Brown Rice Family
Brown Rice Family is today's freshest world roots band jamming towards global solidarity and organic happiness. Guided by a strong belief in the natural ﬂow of things, BRF provides the masses with a distinctively organic World Roots Music, which encompasses reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, afro beat, jazz stylings, rock, brazilian, Latin, and funk.
The band was formed while its members were attending the City College of New York. Initially, BRF started off with two members, Yuichi and former member Joe Jang, who both shared the belief that one should live in a healthy environment and eat naturally grown food. While ﬂirting with their organic approach to living and music, they came across brown rice---one of the healthiest foods for human consumption.
The band began to grow and is presently comprised of eight members hailing from all over the world---Japan, Jamaica, Haiti, Nigeria, South Africa and USA. The members' diverse national backgrounds set the stage for their unique coexistence, their musical creativity and dance. The BRF sound is in the truest sense of the words, World Roots Music. The Brown Rice Family vibe is similar to Fela Kuti’s, but if Bob Marley and Antonio Carlos wanted to get on board for a gig, they would. BRF's colorful sound waves will carry rhythm surfers on a musical! journey that straddles ancient and contemporary global sounds. BRF ﬁrmly believes in self-improvement and environmental improvement, and so the collective is perpetually seeking out healthier ways of living, grooving, and eating. And this belief is not only in their music, it stretches out into the crafting of the band-made “Brown Rice Family soap”. This soap is made of the most natural ingredients available from organic farmers and suppliers. Click here for Brown Rice Family soap making video.
This "family" creates world rhythm driven music and dance that is nutritious for every age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, group, and occasion.Brown Rice Family is currently holding title of WNYC the Battle of the Borough: Brooklyn Champion 2012 and the Ultimate Battle NYC Champion 2012.
Nikhil P. Yerawadekar and Low Mentality
Originally hailing from Queens, New York, Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality bring a uniquely melodic and bass heavy sound to Brooklyn. Influenced by everything from '80s and '90s hip-hop, reggae, calypso and dancehall to American country and various styles of West African music, the music they make is formulated to feel good—great tunes played with spontaneity and strength, never losing focus on that right kind of rhythm.
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Combining a daunting array of musical styles and influences to produce a signature sound that is not quite maestro, not quite emcee, this group of two classically trained violinists and their DJ is redefining the music world-one string at a time. With influences ranging from Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z, Black Violin breaks all the rules, blending the classical with the modern to create something rare-a sound that nobody has ever heard, but that everybody wants to feel.