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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

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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: Hey Hey Hey (Radio Single)

1. Hey Hey Hey

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Track List: Once A Day (Single)

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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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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if you read this and ignore it you will get bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the save bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy
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micheleruiz7
Don't read this because it actually works.you will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow wil be the best day of your life.However if you don't post this you will be injured (but you won't die) in two days.Now you started this don't stop.Post this on at least five songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters.
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micheleruiz7
say i phone say color post this 5 times look under pillow
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say i phone say color post this 5 times look under pillow
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say i phone say color post this 5 times look under pillow
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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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tkpost1
You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday tomorrow will be the best day of your life put that put this on five songs in 148 minutes when you were done press f6 and your lovers name appear on the screen in big letters
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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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Kiss the back of your hand
Post this on two songs
Look on the back of your hand
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Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you dont post you will die in two days. Now youve started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters on the screen this is so scary because it works.
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Kiss your hand ten times and post this to two other songs and look at your hand!
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Say Ariana 5 times then post this on 2 other songs and check your voice
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Kiss the back of your hand
Post this on two songs
Look on the back of your hand
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Say iPhone five times
Pick a color
Post on five other songs
Look under your pillow
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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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adronadron
Love
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atribolet9
Kiss your left hand and say your crushes name three time post this on 2 other songs and he/she will ask you out
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Say iPhone 5 times
Say color
Post this 5 times
Look under pillow
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Say iPhone 5 times
Say color
Post this 5 times
Look under pillow
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow you will have the best day of your life. However, if you don't post this on at least 5 songs in an hour and a half you will have the worst day of your life.
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Say Adrianna 5 times
Post this on two songs
Check your voice
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soqqi
REALLY LIKE THIS SONG!!!!!!
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Don't read this because it actually works.you will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow wil be the best day of your life.However if you don't post this you will be injured (but you won't die) in two days.Now you started this don't stop.Post this on at least five songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters.
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Don't read this because it actually works.you will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday.Tomor r o w will be the best day of your life.However if you don't post this you will be injured (but you won't die) in two days.Now you started this so don't stop.Post this on at least five songs in the next 143 minutes.When you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters.this is so scary but it actually works.

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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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Kiss your hand.
Say your crushes name.
Pick a day.
Post this on 15 stations.
Your crush will ask you out .the day you picked.
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This song is just SO COOL...Love it...PEACE
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Michael,

Tunkasila.

Pilamaye.

Washte.

Wophila.

Washte!



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Don't read this it actually works. On the closest Friday your lover will kiss you if you don't you will be injured but not die. Post this on 5 songs you have 143 minutes. When you are done press f6 your lovers name will appear on the screen and capitol letters.
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KEEP SHINNING
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Your awesome my momma has your CD and we listen to it in her van all of us love your songs
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