ONE WORLD TRIBE
Music for the People
Kennedy Thompson first spoke to me about One World
Tribe in 1992. He asked if I would be interested in playing
keyboards for a
group he was putting together. Kennedy had hired me previously to
perform his Latin jazz ensemble arrangements, which is where I
first met fellow Tribe members Mark Marchant and Matty Walker, and
Kenny Cornelius of J.D. and the
Sons of Rhythm.
Almost a year later, he called to
begin scheduling rehearsals. Our first cover tune was One
by Frankie Beverly and Maze, followed by a crop of
Santana, The Meters, Bob Marley, Ruben Blades,
and many other Latin, funk, reggae, World
Beat, and Hip-Hop songs. These first rehearsals
consisted of Kennedy, myself, Kenny Hollis [funky stroke],
Mike Chin, Brad Amidon, Preach Freedom, Matty
Walker, and occasional strays and
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After almost a year of preparation,
the group began playing in local and regional clubs. Lead
vocalist / frontman Preach connected with the crowds immediately, and began to
expand the members of One World Tribe to include all of
the human family. We also began working on our original material,
composing and arranging, learning each other's style and ideas,
and field-testing the material in clubs and at festivals. It was
during this time that Preach and I co-wrote Who Gets The
Money? and Go Forward, two of the fourteen
songs on our first CD release.
I also wrote
Unity And Diversity during this time, which became
the title track of that first CD. This song also won Finalist
World Category in the
John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 1998, and will be
included in an upcoming Green Party CD, released as a
fundraiser for the 2004 Presidential Election.
This classic One World Tribe debut CD has just been re-released,
and is available for purchase
After a few more years of extensive
regional roadwork, One World Tribe established its
presence in Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Rochester,
Syracuse, and throughout the Eastern Great Lakes Region.
More material, experience and fans led to the need for another
release, which became The World
Today. Recorded at
Midtown Recording Studios, this album captures the live
feel of the group, with seven club-tested originals,
including the title track by Thompson, Hollis, Preach,
and Jimmy Jackson.
Using partial funding from a PENNPAT grant award, the
Armed and Dangerous,
was released in 2008. This album focuses on Hip-Hop,
combining lyrical style with Reggae, World Beat, Latin, Funk, and of course,
the Hip Hop sound itself.
Emcees Preach Freedom, chelaBOP and D. J. Chilly J.
are joined by Kingpin and guests Buju, Dyce,
Xodous, King Tappa, and Slice the Mic Snatcha on multiple
rounds of Hip Hop throughout the disc.
One World Tribe is back to work in 2009 after a hiatus for health reasons.
Check the OWT Calendar for upcoming gigs and events.
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