Thurs. August 27th: Neck Of The Woods

27Jul

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Hey star-kids, my band FBS will be in your Neck of the Woods THIS THURS, August 27th 2015.

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 FatheR BrotheR Sun​ (FBS) is headlining again on Aug. 27th headlining and showcasing the vocalists, Freedom Bean​, Ali Hammad​, and me, Atiim Chenzira​.

Catch us in San Francisco at the Neck of the Woods​

Here are the tracks from my band FBS’ promotional album, The Dawn.

INFO:

Aug. 27th ~ FatheR BrotheR Sun / Bedrock Radio​ / Bleeding Fingers Band​ (LINK)

For more information: http://www.fatherbrothersun.com/tour/

Some more of Summer

8Jul

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This summer has begun with my birthday, of course, exactly one day after the Solstice!

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So far, my band FatheR BrotheR Sun (www.FatheRBrotheRSun.com) has played our first San Francisco show at Neck of the Woods, and we are planning our return there August 14th to support Chloe Jean (http://ChloeJeanMusic.com).

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Chloe Jean was invited to play and welcomed the band to back her, so we are learning more of her songs from her latest body of work ‘Freak’ (LINK).

 Take a listen to Chloe Jean backed by FatheR BrotheR Sun:

Also, we are dialing in some other dates for a back-yard boogie in my North Oakland/Emeryville space in late late August (SO Stay Tuned), as that space is about to be gobbled up by the spirits of the New Oakland Development aka pretty little gentrification.

On a lighter note, I have had the pleasure of getting away for three days, where I swam in a secluded part of the Yuba River, awoke to its’ roar, and sat tranquilly in a wood heated hot tub amongst a flourishing garden of vegetables and country living; thanks to my cuddle bug.

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This summer has been absolutely amazing, so far. Though, to be inclusive of the normal fatigue of working to appreciate the highlighted blissed-out moments, all things worth maintaining and doing require work to bring into fruition, and maintanence to keep functional and/or progressing towards improvements. Like the garden I mentioned, the lovely hosts worked to maintain the health of it. While I was a visitor on vacation, they relaxed with us from time to time, though there was always work to be done in the midst of our arrival and stay. I am grateful to experience the beauty of nature, and for being an honored guest of friends who were willing to share the fruits of their labor with us.

Speaking of fruits of labor, my best friend and I, while on vacation, were talking about the importance of valuing the work we put into the nouns that matter to us; the people, places and things. I have been thinking about this for some time alone too. In the last year I have set out to release a body of work, and it was through my awareness, aims, support, actions, and drive that it finally came to pass. I have given quite a few CD’s of my EP away for free, sold many copies, and have become very selective about releasing anymore physical copies. Valuing my product, time, and energy is very important. My work was not done for free, and I have spent a great deal of time, energy, and money to nurse “fruit from my tree.” I would love for you to enjoy the fruits of my labor, but just as I had to drive miles to relax, swim, and vacate my routines, you too will have to make time for this journey:  Here is 1 of 2 albums ~ Volume Atiim

 

Lastly, I have put a great deal of effort into some things, and ultimately did not put enough energy into other aspectz of my life. I have taken some things in my life for granted while focusing intensely on others. The art-work on my album speaks to balance, and the work I do professionally outside of music does too, but sometimes when one is so grossly involved in various projects and other nouns, the most important things that keep all other things stable are neglected, including ones’ self. So, I leave you with this prayer:

 

“May your labors bare fruits your senses will praise.

May your balance be natural and supported all your days.

May your eyes be cleared and your ears be humble.

May your dreams take root and your reality cherished.

May all that you do be aligned with what your values.

May you walk slow and honor your breathing.

May all that needs healing in you and in your world be healed.

And So It Is.”

Thanks for reading. Blessings & Cheers!

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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