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Michael Franti & Spearhead

Since his days as a member of the Beatnigs while in his early twenties, Michael Franti grew from an angry young hip-hopper with a political, socially conscious bent (the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Spearhead) to a man who channeled his seriousness, social unease, and desire for change and merged them with his love for music, particularly old-school R&B, soul, and hip-hop. What he left behind in brash, make-some-noise aesthetic, he gained in compassion. And through his use of his own raw power -- charisma, sex appeal, sense of social injustice -- he carried out in his music a community-generated passion in much the same way as Gil Scott-Heron or Marvin Gaye.

Franti was adopted at birth by white parents in the predominantly black community of Oakland, California. That set of contradictory circumstances instilled in him a hyper-awareness of his own cultural identity as did the sobering fact that his more thoughtful, less provocative style of expression was not accepted by the African-American audience that had embraced a harsher, more combative faction of the hip hop movement. In 1986, Franti formed the drum'n'bass/industrial duo the Beatnigs with turntablist Rono Tse, disbanding after one album. He then formed the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, whose combination of jazz-influenced heavy rap set out to challenge the materialism and misogyny of what had become mainstream rap.

His next project, Spearhead, produced the critically acclaimed Home in 1990. The album contained his biggest single, "Hole in the Bucket," a thoughtful lament on the plight of the homeless, and "Positive," which addressed the growing AIDS epidemic. The album boasted adept funk samplings, sinuous guitar vamps, and soulful, melodic tracks about family and social injustice. Released in 1997, Chocolate Supa Highway was not as pop-friendly as Home, but neither did its themes of kidnappings and police brutality lend themselves to such overt accessibility. Its mixture of harsher musical styles -- techno, rock, and funk -- was a step forward for Franti as his world view broadened and deepened. In 2001, Franti released Stay Human. In it he expresses his anger at the system, his advocacy of love, and his belief in freedom through individuality and self-expression through a set of songs that revolve around a fictitious death penalty case. In it, his embrace of the genres that inspired him is achieved with eloquence.

Songs from the Front Porch was Franti's first proper solo album, appearing in 2003. It was an acoustic affair that had him focusing even more on his singing, but not at the expense of his intelligent, thought-provoking lyrics. In 2005, Love Kamikaze: The Lost Sex Singles & Collectors' Remixes appeared. Again billed only to Franti, it was a collection of Spearhead tracks that didn't quite fit into the albums they were originally recorded for (as well as a couple different mixes from the Stay Human album). In 2006, Franti and Spearhead released Yell Fire! The album was partially recorded in Kingston, Jamaica, and, along with the book and film I Know I'm Not Alone, was part of a trilogy that was themed as documenting Franti's then-recent visits to Israel, Palestine, and Iraq. Numerous live releases took Franti to 2008 and a new album, All Rebel Rockers. The album was once again recorded in Jamaica and featured the legendary rhythm section of Sly & Robbie. Franti and his band spent a few months touring in support of John Mayer before settling down to record again, releasing The Sound of Sunshine in 2010. After a tour, some humanitarian work, and time off, Franti returned to recording; All People was released in the summer of 2013. ~ Travis Drageset, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: All People (Deluxe)

2. 11:59

3. I'm Alive (Life Sounds Like)

4. Long Ride Home

5. Life Is Better With You

6. Earth From Outer Space

7. Closer To You

8. Gangsta Girl

9. Show Me A Sign

10. I Don't Wanna Go

11. Do It For The Love

13. On And On

14. Wherever You Are

15. Say Goodbye

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Track List: The Sound Of Sunshine

1. The Sound Of Sunshine

2. Shake It

3. Hey Hey Hey

4. Anytime You Need Me

5. I'll Be Waiting

6. The Only Thing Missing Was You

7. Love Don't Wait

8. The Thing That Makes Me Get Through

9. Gloria

10. Headphones

11. The Sound Of Sunshine Going Down

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Track List: All Rebel Rockers

1. Rude Boys Back In Town

2. A Little Bit Of Riddim

3. Life In The City

4. Hey World (Remote Control Version)

5. All I Want Is You

6. Say Hey (I Love You)

7. I Got Love For You

8. Soundsystem

9. Hey World (Don't Give Up Version)

10. The Future

11. High Low

12. Nobody Right Nobody Wrong

13. Have A Little Faith

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Track List: Yell Fire! Live

1. Time To Go Home (Live)

2. Yell Fire! (Live)

3. Hello Bonjour (Feat. Gabriel Rios) (Live)

4. Sweet Little Lies (Live)

5. Sometimes (Live)

6. Rock The Nation (Live)

7. I Know I'm Not Alone (Live)

8. Everybody Deserves Music (Live)

9. Please Take Me Home (Live)

10. Everybody Ona Move (Live)

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Track List: Yell Fire!

1. Time To Go Home

2. Yell Fire

3. I Know I'm Not Alone

4. East To The West

5. Sweet Little Lies

6. Hello Bonjour

7. One Step Closer To You

8. Hey Now Now

9. Everybody Ona Move

10. See You In The Light

11. Light Up Ya Lighter

12. What I've Seen

13. Tolerance

14. Is Love Enough?

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Track List: Everyone Deserves Music

1. What I Be

2. We Don't Stop

3. Everyone Deserves Music

4. Never Too Late

5. Bomb The World

6. Pray For Grace

7. Love, Why Did You Go Away?

8. Yes I Will

9. Feelin' Free

10. Love Invincible

12. Crazy, Crazy, Crazy

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Track List: Stay Human

1. Oh My God

2. Radio Segment, Pt.1

3. Stay Human (All The Freaky People)

4. Radio Segment, Pt.2

5. Rock The Nation

6. Sometimes

7. Radio Segment, Pt.3

8. Do Ya Love

9. Radio Segment, Pt.4

10. Soulshine

11. Every Single Soul

12. Radio Segment, Pt.5

13. Love'll Set Me Free

14. Thank You

15. Radio Segment, Pt.6

16. We Don't Mind

17. Radio Segment, Pt.7

18. Speaking Of Tongues

19. Radio Segment, Pt.8

20. Listener Supported

21. Radio Segment, Pt.9

22. Skin On The Drum

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Track List: Crazy For You (Single)

1. Crazy For You

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Track List: Hey Hey Hey (Radio Single)

1. Hey Hey Hey

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Track List: Once A Day (Single)

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Track List: Once A Day Rise Up (Remixes)

1. Once A Day (Feat. Sonna Rele & Supa Dups) (Love Life Mix)

2. Once A Day (Feat. Sonna Rele & Supa Dups) (Tequila Mix)

3. Once A Day (Feat. Sonna Rele & Supa Dups) (Desperados Remix)

4. Once A Day (Feat. Sonna Rele & Supa Dups) (Cutmore Club Mix / Radio Edit)

5. Once A Day (Feat. Sonna Rele & Supa Dups) (Morlando Club Mix / Radio Edit)

6. Once A Day (Feat. Sonna Rele & Supa Dups) (Supa Dups Mix)

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Track List: Soulrocker

1. Crazy For You

5. We Are All Earthlings

9. Once A Day [Feat. Sonna Rele]

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I likejace
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DON'T READ THIS!!! This is creepy but it works. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday. Repost this on 15 songs in 143 mins. If you don't than you will have bad luck. When you are done press the space bar and your crush's name will appear in big letters.
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Once A Day Instrumental : Nice shirt
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Set hey is my fav song
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I love " Say Hey" omg I loved the movie Beverly Hills chihuahua lol
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The first time I heard this in Beverly Hills chihuahua lawl XD lol
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madisonbyers
Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Post on 5 other songs
Look under ur pillow
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I love Michael franti he is the best singer in the whole entire world we even got to go to one of his do it for the love concerts and I got to go up on stage and throw big yellow balls around
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Once a day I love this song
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Don't read this or you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life now you started reading this is so freaky but if you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck put this on 15 songs in 145 minutes when your done space bar and your crushes name will appear in big
letters on the screen this is so creepy it actually works
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Kiss you're left hand say your crushes name pick a school day, post on five other song and your crush will ask you out
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bunkiedoodle
Awesome song
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I love this song


I said hey from around the world
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Love this song
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Say. Hey (I love you )
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Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, the Day of the Festival of Patrick), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. ☘
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So awesome
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Sound of sunshine!!! LOL. ;P
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Beaners gonna hit you in the face. Lol
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justagurel2
I swear I hear Cheech Marin on this song! I can't find anything that says who is featured with him though? Anyone know?
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Love this song
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I love that shirt that he's wearing. I like what it says.
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✌️❤️
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A few years back Franti & Spearhead opened for Jason Mraz on the main stage at Bumbershoot in Seattle. One of the best shows I ever saw. He has everybody up and jumping! Nothing against Mraz but there was no way he could top it. We left for the beer gardens as soon as Franti was done.
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say i phone say color post this 5 times look under pillow
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Chimp Munks, love this song. Lol
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Blue
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Ugh so annoying
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And tributes should use the right lyrics
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Badfish does it better
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This is one of my fave songs. Love it!
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Yes Bad As_!Band. They r Alsome!!
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Your the beeeeeeeeeee e e e s s ß s s s s s s s s s t
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Hi
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Love
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REALLY LIKE THIS SONG!!!!!!
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I love this song because it makes me think of Skiing!
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Once a Day: great message and a great song. Thank you babies :-) THIS I appreciate.
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Good photo in your bio Michael. :-)
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I QUIT SMOKING ONE YEAR AGO TODAY.... THANK GOD... IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HEARING MY STORY... LET ME KNOW... I WILL TELL, BUT, I HAVE TO WRITE A BOOK STILL.. HAHAHAHA.
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THIS IS MY FAVORITE SONG,SUNG MY A BOY.IT REMINDS ME OF BEVERALY HILLS OF CHIUAHAUS
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I am your FRIEND ANYWAY .. Does that matter GUESS NOT .. Oh well whannnnn
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I LOVE MICHAEL FRANTI.
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I love this song it makes me think of my crush
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This song is just SO COOL...Love it...PEACE
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