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Tribal Seeds


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"Winners of the 2008 SDMA award!"

Tribal Seeds' self titled album was voted the Best World/Reggae Music at the 2008 San Diego Music Awards (SDMA) - SDMA Best World/Reggae Music

"Tribal Seeds are both good and infectious, managing to be so without softening the sound or the message."

I caught this San Diego-based band at a recent free outdoor concert down by the beach (always a good thing), and they had a crowd of Sunday afternoon sun worshippers, picnickers, kids, older folks and people who looked like they'd come straight from church caught up in the vibes alongside the more obvious reggae fans. Goes to show how infectious good reggae music can be. Tribal Seeds are both good and infectious, managing to be so without softening the sound or the message. True to the botanical implications of their name, they go for the roots. Lead singer Steven Rene Jacobo has a moderately Marley-ish vocal quality and an urgency that reminds me of Steel Pulse's David Hinds (now that I think of it, he sounds kind of like African reggae singer Majek Fashek as well). He's the group's lyricist also, showing via the likes of "Creator," "Rasta, Refuse It" and "Jah Stone" that he's got a lot more than earthly things on his mind. Musically, the group is tight and unified, with lead guitarist Marc Munoz tearing off some sharp solos that help give the overall sound a discernible Latino edge befitting the heritage of most of Tribal Seeds' members. Though familiar reggae themes abound, some of the songs ("Rider," "Dolls Dancing," "Dark Angel") go for a decidedly abstract feel that keeps predictability at bay and merits close listening apart from just letting the exceptional riddims (some of which bring to mind peak-era Roots Radics) carry you away. Impressive stuff, enough so that if I have to pay to see these guys next time, I gladly will.

- Tom Orr (Music & Cultural Writer)

"Tribal’s adept songwriting and vigorous live performance make their music utterly magnetic."

Growing up in San Diego, I’ve never felt like there was a shortage of reggae or ska talent to nibble on when overcome by the rocksteady munchies. Certainly, the D’ego has been a vortex for such music in the United States as far back as I can remember. In spite of the broad buffet of talent that permeates our clubs and beaches, few local acts capture the roots vibe quite like Tribal Seeds. Their new self-titled album boasts 15 tracks – every one a testament to the music’s essence: raising social conscious, government resistance, repatriation, irie life, and, of course, Raaasta-faariii.

From the revolutionary opener, "Youth Rebellion," to the album’s desperately hopeful closer, "Dark Angel," Tribal Seeds manages to take the listener on a ride through reggae history – rolling a bountiful spliff of Toots, Marley, Steele Pulse and Lee "Scratch" Perry. Like said spliff, this is music to be shared – it’s stylistic familiarity makes it broadly digestible, and Tribal’s adept songwriting and vigorous live performance make their music utterly magnetic.

- Joel York (Surfshot Magazine)

""Authentic Roots Reggae""

The self-released debut by Tribal Seeds is surprisingly authentic roots reggae in the Steel Pulse/Aswad tradition; "surprising" because these are youngsters from San Diego, CA, not normally known as a hotbed of Jamaican culture. These 11 songs will not make anybody forget his Bob Marley & the Wailers albums, but there are no misbegotten attempts to either modernize or cross-pollinate the bass-heavy rhythms, melodica accents, or authentically dread lyrics and vocals. In fact, Youth Rebellion is so completely by-the-book that to a discerning reggae fan, the album might well seem a bit too safe, too familiar. Age and experience might bring an even deeper connection to reggae that won't feel quite so studied, but Youth Rebellion remains an enjoyable listen regardless of its occasional stuffiness and derivative aspects. - Stewart Mason (All Music Guide)

"iTunes "Best of 2008""

On iTunes "Best of 2008", Top Ten Reggae Albums
- iTunes


The Harvest - Release Date: June 6th, 2009
Tribal Seeds - (2008)
Youth Rebellion / Original (2005)



With heavy influence from Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, and Midnite, this new and unique group brings a refreshing rock vibe to roots style reggae music. Spiritually driven and musically talented, Tribal Seeds have created an art form for rebel music enthusiasts! They bring an authentic sound that reaches a broad demographic.

Two brothers, both raised playing instruments since early childhood in San Diego head the group. The lead singer Steven writes the lyrics for the group, and his brother Tony-Ray along with the band produce all their music. They have toured throughout North America as well as Mexico and Hawaii, and have shared the stage with Matisyahu, The Wailers and Gregory Issacs. Experience them live on tour in 2009 as they support their latest release.