Streets to the Hill

Streets to the Hill

 Oakland, California, USA

Streetstothehill combines the lyrics and struggle from the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica with the streetwise, neo-soul grooves of New York, Philadelphia, Oakland, and Atlanta.


Streetstothehill is comprised of vocalist, Nasambu Barasa, and producer, Shaolin. The two worked together on various musical projects for almost two years before they decided to form the group Streetstothehill.

The classic grooves of neo-soul rhythms accompany the conscious lyrics of well-known Jamaican artists such as Anthony B, Sizzla, Abyssinians, and Bob Marley, giving birth to a new interpretation of powerful reggae hits in their debut album, The Soul of Kingston.

Nasambu Barasa, of Kenyan descent, has spent most of her life in California. Her african-soul-jazz style is influenced by vocalists from all over the African diaspora including Miriam Makeba, Sade, Zap Mama, and Erykah Badu to name a few. As a member of the hip hop generation, Nasambu Barasa understands the barrage of issues that are facing the youth of today, and she chooses to use music as a force to fight against oppression, injustice, and cultural domination.

Shaolin, CEO of Shaolin Studios, has worked with many Bay Area and international reggae and soul artists, including Junior Reid, Don Carlos, Rupee, President Brown, Goapele and Jahmali.


Singles include: El Shaddai, Raid the Barn

Album in rotation on KPFA in Berkeley, KPOO in San Francisco, Irie FM in Jamaica.

Set List

Our typical set is 45 minutes long and consists of the following songs:

We and Them
Raid the Barn
El Shaddai
Declaration of Rights
Hills and Valleys
Good Ways
Chant A Psalm