been listening to this album a lot lately. Hard to decide which one is my favourite song but this could be it. No idea what she's singing about but I love the way she sings it."
Blue Mystery: "Very nice song, sunny and strange at the same time,I love it!" [rec by gof]
Smile: "Funny song. I loved it from the instant I heard it. "You left me smiling, and noone - crying"; well, this one left me smiling :-) Nice guitar-licks. That goes for the whole album really :-)" - Amiestreet.com


Renee Asteria's "Faces of Agent Double E" is most accurately described as a latin reggae paradise! Laden with amazing, pitch-perfect, harmony-filled vocals, groovy beats, and memorable lyrics, "Faces of Agent Double E" maintains a refreshing island appeal from beginning to end. "Vinchuca" stands out as musically innovative, and introduces Agent Double E's multi-lingual appeal with skillfully interwoven Spanish lyrics. Furthermore, this record hails a rare degree of amazing instrumentation, namely the delightfully clever lead electric guitar riffs and tight overall band sound. With production defined by unchallenged clarity and quality, this album is sure to claim the CD-slot in the stereo deck of reggae fans and latin music fans for a very long time! - RadioIndy.com


When I first heard Renee Asteria's music properly, her voice was accompanied by nothing more than an acoustic guitar and a drum. Acoustic arrangements typically connote to me lazy, unenthusiastic, and ultimately boring versions of songs played better by a full band. But Renee's set was different. Stripped of arrangements, the sheer essence of her songs shone through, her powerful and emotional voice at the forefront. This, I thought, is a musician who knows what she is doing. And so I made my way home, eager to hear what she had done with the arrangements for those songs on her album. To say the least, I wasn't disappointed. The element of Renee's music that I am consistently amazed by is her intuitive ability to seamlessly blend numerous musical styles and cultural sounds. She's primarily influenced by reggae, but elements from around the world seem to naturally find their way into her sound. Take "Life is Crazy", for instance. Some of the guitars are tinged with reggae, some more American folk, the melody wouldn't be out of place in some French dive bar if the lyrics weren't in English, and the finishing guitar solo liberally takes cues from funk-rock. And that's just scratching the surface of this album. One could listen over and over, hearing new elements each time, never quite understanding the full picture that Renee is painting. All this is not to say that Renee is some sort of musical thief. She gracefully allows her musical history to influence her sound without letting it blot out her own style and individuality. Her personality is deeply imprinted into these songs. From the jubilant and bouncy "Mosquito" to the tender "Lullabye" to the yearning and resigned "Smile", we know that this music is 100% Renee. But perhaps the most important aspect of Renee's music is her commitment to humanity. Her message is one of compassion and love - be compassionate to others, be proud of what you can offer the world, and love indiscriminately. Sadly, this message is all but lost in the world of modern popular music, and as such it is all the more important for a voice like Renee's to be heard loud and clear.

Nick Krefting - nkrefting (a) gmail.com - Nick Krefting


RAZTERIA - Revue de Mathieu LEFEVRE

Bassiste et musicien extraordinaire, FRANCE

R.A.Z. : remise à zéro, nouveau départ pour Renée Asteria Ou bien Razteria, un raz de marée de Renée Asteria ?? …
Quoiqu’il en soit, ce nouvel album est nettement orienté reggae à la différence du précédent, Faces of Agent Double E, qui lui, comportait des morceaux rock ainsi qu’une chanson acoustique. L’ennui ne s’installe pas pour autant tant les sonorités présentées ici sont diverses. Soit du reggae roots, uptempo, fusionnel, dancehall ou bien encore mystique. Avec toutes ces différentes ambiances et la manière dont elles sont mixées, cet album peut toucher bien plus qu’un amateur de reggae.

Et puis l’attrait majeur reste tout de même la voix de Renée, une voix chaude, sensuelle, profonde et juste. Un timbre féminin original dans l’univers du reggae. Un autre très bon point, tous les morceaux ici sont des originaux, de vraies compositions. Cela change des riddims mille fois entendus. La musique n’en est que plus fraîche. Ce n’est pas non plus du bla-bla posé sur un riddim, les voix sont travaillées. Point de rastafar I et Selassie I à tout va, ça fait du bien. Oui, les voix. Car il y en a plusieurs au sein d’un même morceaux, avec ces harmonies vocales qui agrémentent les différents titres, voire les font décoller ou bien encore nous font découvrir de nouvelles subtilités. Pour ponctuer ce reggae de différentes sonorités, tantôt la batterie est acoustique, et très bien enregistrée, tantôt elle est programmée. Les guitares et les claviers, ainsi que les différents sons programmés apportent leur touche ici et là, et, mêlés aux mélodies vocales, donnent une vraie idendité aux morceaux.

L’album s’ouvre sur Soul, le genre de chanson qui met en valeur le côté positif, spirituel et guérisseur du reggae. Un titre où les mélodies enjouées invitent à être heureux et à exprimer une joie profonde envers la vie. La sonorité du balafon contribue aussi à ce côté dansant et joyeux. Ecoutez bien Renée, après tout devient possible.

Le morceau suivant, Risk, dynamise encore plus l’ambiance. Ce titre paraît très très solide avec son tempo plutôt enlevé, plus proche d’un reggae non jamaïcain. Un number one je dirai même. Ici le synthé donne vraiment une identité au morceau. A noter le remix dancehall tout aussi intéressant et dynamique, voire plus dynamique que la version avec instruments. Il est très dur de choisir entre ces deux versions. De toutes façons les deux versions s’écoutent sans lasser l’auditeur. C’est un gage de qualité.

Illegal et 2 Faced sont deux très bon morceaux dans un style roots et hypnotique, qui permettent de rentrer dans la trance inhérente au reggae. Autant dire que pour du reggae non jamaïcain, on s’en approche, et c’est très bien. Mais heureusement aussi , l’univers de Renée marque la bonne différence. Illegal est aussi très très solide. Alors que 2 Faced est délicieux avec cette voix sensuelle.

A l’opposé, Rain se présente comme plus fusionnel avec ce mélange de programmations et du skank propre au reggae. Ceci plus les mélodies vocales donnent encore un titre très réussi, où les mélodies restent en tête facilement. La joie qu’éprouve Renée à l’encontre de la pluie, à travers ses paroles et ses mélodies, est totalement contagieuse. alors arrêtons de nous plaindre d’un peu de pluie.

Work it est un morceau très entrainant. Ceci grâce aux lignes de cuivres qui appuient et renforcent la rythmique, et qui ravivent nos oreilles d’une nouvelle sonorité. Le pont est harmonisé d’une façon saisissante. Pourquoi pas encore un number one ? Au milieu de tout ce bon matériel, Forget paraît plus naïf, voire plus faible, car moins accrocheur que les autres chansons. Et pourtant, la voix et la mélodie sont toujours aussi bonnes. L’album se clos sur La Baja, une belle invitation au voyage, avec son côté mystique créé par le croisement des accords de la guitare rythmique, de la guitare acoustique et de la voix envoutante et toujours sensuelle de Renée.

Rien de tel pour nous abandonner dans nos pensées, et se dire que l’on vient d’écouter un très bon album, de la bonne musique, une musique vraie et profonde, loin des pseudo valeurs d’aujourd’hui. C’est un peu court d’ailleurs. On en re demande. Mais il faut mieux 9 morceaux bien travaillés qu’en avoir 15 et en jeter la moitié. Un petit regret tout de même, il n’y a pas de morceaux en espagnol sur cet album. N’en boudons pas pour autant notre plaisir, nous avons là un très bon album, où la musique est très bien jouée, ces musiciens sonnent bien, où les mélodies sont accrocheuses, tantôt joyeuses, tantôt lancinantes, et enfin où les harmonies vocales sont très belles et bien exploitées.

Au niveau des lyrics nous ne sommes pas en reste. Les paroles sont censées et profondes. Renée apporte son message, sa vérité. Ouvrez votre esprit, elle pourraît bien vous convaincre. Tout cela servi, mené et composé par une jeune et jolie jeune fille, ce qui ne gâche rien, au contraire. - Revue de Mathieu LEFEVRE Bassiste et musicien extraordinaire, FRANCE


Latin roots, reggae riddims, activist intent and strong female vocals coalesce on Renee Asteria’s rockin’ new release RazteRia (Asteria Records). Drawing inspiration from all over the world Renee pulls disparate fragments from the air, the seas, the trees and the breeze and puts them to work in the human environment with intuitive intent and elusive ease. Standout tracks include “Work It,” “Soul” and the effervescent “Rain.” Using her heart like a guidance system and her voice as a tuning fork she confronts real life issues on “2 Faced,” “Illegal,” “Soul” and “Risk” (presented in two mixes) and leaves you longing for more with “La Baja.” The result is soulful, rock-solid and recommended. - Chuck Foster, KPFK, REGGAE CENTRAL


Razteria is actually the pseudonym of Renee Asteria, a young lady of Bolivian-Dutch origin, who grew up in France and today operates from the hills of El Sobrance California. With this "aventurera" she is to her fifth album and bulk decorates them in a mix of pop, reggae and contemporary Brazilian roots music. As the title suggests, Razteria calls each of us to push the boundaries, to explore the unknown and thus to challenge ourselves to grow. Truly a host of noble thoughts, which, however, but really fine, if they are embedded in wegluisterende pleasant music.

In the case of this album, that eleven by Renee self-written songs (one, "Once Again" at the end of the album as "bonus remix" staged a second time, which almost are alternately practiced genres mentioned above. Asteria not only sings alternately in Spanish, French, English and Portuguese, she also plays bass itself, while it surrounds itself with a club excellent musicians to shape their ideas.

I must admit that the reggae rhythms or dominate the plate, even when they are not here, as you have to experience at too many world musicians, because that is dancing once easy and because the inspiration was actually on. The opening title track sets the tone: bass, drums and guitar playing a reggae tune, but the vocal line that is over draped, has as many as Mexican flamenco features, so you will immediately enjoy a nice stew ingredients. "Change" will patter vocals, while "Life" entirely Latino sounds, though the i sung English and already is, as the song is built, a very handsome rock party through weaving.

I will not bore you with the defection of all titles -you must go listen- for yourself, but if I still can recommend two titles, that "Little Sister" -that absolutely everything has to the summer hit of the year be and "the World", which is an almost perfect world music song: it is clear about everything, where you think, if you pronounce that word.

I confess: Razteria for me was an unknown name, but I add immediately that I will not forget that name, because her "aventurera" made for a very pleasant introduction. Something tells me that we will see this name somewhere this summer at a festival in the neighborhood are going to get. If that is so, then I would go and see!

(Dani Heyvaert)

www.rootstime.be

RAZTERIA - AVENTURERA

Razteria is eigenlijk de schuilnaam van Renée Asteria, een jongedame van Boliviaans-Nederlandse origine, die opgroeide in Frankrijk en tegenwoordig opereert vanuit de heuvels van El Sobrance in California. Met deze “Aventurera” is ze aan haar vijfde plaat toe en ze grossiert daarop in een mix van pop, reggae en hedendaagse Braziliaanse rootsmuziek. Zoals de titel al aangeeft, roept Razteria elk van ons op om onze grenzen te verleggen, het onbekende te gaan verkennen en op die manier onszelf uit te dagen om te groeien. Voorwaar een resem nobele gedachten, die echter maar echt fijn worden, als ze ingebed zijn in aangenaam wegluisterende muziek.

In het geval van deze plaat, zijn dat elf door Renee zelf geschreven songs (eentje, “Once Again” wordt aan het eind van de plaat als “bonus-remix” een tweede keer opgevoerd, waarin bijna beurtelings de hierboven vermelde genres beoefend worden. Asteria zingt niet alleen afwisselend in het Spaans, Frans, Engels en Portugees, ze speelt zelf ook bas en daarbij omringt zij zich met een club uitstekende muzikanten, om haar ideeën vorm te geven.

Ik moet toegeven dat de reggaeritmes de plaat wel domineren, al gebeurt dat hier niet, zoals je bij al te veel wereldmuzikanten moet meemaken, omdat dat nu eenmaal makkelijk danst en omdat de inspiratie eigenlijk op was. De openende titeltrack zet meteen de toon: bas, drums en gitaar spelen een reggaedeun, maar de zanglijn die er overheen gedrapeerd wordt, heeft evenveel Mexicaanse als flamencokenmerken, zodat je al meteen een stoofpotje van leuke ingrediënten geserveerd krijgt. “Change” krijgt parlando-vocals, terwijl “Life” helemaal Latino klinkt, al wordt het i het Engels gezongen en al wordt er, naarmate de song opgebouwd wordt, een heel knappe rockpartij doorheen geweven.

Ik ga u niet vervelen met het overlopen van alle titels -u moet zelf maar eens gaan luisteren-, maar als ik u toch twee titels mag aanbevelen, dan zijn dat “Little Sister” -dat werkelijk alles heeft om de zomerhit van het jaar te worden en “The World”, dat een welhaast perfecte worldmusic song is: daar zit namelijk zowat alles in, waar je aan denkt, als je die term uitspreekt.

Ik beken: Razteria was voor mij een onbekende naam, maar ik voeg er meteen aan toe dat ik die naam niet snel zal vergeten, want haar “Aventurera” zorgde voor een heel aangename kennismaking. Iets zegt mij, dat we deze naam deze zomer ergens op een festival in de buurt te zien gaan krijgen. Mocht dat zo zijn, dan zou ik maar eens gaan kijken !

(Dani Heyvaert)

www.rootstime.be - Rootstime BE Review


Discography

2018   2 Immortal Eyz (single), Asteria Records

http://asteriarecords.bandcamp.com/track/2-immortal-eyz-to-immortalize

2017   CRUZANDO CORAZONES Vol 1 (EP), Asteria Records

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cruzando-corazones-vol-1-ep/id1279891784

2016   AVENTURERA (album), Asteria Records https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/aventurera/id1089674688

2016   Aventurera (single), Asteria Records

2016   Change (single), Asteria Records

2015   Little Sister (single), Asteria Records

2015   Exodus (single), Undercover presents

2015   Sun is shining (single, Mujeres que cantan a Bob Marley (album), Spiritual Reggae Band (Argentina)

2013   MAZ RAZ (album), Asteria Records

http://cdbaby.com/cd/razteria3

2012   Addicted/There is no End (vinyl single/mp3), Asteria Records

2010   RAZTERIA (album), Asteria Records

http://cdbaby.com/cd/reneeasteria

2007    CARAS DE AGENTE DOBLE E / Faces of Agent Double E (album), Asteria Records http://cdbaby.com/asteria2

2005   Renee Asteria (debut album), Asteria Records, 2005

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Bio

San Francisco, CA, based artist-producer Razteria​ multicultural roots (Bolivia/Netherlands) are reflected in her music, as she crosses musical genres with powerful messages in multiple languages. Razteria expects 2018 to be rich with new productions following her music production training at Crē•8 Music Academy in Los Angeles in early 2018.

So far this year Razteria has released:

"Infinity" an electronic trip-hop song under new artist name RENAY.

"Infinito (Con Todos)" a cumbia fusion song in Spanish featuring argentine guitarist Lucas Rochaix.

"Imaginary Friends" an explicit rap track in French, English and Spanish under new artist name RATRAP.
"Naked" an electronic dance song under new artist name RENAY.

“Baila” a Latin crossover track featuring Honduran/UK artist Rich D Lion. 

“D C N” (Despierta Cada Noche), featuring EDY, Rich D Lion & youth from Enseñarte, a non-profit organization based in Bolivia

“Reach”, a sweet love ballad, in two versions, "for commerce" and "for art" which features the Venezuelan cuatro played by Jackeline Rago.

“2 Immortal Eyz” (To Immortalize), an alternative single in which she fuses the African harp (Kora) and Bolivian bass pan flutes (Toyos) with electronic elements.

In 2017, Razteria completed an 8-month long international production tour bringing talent from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, USA, France and Switzerland and released a multi-artist Latin EP called “Cruzando Corazones”. The year 2016 was filled with blessings, notably, with the release of Razteria’s fifth album Aventurera​ (March 18, 2016) which received great reviews nationally and internationally. It charted on CMJ New World Music Top 40 and the song Once Again, which Razteria wrote together with rapper Rahman​ ​Jamaal​, won Grand Prize (World Category) in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest 2016.

Noteworthy performances include MusikFest, Reggae on the River, Montreal Jazz festival, World One Festival, World Fest Los Angeles, Northwest World Reggae Festival, to name a few.

DISCOGRAPHY

2018 Baila, Asteria Records (drops August 6th, 2018)

2018 D C N (Despierta cada noche) (single), Asteria Records

2018 Reach (double single), Asteria Records

2018   2 Immortal Eyz (single), Asteria Records http://asteriarecords.bandcamp.com/track/2-immortal-eyz-to-immortalize

2017   CRUZANDO CORAZONES Vol 1 (EP), Asteria Records https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cruzando-corazones-vol-1-ep/id1279891784

2016   AVENTURERA (album), Asteria Records

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/aventurera/id1089674688

2016  Aventurera (single), Asteria Records

2016   Change (single), Asteria Records

2015   Little Sister (single), Asteria Records

2015  Exodus (single), Undercover presents

2015   Sun is shining (single), Mujeres que cantan a Bob Marley (album), Spiritual Reggae (Argentina)

2013   MAZ RAZ (album), Asteria Records http://cdbaby.com/cd/razteria3

2012  Addicted/There is no End (vinyl single/mp3), Asteria Records

2010   RAZTERIA (album), Asteria Records http://cdbaby.com/cd/reneeasteria

2007    CARAS DE AGENTE DOBLE E / Faces of Agent Double E (album), Asteria Recordshttp://cdbaby.com/asteria2

2005   Renée Asteria (debut album), Asteria Records, 2005

Band Members