Drawn together through a mutual call of high purpose, Unity Posse began with a suggestion by Ran Klarin to Herman Brooks. Knowing his friend well and knowing his missions to write and produce music, one date Ran blurted out: "Herman it is time for you to do a reggae album. Redemption time has come." From that day forward the music you hear has grown and bloomed supported by three legs holding the vision. The next leg arrived with the return to Los Angeles of Ted Souder. Ted had been on tour throughout the Midwest USA for many years but came home at an auspicious time. The bare tracks had been laid by Herman and his engineer, Maurice, but something was missing. That something was the bass, true roots reggae bass and thick gutsy vocals. Enrolled by Herman to tone up his basic tracks, the foundation was set and the pot began to stir.
Herman has been making music all his life. As he says, "I can't not do it." Called by spirit to record music, this is his third cd. He plays rhythm guitar,lead guitar, keyboards, and writes most of the songs. As an ordained minister in the metapysical tradition of Religious Science, Herman brings clarity of spirit to his gospel tinged songs. Ted (the Bassman) Souder is a well rounded player of instruments in various genres from rock to funk to country in addition to his home base, reggae. He has toured with renowned artists such as Brave New World (which toured toured with Third World), the Uptown Allstars, Zeff and the Ravers and Rough Neck Posse. As the founder and leader of the various editions of Unity Posse, he is the featured artist on the album with a long and wide ranging career receiving high praises at his shows throughout the L.A. area. Reggae Ran "Rhino" is a published poet and widely read blogger who has been a fixture on the L.A. reggae scene since Bob Marley's first tour in 175. Recognized for his insight into the cultural and spiritual impact of reggae music, ha has been published in the notable reggae magazine "Reggae Festival Guide." After listening to Herman's demo tracks, he instantly connected with the authentic reggae mission in Herman's material and offered to assist the dissemination of Jah word.
Around a table in the Venice underground coffee bar, the Talking Stick, the three shared tales of the music and spirit. From that casual conversation a bond was forged and a mission defined: "One Love, Jah Love" as a multi-pronged and mature force in reggae music. The tracks you hear came from Ras Herman's inspiration, Ted Bassman's soul, and Reggae Ran's embrace. Redemption Time Has Come. Kick back and let the rhythms and the words transport you to Zion. Give thanks and praise. - Ran Klarin, "Reggae Festival Guide"