I’ll be in your (SF) Neck Of The Woods.

1Jul

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Come out if you haven’t been able to experience my band (FatheRBrotheRSun) play lately, as we’ll be at the Neck Of The Woods.

53-elgWe open the show for Stymie and The Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra, and The Brothers Prince, two damn great projects worth your time. You can listen to their music by going to this link:

http://www.neckofthewoodssf.com/event/892619-stymie-pimp-jones-luv-san-francisco/

Venue Address:

406 CLEMENT STREET (BETWEEN 5TH AND 6TH AVE) | SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118
OPEN FROM 6PM – 2AM DAILY
415-387-6343


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Happy Birthday 2 Me!

22Jun

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June 22nd, I celebrated 39 years of life, and will this entire year of mine! I reflect and feel the love, efforts, hands, words, sentiments, guidance and blessings, and I am pleased, and grateful.

For my day of birth, press play on this playlist, and listen to what you hear. I would love to share my medicine with you too.

I was blessed to witness Jimmy Cliff on Saturday night, and it is clear to me that love is the most important tool in life. Bless.

Cheers!

Atiim Chenzira

Seeking a manager?

8Jun

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I just browsed around while contemplating the topic of seeking management, and this is what I have found: https://bandzoogle.com/blog/musicians-you-don-t-find-a-manager-a-manager-finds-you

 Well, I guess I better just keep doing this thing until, one day, when a manager “finds” me.

Cheers.

In the meantime…

Chew on this for a bit. Just sit back and press play… Let’s take a trip together. Bless. ~Atiim

 

06/05/2015 – The New Parish

1Jun

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Simo & Mancub feat. Atiim Chenzira

It seems like yesterday when Kosta Cross called me and asked if he could shoot my number to Simo. I asked, “For what, and who is Simo?”, and Kosta replied, “Well, Simo is a producer and DJ, and I told him that if he wanted a lyricist and vocalist he’d better call you.” “Sure”, I said. A month passed and I hadn’t written a word, as I was still attempting to wrap my head around the beat. Shit! I’d better write something, I said to myself, and the day of our scheduled studio time six verses poured out of me; three of which made it to their new single ‘Proper Job’. It’s A collaborative production between Simo of Sleevin Records and Mancub of the San Francisco Space Cowboys (a Burning Man Tribe of musicians/DJ’s). Oh, and it’s free to download!!!

The Single Release Party ~ Friday 6/5/2015 at the Oakland New Parish: Calendar.

Facebook Event Link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1421348001515257

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW:

https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/840843

The Bistro – Saturday 05/30/15 – Hayward, CA

28May

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Here it is. This Saturday, I join the band JJ Jamz in Hayward to sing some covers, play around with some new ideas, and to perform some tunes from my latest album Aspectz Of Me. I don’t know what I’m going to do yet, and it’s game time, but I will have fun, and so will you.

The Bistro is a cool corner bar and food joint in the heart of Hayward, and it is a fun time. Come out if you’re in the area.  I’m also welcoming anyone to the stage who wants to collaborate in the freedom of live music.

Come out and just enjoy the vibez.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1585892811693934/

FB event link

Felton Spotlight: Atiim Boykin, Lead Therapist Back on Track and Transitions SF

22May

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I have decided to share another aspect of myself, one that is very closely aligned with my values, and character as a man. I was highlighted in my agency’s (Felton Institute) newsletter this month, after being interviewed by Janice Edwards of Bay Area Vista (http://www.bayareavista.com/). I am honored. 
She wrote:

 

atiim_chenzira-_dsc6311Atiim is focused, dedicated and passionate about helping those in the Back on Track and Transitions San Francisco programs stay on the pathway to a life of success, even when it is sometimes a rocky road. A Bay Area native of African-American and Filipino descent, Atiim earned his master’s degree at the University of San Francisco, and he brought his impressive arsenal of talents to Felton institute in 2012.

The Back on Track Program (BOT) was created by Kamala Harris during her tenure as District Attorney of San Francisco. It is a prosecutor-led re-entry model focused on preventing recidivism among non-violent first time offenders. The program requires a minimum 12 month commitment that provides therapy, educational, career, parenting, health and community goal training with each participant creating a personal responsibility plan with their case-managers and a (POC) plan of care with their Felton therapist to help achieve his or her goals.

This collaborative venture of the San Francisco District Attorney’s office, Goodwill and Felton means that successful graduates of the year long program will not go to prison or jail nor be placed on probation or parole, and that their cases will be dismissed. The participants pay restitution to society by completing 220 hours of community service with agencies like Glide Memorial Church and other non-profits in and around San Francisco and Alameda Counties.

Atiim has a warm yet firm demeanor; he listens and speaks with a discerning and compassionate spirit. When someone is referred to the Back on Track program, there is a six week suitability period; Boykin’s skills play a key role in assessing appropriate candidates.

“I support a clientele of individuals who are conditioned by community violence, aka trauma, grief, and loss. These individuals are primarily people of color from low-income and high-crime neighborhoods, as they unfortunately go hand and hand. For most of my clients, Felton is their first contact with a mental health clinician.

So, we are charged with the responsibility of gathering important bio-psycho-social information from a clientele whose level of trust for ‘outsiders’ is very minimal. This is because of distrust for authority figures, due to a history of real and perceived personal and community injustice.”

Atiim’s work in the BOT program of Restorative Justice is in alignment with his personal mission to improve every aspect of the world he touches.

“The grace of the BOT program builds a bit of trust with a community that needs to feel included, respected, and human in the eyes of their government, both local and national. BOT is a healing agent, and I am glad to be a member of the Back On Track team.”

As full as his plate is with his responsibilities as Lead Therapist for Back on Track and Transitions SF programs, Atiim also leads a band (FatheR BrotheR Sun), and has also established a loyal following as a recording artist. To learn more about the personal side of this multi-talented, multi-faceted member of the Felton family, visit  www.atiimchenzira.com.

Written by Janice Edwards, 5/2015

 

To learn more about the Felton Institute, visit: www.Felton.org
More about Back On Track from Kamala Harris:
1. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-oew-harris26-2009jun26-story.html
2. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kamala-d-harris/finding-the-path-back-on_b_350679.html

Oaktown Indie Mayhem (OIM) & Awaken Cafe Present: 5/23/15 EMF 2015 After Party

12May

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Hello, folks!

My band, FatheR BrotheR Sun, will be headlining at Awaken Cafe on Saturday May 23rd, 2015, and will be joined by an Emeryville funk band, Color TV.

Doors at 8 / $7 in Adv – $10 at Door

VENUE: THE AWAKEN CAFE

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Eastlake Music Festival (EMF) 2015

Awaken Cafe is an official Eastlake Music Fesitval (EMF) After Party Location. The festival is FREE, but the After Party is not, so come out and support great music, local musicians, and your local business’.

Website: http://eastlakemusicfestival.org/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/eastlakemusicfestival

ODB & ATW – May 9th Show!

4May

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Here we go again, folks! Oakland Drops Beats: Music Crawl is happening this Saturday!

May 9th, 2015 @ The Spice Monkey 

The Spice Monkey is located at 1628 Webster, corner of 17th St at the border of Oakland’s Uptown and Downtown districts in an architecturally delightful former 1930’s art deco tile showroom.

CLICK THIS G-MAPS LINK

Oakland Drops Beats & A Thousand WordZ Present:

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Doors @ 6pm: 

Suggested Donation of $10 -

Sliding scale (no one turned away).

Art Exhibit

by Project Elefont Artist, Lorenzo Vasquez

Music Line-up: 

  • 6:00p – 7:30p          DJ Hotwire
  • 7:30p – 8:00p          Blackulah (Spoken Word)
  • 8:00p – 8:30p          Soul from the O (Hip Hop)
  • 9:00p – 10:00p        Ali Hammad & FatheR BrotheR Sun (Soul, R&B, Hip Hop, Live Band)
  • 10pm – 11pm          DJ Hotwire

For More Information: 

AThousandWordZ.net

OaklandDropsBeats.com

Jack Eastgate = Artist & Designer

3May

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I met Jack Eastgate 5 years ago while booking artists and musicians for a Haiti relief show I organized in West Oakland at the Oakland Noodle Factory in 2010.

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A good friend and colleague Amber McZeal reached out to me and asked if I needed any more artists, explaining that her friend Jack wished to be included in the show. Well, I didn’t really need anymore artists, because between both Project Elefont & Local 365, two Bay Area Artist Collectives, there were already well over 30 artists filling two levels of wall space. Also, I had recruited a few photographers and artists on my own, so I didn’t know how I could fit one more into the gig. Unless…  I decided I could use a live artist to top things off and entertain guests above the second story where the bands would play. So, I asked Amber, “Does he do live artwork?”. She promised to find out, and have Jack give me a call. And so, Jack called me the following day explaining that he had done live artwork before and that he would show up with a large canvas and paint in the space I designated for him, above the live performance space on the second floor.

31837_279293539949_4129904_nWe were set! However, I didn’t know until a few years later that Jack had never done live artwork and that he was doing it for the first time!

 

Jack, nonetheless, took a chance and made a leap into being the center of attention for the entire evening, as people were in awe of his work.

(below is a photo of Jack’s finished work on 2/27/10)

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Since 2010, Jack has continued to support my projects with his artistic consultation and design. He’s been instrumental in my branding for my 2014 album release, Aspectz Of Me (http://R3NP.bancamp.com), and with my newest band project FatheR BrotheR Sun‘s branding and logo design for our web-presence and promotions. Besides supporting my organization A Thousand WordZ, he’s been my ‘go to’ art designer for all of my marketing collateral needs.

Check out his portfolio, and newest website, which features some of the work he’s recently done for me:

http://www.jackeastgate.com/atiim

It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Jack. Since his marriage to the beautiful and equally talented Alise Rand Eastgate, the two have teamed up to both own and opperate EastRand Studios (http://EastRandStudios.com). Since our first meeting, I’ve purchased at least two of Jack’s original pieces, which I proudly hang in my office and in my home. I am consistently seeking ways to involve EastRand Studios in supporting my creative endeavors, besides stopping by to have Kava and an old fashioned home cooked meal (vegan island style) from time to time.

(The above photo of Jack painting is from the A Thousand WordZ May 1st, 2010 benefit for China, compliments of Ploom)

Here are a couple of links to the bios for Jack:

1. (2010 ATW): http://interviewz.blogspot.com/2010/02/artist-bio-jack-eastgate.html

2. (2014 ATW): http://interviewz.blogspot.com/2014/03/oakland-drops-beats-jack-alise-eastgate.html 

My newest project, FRBRS aka FatheR BrotheR Sun.

1May

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The mixes for our album ‘The Dawn’ are done. We have spent quite a bit of time recording at Skyline Studios in Oakland,  CA., and then mixing at Whoville Studios in Berkeley, CA. with the legendary JasWho? Now, the mixes are off to the Master himself, Pierre Allard in San Mateo, CA. We can’t wait to share our polished versions of the music we’re allowing you to listen to early.

In the meantime, stop by our website and take a look around:

http://FatheRBrotheRSun.com 

Upcoming Shows: Calendar

We are scheduled to play in Oakland on 5/23/2015 at Awaken Cafe, so come out and be ready to dance!

Soundcloud: