Buy Michael Franti And Spearhead Tickets
Michael Franti And Spearhead Tickets
Michael Franti and Spearhead Tickets
MichaelFranti and Spearhead is a fusion band founded by musician, composer and poet Micheal Franti. The band mixes reggae, hip hop, jazz and rock in a unique way. Michael himself is a keen supported of peace and social justice issues. For their concert later on in the month, buy Michael Franti and Spearhead tickets.
Michael Franti And Spearhead
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Micheal Franti is a child to an Irish-German-French mother and African American father. His love for music and poetry was inspired by a priest who taught him how to tell a story. He then purchased a bass guitar and immersed himself into the world of reggae, hip hop and punk. He studied in Davis Senior High and attended The University of San Francisco. The school’s radio played his music.
While attending the university, he decided to start a band based on his love for music. Eventually, he became a part of The Beatnigs alongside RonoTse. The band also included Henry Flood on percussion, Andre Flores on keyboards, and Kevin on vocals. A self-titled LP and EP were released on Alternative Tentacles records, but didn’t see a lot of sales.
Franti moved on to form a new band called “Michael Franti and the Spearhead” which included Carl Young. The first release changed gears from their signature political theme to more of a funk and soul theme.
In 1994, Franti formed a new band called Spearhead with a few studio musicians, including Carl Young, and announced the dissolution of Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. Their first release, Home, in September 1994, took a break from the politically charged rap of Disposable Heroes and drew more from funk and soul music yet again.
A song, “Positive” was included on the “Stolen Moments: Red hot +Cool” compilation. The Red Hot organization also included their song “I Got Plenty o’ Nuthin” with Ernest Ranglinin the Red+Hot Rhapsody. The next single, Chocolate Supa, came with changes in the band members. The song featured Stephen Marley and Joan Osborne and is said to have exemplified the reggae influence.
But after the single, Micheal Franti separated themselves from Capitol Records, over a dispute of refusing to perform together with other artists, including Will Smith. They went on to create their own label, “Boo Boo Wax” but the band name, “Spearhead” was owned by their old record company. They went on to call themselves “Micheal Franti and Spearhead”
Their songs were a part of many movies, such as the 1999 film, Mystery Film, the 2006 film, Last Holiday. Their version of The Police’s “Roxanne” featured in the 1997 film, Good Burger.
In an interview, Franti talked about the message of Stay Human, stating that the first half of the album consists of current affairs, all that is happening in the world. The rest is about how people cope with these things, and what events concern what people. He also sings and writes about war, the terror it creates, his country against the rest of the world, and how this has worn out the people. The record then also vents out anger towards these issues. At the same time, it asks people to hold on to their sanity through spirituality during diificult times.
Franti separated himself from the Six Degrees record, for their irresponsibility to properly support the project. Franti travelled around the world and inspired from the exposure, Micheal Franti and Spearhead released “Yell Fire!” in 2005. The band gained an international audience and recognition from touring. They also gained fame from appearing in other sources of media, such as the Mother Jones magazine and Democracy Now!
Michael Franti and Spearhead tickets are still available as the band continues to tour. They have also founded the annual Power to the Peace festival, which started in 1998.
Franti is a devoted social justice worker, as he still continues to compose music about important themes and still gains fame. His influential song “Bomb The World”, which was released post 9/11, with its thought provoking lyrics such as “You can bomb the world to pieces, but you can’t bomb the world into peace” appeared on signs and t-shirts during protests all over the world.
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