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In Search of a Homeland ft. Joe Herrera & Matt Rippetoe

by Shamans of Sound

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Hailing from Washington, DC means that the Shamans Of Sound is made up of a diverse group of individuals who come from around the world. As such, the Statue of Liberty, aka the Mother of Exiles, is an enduring symbol of freedom and opportunity. As a tribute to this Mother of Exiles who has provided shelter for these musicians, the Shamans of Sound have recorded their own Mother of Exiles Riddim. They have invited a few other Washington, DC musicians to feature on this riddim and the results are nothing short of magical. Proving that music is a mission and not a competition, get ready for some mind-blowing collaborations.

The Mother of Exiles Riddim itself is like a reggae wormhole, so close your eyes and let your imagination run wild. The dubbed out drum breaks will take you a mystical land of irie vibes, and there's enough reverb and echo delay to smooth out the journey. The multi-layered, flowing grooves create a classic one drop bed, this riddim reaches out and just pulls the listener right in. The Shamans of Sound have crafted an excellent riddim on which any musician or vocalist would be eager to flow on top.

The next featured artists to touch the Mother of Exiles Riddim is Joe Herrera & Matt Rippetoe, on trumpet and saxophone, respectively. No strangers to reggae music, these guys form the core of the Thievery Corporation and See-I horn sections. The two horn players take the listener on a voyage, a journey In Search of a Homeland. The two horns complement each other perfectly, and their melody floats nicely above the riddim's dubby grooves. With a sound that conures great reggae saxophonist Dean Fraser, Herrera and Rippetoe have created a lush soundscape and an instant jazzy reggae classic.

After releasing a few vocal tunes featuring some residents and guests, Shamans of Sound are stoked to be dropping a true riddim tune and instrumental workout. Widget Dub is only the first foray on the Mother of Exiles riddim, so be sure to check out the other tracks on this original riddim. And who knows, maybe your favorite vocalist will touch this riddim at a show and blow the crowd away, you'll just have to come see the Shamans of Sound live and direct to find out.


released November 22, 2019


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Shamans of Sound Washington, D.C.

The Shamans of Sound is a new project, but the band members are all veterans of the Washington,
D.C. scene. Their diversity is their strength as they bring a variety of experiences and influences to the table, ranging from roots and dub to hip-hop, r&b, soul, funk and
dancehall but its their shared love of reggae which brings everyone together
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