Ground-breaking reggae/world music artist SEEFARI continues to expand his fan base to an international level with his latest CD \"Rasta Italist\". The award-winning, chart-topping disc has garnered rave reviews (including comparisons to Lee \"Scratch\" Perry, Pablo Moses and Dennis Brown) and heavy radio airplay in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica and beyond, making more than 100 appearances in regggae, rock and world music Top Ten charts around the world.
-“MARY JANE” - AMMA AWARD WINNER – 2008 BEST REGGAE SONG – AMERICAN MARIJUANA MUSIC AWARDS
-“RASTA ITALIST” - TITLE TRACK FROM SEEFARI’S CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED, CHART-TOPPING CD – OVER 100 APPEARANCES IN REGGAE/WORLD AND INDIE ROCK TOP TEN CHARTS IN USA, CANADA AND AUSTRALIA, THOUSANDS OF PLAYS ON HUNDREDS OF RADIO STATIONS AROUND THE WORLD, CRITICAL COMPARISONS TO PABLO MOSES, DENNIS BROWN AND LEE SCRATCH PERRY
-“ROOTSMAN” – FEATURED ON ‘ISLAND HOPPERS TV” (PUERTO RICO EPISODE) HOSTED BY MIAMI DJ/VJ - LANCE-O www.islandhopperstv.com
\"Rasta Italist\" Reviews -
“Producer, engineer, mixer, writer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Seefari does it all on Rasta Italist (Upful Sound), with the exception of some-but not all-backing vocals from I Jah Melody. Tom “Seefari” Carroll has been putting out independent music for a couple of decades and on this release he gets a masked, Perry-esque sound on the tracks and vocals that harks back to the mid-‘70s while offering songs like “Mary Jane” (you can guess what that one’s about), “Beautiful Majesty” and “Peaceful Village” that give a nuanced meaning to the concept “homegrown”. Seefari’s lengthy career in reggae shows in his familiarity with various styles from the picking guitars of rock steady to the polyrhythmic elements utilized in “Run to the hills\". One thing for sure, he is doing what he enjoys and enjoying what he does on this set of 11 original songs that closes with four bubbling dubs”. –
Chuck Foster “The Beat” Magazine -“Reggae Central” KPFK FM, Los Angeles
\"Tom \"Seefari\" Carroll is a veteran Ohio-based roots singer whose Rasta Italist marks his sixth album to date. This is in itself an impressive achievement, but if Seefari took as hands-on an approach with his previous releases as he did with this one, his track record is all the more astounding. One look at the liner notes reveals his Prince-like control over all aspects of the album -- including writing, producing, engineering, lead and backing vocals, and every single instrument.
Rasta Italist is a pensive and heartfelt album that harkens back to the \'70s Golden Age of roots reggae. Coupled with Seefari\'s righteous lyrics and humble, unassuming vocals, it draws favorable comparison to Pablo Moses\' best work. Highlights include \"1 Love Not 2 Hate,\" \"Pray Every Day,\" \"No More War,\" and the title track. - ReggaeReviews.com – Burbank California
\"New roots reggae sensation on the international scene SEEFARI is undeniably one of these young artists emerging on the top of the basket. So much the better! We hope to see SEEFARI on one of our European scenes. In the meantime we can always obtain this album via the net.\"
Reggae Connection Radio
From the US (although I don\'t know exactly where he makes his home) is Seefari, whose CD Rasta Italist (Upful Sound US1015CD, 2007) is true to its title with extended meditations on Haile Selassie, ganja, spiritual unity, natural living and the absurdity of war. Seefari is a hands-on dread who plays all the instruments, sings nearly all the vocals and cultivates a murky, dub-heavy sound that\'s deeply pleasing whether you\'re the inhaling type or not (www.seefari.com).
– Tom Orr - World Music Central
Seefari - Rasta Italist
Tom \"Seefari\" Carroll is a foundational player in the Midwestern US reggae scene. He not only wrote, produced and sang these 15 trax , but he also played every instrument on this cd. Complimenting Seefari on these eleven songs and four dub versions is I Jah Melody\'s angelic high vocal harmonies. A plea for peace in \"No War\" mixes lead guitar lines with harmonica giving a blues rock flavor to the steady one drop. Rasta spirituality pours out of the reminder to \"Pray Every Day\" as well as the tribute to Jah on \"Beautiful Majesty.\" The title track shows appreciation for the natural herbs and \"Wizzy Wisemind\" is a sweet take on the love story of Solomon and Sheba from the old testament. This whole cd has a cohesive American roots rock natural vibe to it. The disc doesn\'t always have that glossy polish of big budget productions, but the heart and soul behind it makes up for that. - Ras Adam Simeon – Niceup.com
SEEFARI WINS AMMA AWARD !!!!!!!!!!! – BEST REGGAE SONG 2008 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
SEEFARI wins AMMA AWARD! 2008 Best Reggae Song!
SEEFARI\'s \"Mary Jane\" is the winner of the AMMA Best Reggae Song 2008 !!!!
AMMA - American Marijuana Music Awards
\"Mary Jane\" one of several top ten hits from SEEFARI\'s Critically-acclaimed, chart-topping CD \"Rasta Italist\"
\"Rasta Italist\" the long-awaited new CD from reggae artist SEEFARI is a deep roots session with singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist SEEFARI creating a full-band sound reminiscent of 70s and 80s era Jamaican reggae. The title track features an updated rockers drum and bass riddim with hard driving hand drums, bubblin keys and chunky guitar. The minor-key song is carried by SEEFARI\'s modal vocals with I Jah Melody\'s \"Puma-like\" high harmonies dancing lightly on top. \"Wizzy Wisemind\" (inspired by the biblical proverbs of Solomon) is a bright melodic one-drop with I Jah Melody providing the voice of \"Wizzy\". Sweet! The Marley and Tosh influenced \"Mary Jane\" is a unique story song personifying everyone\'s favorite \"flower\" over a bouncy rockers riddim. \"1 love not 2 hate\" is a powerful message tune set to an achingly slow one drop with snaking hi-hat and funky clav. \"No more war\" is a classic protest song featuring soulful \"Toots-style\" vocals and bluesy guitar and harmonica. \"Pray every day\" brings a spiritual vibe with hard drums, bubblin bass, picking guitar and haunting melodica.. The roots-dancehall track \"Beautiful majesty\" is a tribute to H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I and features the CD\'s only \"DJ\" style vocal from SEEFARI. \"Feeling that feeling\" is jazz-influenced lovers rock style. SEEFARI\'s soul singing is nicely complimented by the honey-dipped harmonies of I Jah Melody and SEEFARI himself. The upful \"Rootsman\" features blues harp, slide guitar and a catchy \"La la la la la la\" chorus. \"Run to the hills\" (first written and performed in 1990) with it\'s prophetic lyrics is more relelevant than ever in these times. \"Peaceful village\" is a Nyabinghi-based, Native American influenced chant of peace and love. The CD closes with four deep rootical dubs. SEEFARI flashes his chops as dubologist on \"Dub every day\", \"Mary Jane dub\", \"Italist dub\" and \"1love dub\". Crucially crucial roots rock reggae from SEEFARI !
Through deep meditation and ital livity SEEFARI has mined from the depths of his musical, mystical consciousness a deep rootical, heartical, lyrical, inspirational Iditation. From the rockers riddims of 70\'s Jamaica to the eternal one-drop and Nyabinghi drums of Mother Africa through the deep bass and bubblin organ cuts the Jamaican blues guitar and chunky riddim skank, the percussion adds the spice and the ital riddim is ready for the soulful and rough-edged sound of SEEFARI\'s voice blended with the sweet harmonies of Empress I Jah Melody and the multi-faceted SEEFARI himself. Take a good, long, deep hit on this musical chalice!
SEEFARI\'s latest CD \"Rasta Italist\" is heating up the radio charts!
With thousands of radio spins and rave reviews worldwide, \"Rasta Italist\" is a roots reggae hit!