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The Heart Beat of Afrika Tour, Benefit Tour: Botswana & South Africa Development Project

Sunday, October 29, 2006
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Event Type:
Roots and Culture International
(866) 524-5669
Location Details:
Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702

The Heart Beat of Afrika Tour
Botswana & South Africa Development Project
International Arts, Music & Culture with Powerful Live Music featuring Conscious Roots Reggae and Original World Music, also Crucial DJs, MCs, Hi-Fi Sound Systems, Arts & Crafts & More! Artists include Keys of Creation, Kush & Bloodfiyah Angels, Jimi Bridges, Heartical Roots, Manaka, Rocker-T, Positive Sound Massive, Empress Lindsay Love, Apostle Gabriel, JAH Firm, Comanche High Power Sound Station with more artists & DJs TBA.

The purpose of this tour is to gather funds to be used directly for The Education & Development Project for both Botswana & South Africa respectively. The Heart Beat of Afrika Tour is a global community effort sharing the great healing power of music & the arts as well as giving an awareness, insight, & education to the general public about the people of Africa. The Hearts of our brothers & sisters in Africa have expressed, "It is I&I ultimate desire to see ignorance be totally abolished, illiteracy destroyed and our people having a sharpened understanding. Education is the right tool to achieve this mission, that is why I&I is looking for a means to establish a community library" – Moeketsane T.P. Ras Creation King. This Project provides a way to contribute directly to the hearts of the people in Botswana & South Africa by helping develop education in a Positive Direction.
The foundation of all Roots Music is the Heartbeat. The sound of the drum speaks, "Be good, Do good". All of the artists & everyone involved with the tour are voluntarily donating their time, energy & equipment for this special Project. "Unity is the key to success" is the motto of this tour. Artists & musicians from distances as well as local areas are participating and sharing their gifts at these shows. Heavy, deep Roots Reggae & Organic World Music are lighting up the stage along with Ites Conscious DJs & MCs keeping the vibes nice. Sponsors of the tour include individual donors, NOTR South Africa, Positive Creations, WMB, Homeless in Action, Roots & Culture International and Strong Love Records.

Artists' Bio (alphabetical)

Heartical Roots, Roots Reggae
Heartical Roots is the collaborative song writing team of FredI and Ras Joseph committed to bring conscious Reggae music to JAH people. In an association that spans 15 years, the brethren have developed a concept to fulfill their vision by establishing both a performing band and a production company to promote Bay Area artists.
Producers of the lively "Reggae on the Corner Sessions" at El Rincon niteclub, located in the heart of San Francisco’s landmark Mission District, Heartical Roots cultivates quality music and ethical business practices. In performance, as the house band for El Rincon, Heartical Roots Band is widely regarded as one of the best rhythm sections in Northern California. Artists such as KPFA’s Tony Moses, Razor Blade, Jr Toots and the legendary Jamaican singer Earl Zero, among many others, have chosen HRB to back them in key performances at El Rincon and around the greater Bay Area.
Heartical Roots as a showcase band has no peer. Performing original music from their CD, "World Crisis" and other upcoming releases, Heartical Roots is a proven crowd elevator.
FredI - lead vocal / percussion
Ras Joseph - guitar / background vocals
Wadell Bell - bass / background vocals
Eddie Arnold - Drums
Danny Macaferty - Keyboards
For more information about Heartical Roots, visit

Jimi Bridges Music, Without Borders
"This music is a living art form coming out of the heart. It is music of healing, of peace." Jimi Bridges performs and records all original music on instruments from around the world including Africa, India, Jamaica, Japan, Europe and more. Jimi plays original music that cannot be described or defined by any one style or genre. His musical influences come from deep roots in gospel, devotional bhajans, kirtan, nyahbinghi, reggae, folk, blues, jazz, rock and r&b. Jimi has over 20 years of performing experience. This unique music is soulful, touching the innermost through sound, bringing peace of mind and elevation of spirit."
Jimi Bridges offers mystic music, a pure organic blend of the modern & the ancient. Seeing Jimi live is a real eye opener, true upliftment and inspiration.
Jimi expresses that "Music is the universal language that all people of the world can understand and feel. Music speaks heart to heart... Music can break down the barriers or walls within our being separating us from our joy and our truth, and music has that power that it can transform our life to move us in a positive direction. And when we can change ourselves from within, we can also change the world around us."
Instrumentation includes: acoustic guitars, melodicas, nyahbinghi, African, & Indian drums, various percussion, bells, chimes, flutes and other world instruments…
For more information about Jimi Bridges visit:

Keys of Creation, Roots Reggae
Keys of Creation is an ancient roots musik with a new flava. Originally hailing from the Somoa Islands, and now based out of Southern California, Keys of Creation comes forward to the people in full Rastafari power delivering the positive vibration of roots reggae. This musik is shining light and meditation for the youth. Keys of Creation is a roots foundation band with pure Rasta vybz performing all original conscious musik. The band is tight, and performs on real instruments. The musik is played with heavy roots bass lines that keep the crowd entranced, interlocking with the ancient heartbeat rhythm of the roots drum. The vocals are a blend of sweet melody and ancient chant. This is authentic roots reggae musik with poetic lyrics of reality and life. Keys of Creation opens doors for the youth to come in all generations. The sounds of the musik and the meaning of the message are one: come together and live together in love, and in harmony. Keys of Creation is old roots with a new flava combined with positive vision and positive solutions for all people. Keys of Creation new CD release, "Let Your Light Shine" is now available!
Drums: Daniel Holmes
Bass: Ras Dan Maiava
Keys: Sila Pouvi
Guitar: Ray Castro
Vocals: Iakopo Jones
For more information about Keys of Creation visit:

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