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Keno Mapp / Heart Touch / Press

“In what might be considered the polar opposite of Britney Spears, Oakland resident Keno Mapp has assembled a cast of fine musicians to assist him in this self-released Cd that, in spirit, resembles the serious, gutsy rock sounds made by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison decades ago.”

“Rarely do you see funk, metal, and progressive jazz on the same bill, but in a live situation, they are an excellent fit. Keno Mapp (you read about him last week in BAM) put this show together, and like everything Keno does, there was a message and purpose for this diversity. Forget about genres -- music is about the energy, intensity, and groove, so let’s mix it up, tear it up, and not discriminate when it comes to good music .”

“Keno Mapp is a consummate renaissance man: singer, poet, performance artist, author and with his new band Heart Touch, Keno has a message, and with Heart Touch he puts his poetry to music. He has a unique singing style -- the deliberate, passionate, emphatical phrasing of a poet put to groovy, edgy rock music. Vocal styles may have entered into a new evolution; it’s something completely new and different.”

“You’ve been quoted as saying “everything I do is love,” and the name of your band is Heart Touch/Keno Mapp. While there is a lot of raw, rock energy in your music, your sentiments seem to be softened by love and a conscious desire to bring something positive to the world through your art. Where does this consciousness come from?”