About this project
We have reached our financial goal! Absolutely amazed! Big Big Big thanks to all of you who have contributed.But we still have more time left. See the FAQ's and a few paragraphs down to find out what we'll use any additional funds for.
REBEL TUMBAO…what’s it mean? The word “tumbao” in Spanish slang means “groove” so what we are is “Rebel Groove”!
We (the two founders of Rebel Tumbao: Matt Jenson, keyboardist/composer/arranger and Jose Claussell, percussionist/composer/arranger) came up with the idea to merge the rhythms of Afro-Cuba and the conscious-raising mission of real Roots Reggae about 8 years ago and a few years later were joined by the amazingly talented and charismatic singer Toussaint Yeshua. This kickstarter video documents our work over the last couple of years and includes footage from a concert we did at Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland, CA (with a smaller ‘unplugged’ group) and footage from our recent studio sessions starting the process of recording our debut CD.
We call this new sound AfroLatinRootsReggae. We believe we have successfully married the soul of Afro Latin music with the consciousness of Roots Reggae and found the rhythmic veins that prove that these two musics and their extensions are first cousins, but you be the judge!
The Rebel Tumbao band in its entirety is 10 pieces strong including 3 percussionists, 2 back up singers, bass, piano, 2 trombonists and of course our inspired lead singer Toussaint Yeshua.
Our immediate goal is to finish this recording. The $10,000 we are asking for will cover the costs of mixing and mastering the recording, however, now that we are surpassing our financial goal, we'll be using these extra funds to develop our website, to complete the CD artwork and packaging and to support a myriad of other needs as we get ready for crucial first performance opportunities that will come our way in 2012. We are so grateful to all who have contributed!!
OCCUPY!!! Most people these days can feel that we are rapidly approaching a critical cross-roads in the development of human kind, or at the very least in the "devolvement" of our economic system. Many of the foundations of our society are being shaken to the core and as a result the incredible opportunity is rising to make significant and positive changes in the way things are done and the reasons why we do them. Music has always played a critical role in such times of wrenching change. We invite you to support this project which ultimately harnesses the power to ignite transformed minds, souls and bodies!
We’ve come up with some fun and desirable rewards for you, including things like an iPod filled with play lists from our vast personal music collections, exclusive RT t-shirts, invitations to rehearsals, free passes to concerts, private concerts…and yes, we’ll even walk your dog! Matt and Jose are also quite inspired teachers. Matt has been on the piano faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston for 10 years and has developed a smash hit class called “The Music and Life of Bob Marley.” As part of our array of rewards we are offering private lessons or (for non musicians), private music appreciation sessions. Here’s what we mean:
PRIVATE LESSON/SESSION DESCRIPTIONS: Private lessons with Mattor Jose on piano or percussion in the styles of jazz, blues, rock, Afro-Cuban, reggae and world styles.
1-2 hour music appreciation session with Matt or Jose focused on the music and life of Bob Marley or on the history of Afro-Cuban music from a soul perspective.
These sessions can take place at our studios, at your home (you pay travel and lodging costs) or over the internet._____________________________________________________________________
Here’s our rough T-Shirt design. The final version may vary somewhat, but it’ll be great no matter what!
The text on the back side reads like this:Rebel\ ‘reb-el 1a: one who rebels 1b: to oppose those in authority who do not act in the best interest of humankind
Tumbao\ túm-‘Baó (Spanish) 1a: slang – to play music with extreme passion 1b: to groove your ass off
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR TAKING INTEREST IN OUR PROJECT!
*** We’d like to extend a very special thanks to Mr. Ron Wyman of ZeroGravity Films for editing our video. He’s been with since the beginning and does absolutely amazing work. Thanks Ron!!
*** Big ups to the amazing musicians we've been working with and who appear in the video: Karl Perazzo, Geoff Brenan, Ruben Rodriguez, Orlando Vega, Anthony Carillo.
*** The musicians on the recording: Anthony Carillo (percussion), Orlando Vega (percussion), Manolo Mairena (percussion, coro's), Ruben Rodriguez (bass), Catherine Russell (backing vocals), Cleveland Jones (backing vocals), Darcel Wilson (backing vocals), Herman Olivera (soneo's), Angel Subero (trombone), Squantch (trombone).
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