Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Petition to L.A. Clubs and Venues!


Greetings brothers and sisters,

Have any of you noticed that it is very difficult to find live conscious music in L.A. these days? Give thanks that Steel Pulse makes regular visits, but what about Burning Spear, Israel Vibrations, The Congos, Pablo Moses, or Ras Michael and the sons of Negus who lives right here in L.A.? It’s not that they don’t have fans here, or that they don’t like playing in L.A., we just have to demand it.

There is a reggae group out there that has revived Bob Marley’s messages of one (universal) love, equality, and social responsibility with a funky reggae/jazz fusion sound. This group of technically trained brothers and sisters call themselves “Groundation”. Groundation" comes from the Rasta term "Grounation” which are gatherings based on using music to attain common vibration, with the focus on manifesting positive energy to effect social change. Groundation embodies the 21st Century version of this ideal.

The group is from Sonoma in Northern California and has been performing for ten years with much love from Europe, and very little from the southern half of it’s own state. This is a true example of a man is not honored in his own town. Is SoCal so devoid of consciousness that we can only appreciate rumpshakin music? I don’t believe so. I do, however, believe that many of us have resolved to talk and not take action. Trust me, if you see this group live, there is no way you will be able to stand still, and you will leave uplifted, enlightened, and motivated to change the world.  I have added links from their site www.groundation.com with mp3 samples of their music. And before you ask, no, I am NOT on their payroll.

I'm sure most would agree that Los Angeles is a place that needs conscious music desperately. Our youth are under the spell of mindless nonsense "sung" over sampled tracks that promote sex, violence, and promiscuity. They don't know their history, have no pride in their heritage, and are virtually unconscious. The sad thing is, their parents are listening to the same music

It is up to us to guide the youth. I believe a good start would be demanding more venues and festivals provide conscious artists. I have created a petition that I will pass on to the promoters of these events to show that L.A. has a conscious and a desire for conscious artists. The first artist I would like to start with is Groundation. Please support conscious music by following the link below and signing my petition. The children are depending on you. And remember, a closed mouth never gets fed. Give thanks.

Don't talk about it, be about it.