Friday November 7th – Nappy Riddem & Roots of A Rebellion at Asheville Music Hall

Friday November 7th, 2014
Asheville Music Hall presents….


Genre: Reggae/Funk/Soul
Cover: $8 Adv / $10 DOS
Ages: 21+
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Nappy Riddem:

Since releasing their debut album on Fort Knox Recordings in 2011, NAPPY RIDDEM has been busy touring nationwide and releasing a string of remixes, transforming itself into an uplifting and conscious reggae band that is funky enough to pack the dancefloor. Started by Mustafa Akbar and Rex Riddem, NAPPY RIDDEM is now joined in the studio and on stage by drummer Jon Modell as part of a 6 piece live band. Other players inlcude Charles Flye (keys), Gordon Sterling (guitar / vocals) and Michael Calve (bass).

The Rock Steady EP contains four upbeat reggae tracks that represent NAPPY RIDDEM’s fresh new sound! The EP starts off strong with a track that shows the group is serious about the healing of the nation. “I Wish” is a deep and meaningful track that reaches the soulful depth of Mustafa Akbar’s vocals. The title track, “Rock Steady” oozes positivity with a groovy, rocksteady vibe, and features Rex Riddem on Ukulele and lead vocals. Keeping the dance vibe going is “Rastaman”, rudeboy defiance on top of an irresistible stepping beat results in pure fire! Closing out the EP is “Red Blood”, featuring Brittany Tanner on additional vocals, a emotional ballad for the people, it is sweet and full of soul.

The Nappy Riddem sound has developed into its own brand of “Dancehall Funk” that moves bodies, hearts, and minds. The Rock Steady EP represents a new beginning for this exciting band from Washington, DC. Reggae for the dancefloor, messages for the people, and fresh beats for the heads. Check out live sets and dj mixes to get to know them better


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Roots of a Rebellion:

Roots of a Rebellion, commonly referred to as ROAR, hail from Nashville, TN and bolster heavy Reggae-Rock-Dub music for the soul. ROAR is known for their dynamic live shows centered around their progressive sound and energy. In between regional touring, ROAR has released their “Inner Light EP” back in 2012 and most recently their debut full length album, “Heartifact” available on iTunes and Amazon, as well as Bandcamp. Having shared the stage with The Wailers, NEEDTOBREATHE, Slightly Stoopid, moe, North Mississippi Allstars, SOJA, and countless others, Roots of a Rebellion is happy to represent another side to Music City, USA.

Roots of a Rebellion’s music offers elements of Reggae, Rock, Dub and Soul while putting an emphasis on tight horn sections, catchy melodies, and conscious lyrics. This authentic and powerful combination creates a sound that is both physically and mentally captivating. Hailing from various corners of the United States, each member brings unique musical experiences and passions to the band’s sound.

While continuing to grow as a band, Roots of a Rebellion desires to put just as much emphasis on community and global unity as they do on music. They see their music as a tool for change and can be found off the stage playing their part to better our world. R.O.A.R. will continue marching on representing truth and love through music.


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