Rocker-T, the internationally-renowned, ground-breaking, and award-winning Reggae and World Music recording artist, in association with San Francisco's Epiphyte Records, announces the release of his EP, "Luv is the Foundation," featuring five mixes of the duet single, "The Way Life Should Be," with singer and human rights activist, Joan Baez. Legendary trumpeter Bill Ortiz, best known for his work with Santana, Tito Puente, Destiny's Child, and Tony, Toni, Tonι, provides the songs captivatingly haunting and impassioned melody.
"Luv is the Foundation", is being released as a limited edition collectable EP on Epiphyte Records in advance of Rocker-T's star-studded, full length studio CD, "Rocker-T - The Hurban Warrior of Peace," scheduled for a Summer 2009 release, which also features; Baez, KRS-One and others.
Rocker-T, who originally hails from Brooklyn, New York and now resides in Oakland, California, was an integral part of the formation of the New York City Ska scene in the 1980's and is one of the founding talents in the creation of the New York City Dancehall/Ragga Hip Hop scene in the early 1990's. He is a gifted multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, DJ, performer, producer, MC, and his innovative and dynamic musical style of singing and chanting Ska, Reggae, and Hip-Hop is a musical amalgamation term that has come to be known as sing-jay.'
Rocker-T and Baez first met, and had discussed the idea of recording together one day, after his rousing and legendary Reggae on the River Festival performance, in Humboldt, California in the summer of 2000.
Rocker-T, who cites Joan Baez as the most influential musical artist on his own career, says, "I am deeply honored to have Joan share her voice on a project that I believe will help lead to a more peaceful world."
Continuing, Rocker-T states, "Conflict knows no discrimination in the impact it makes on all generations. Therefore, there should be no age discrimination on the call for World Peace. Through the single The Way Life Should Be,' I have issued a universal and multi-generational call for World Peace to combat the rising tide of indiscriminate international conflict." "Luv is the Foundation" will appeal to all ages and musical tastes, as it features a main radio mix and four remixes of "The Way Life Should Be," in Dance, Down-Tempo, Dubstep, and, Binghipella styles. "Luv is the Foundation" was recorded in San Francisco's Pyramind Studios, both a production and training facility, which supports Bay Area independent music through its label, Epiphyte Records. "Luv is the Foundation" was engineered by Pyramind founder Gregory J. Gordon (aka: G.2), and mixed and co-produced by G.2 and Rocker-T with final mastering handled by Michael Romanowski. The Dance remix was created by G.2, the Dubstep remix was created by Rocker-T and the Down-Tempo remix was created by FROST-Raven.
Rocker-T's forthcoming full-length CD, "Rocker-T - The Hurban Warrior of Peace," will be released later this year featuring a star-studded line-up of guest performers, including, but not limited to, Joan Baez, KRS-One, Cutty Ranks, Terry Ganzie, King Django, Soul Medic, MC Seasunz, and Adrian Xavier.
Another guest artist appearing on Rocker-T's forthcoming studio CD is KRS-One, who is the 2008 BET Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for his efforts on behalf of the Stop the Violence Movement, as well as his overall pioneering contributions to hip-hop music and culture.