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Razteria can be described as a Fusion of early No Doubt and Sade. Her music unites Reggae, passionate Latin grooves and Rock, powerful messages and musical genius. Described as “musically adventurous” and “a one of a kind breaking of all rules” (C. Foster, Reggae Update, getthebeat.com), Razteria’s songwriting reflects her passion and strong commitment to justice.
2013 MAZ RAZ Album
Since the summer of 2011, Razteria has been producing/recording her 2013 album at Live Oak Studio, Berkeley (Destiny’s Child; Tony Toni Tone; Too Short). The album features an eclectic mixture of originals and covers including “Where is my mind” by the rock band The Pixies, “Chorando se Foi” (Lambada) by Bolivian folk group Los Kjarkas and “There is no End” by the legendary roots-reggae band The Abysinnians. MAZ RAZ was released Jan. 19, 2013 at the Rockit Room, San Francisco. Available on all major online retailers. Check out CDBABY – MAZ RAZ http://cdbaby.com/cd/razteria3.
Renée Asteria has opened for international acts such as grammy award winning reggae artist Michael Rose and popular UK/JA lover’s rock Lloyd Brown, as well as national touring artists Mystic Roots, Caribbean All-Stars and Taj Weekes & Adowa. In 2008 she performed at The Montreal Jazz Festival as a featured artist of local band The Dub & the Restless. Other noteworthy performances include venues throughout the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, USA) and Europe (France, Switzerland). Her music has been licensed by MTV’s True Life series and independent films.
2010 Album RazteRia
The album titled RazteRia was released live at the Ashkenaz, Berkeley, CA, Sept. 23rd, 2010. Razteria’s album features vocals, music and lyrics by Renée Asteria, vocals by Godelive (an upcoming Congolese American singer) and musicians Waddell Bell (Wadi-B bass), Lou Neuburger (drums), Joe Bressler (keys, RIDDIMBANK) and Luke Thomas (guitar, Eenik, Los Angeles). Feature tunes include: “Risk”/”Risk Remix”, a Reggae tune promoting a message of safe sex and HIV/AIDS prevention featuring international female rap Artist Raw-G on the remix version, “Illegal” a Roots-Reggae, Abyssinians-style tune dedicated to the struggle of immigrants, hypnotic “2-Faced” and “La Baja”.
Prior to 2010
Razteria’ multicultural background (US-born, Bolivian-Dutch heritage) and strong commitment to social justice, have had a profound influence on her musical path. Razteria, performing under her name Renée Asteria, has planted musical seeds through out the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, USA) and Europe (France, Switzerland). Debuting in 2005 in San Francisco, she released her debut album “Renée Asteria”, from which 2 tracks “Curly Black Hair” and “Oblivion” were licensed by MTV’s True Life series. In 2007, Renée Asteria, while working as a research assistant for the University of Buenos Aires, she met Argentinian producer Matias Martyn and produced her first Reggae-infused, bilingual (Spanish, English) album, “Faces of Agent Double E”/ “Caras de Agente Doble E” with tunes “Vinchuca” and “Mosquito”, about Chagas disease and Dengue fever prevention. “Vinchuca” has been used to raise awareness about Chagas disease (“Arte, Ciencia y Chagas: miradas posibles, diálogos necesarios”). It will be rereleased on Razteria’s album “MAZ RAZ”.
MAZ RAZ, Asteria Records, 2013 (Jan 19 2013) http://cdbaby.com/cd/razteria3
Addicted/There is no End (vinyl single), Asteria Records, 2012
Addicted (mp3, single), Asteria Records, 1/21/12, http://cdbaby.com/razteria2
RazteRia, Asteria Records, 2010, http://cdbaby.com/cd/reneeasteria
Faces of Agent Double E, Asteria Records, 2007, http://cdbaby.com/asteria2
Renee Asteria (debut), Asteria Records, 2005
Renee Asteria – Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocalist, Composer, Producer
Godelive – Lead and Back-up Vocals
Waddell Bell – Bass Guitar
Lou Neuburger – Drums & Percussion, Dave Eagle – Percussion
Luke Thomas – Guitar, Adley Penner – Guitar
Joe Bressler – Keys, Darren Batara – Keys