|Rhythm Culture has been playing
the Pacific Northwest music and festival scene for over 15
years. The Band has placed its focus on developing its own
signature sound driven by a reggae beat. Combining their
individual influences of the Caribbean and the Americas,
and using a roots reggae foundation, the band infuses blues
and jazz into their brand of Reggae music, guaranteed to
get even the most reluctant of dancers out of their chairs.
The band is based in Portland, Oregon and led by Byron
Mercurius, of Guyana, South America. Rhythm Culture, featuring
guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and trumpet, consists of
four to five core musicians who represent a variety of
age groups and different backgrounds. On the larger festival
stages we invite one or more of our talented guest musicians
to play with the group. "Keep the Wild Free," Rhythm
Culture's first release features several of these musicians.
Recently signed by Harvest Moon Records, a new local Indie
label, Rhythm Culture has released their first CD, "Keep
the Wild Free," a compilation of rhythms and different
styles, each song with its own unique groove.
Rhythm Culture also offers educational programs to the
schools. Concerts and workshops are designed to teach young
people about culture and music. "Exploring Rhythms
of the Caribbean Region," is a musical tour, where
students learn about the various types of music and rhythms
that are part of the region. Specifically they visit the
music of Trinidad/Tobago, Cuba and Jamaica. Band members
acting as tour leaders describe various rhythms including
Bosa Nova, Samba, Rock Steady, Socca, Rap, Folk, Reggae
and Calypso and play songs representative of those rhythms.
Students also take a trip to "Carnival," an event
celebrated throughout the region. In addition, various
musical concepts are touched upon including the emotional
feelings associated with major and minor chords in music
along with interactive Call and Response activities.
The true focus of all music is to uplift people. Rhythm
Culture music appeals to people of all ages and backgrounds
because it passes a positive, upbeat message. The music
is designed to move the mind as well as the body, a soul
freeing, cultural experience. It is written for everyone.
The band invites the listener to free the mind and allow
themselves to get swept up in a rhythmic experience that
Rhythm Culture hopes will feed their soul. So bring your
dancing shoes and join the Reggae Party.
Check out this great review and visit our listing on cdbaby.com/rculture
to purchase a copy or to write your own review to post
on our site.
" Even being the 30th album of the day, I couldn't stop listening
to this album and didn't want it to end.
Based on a thick reggae groove and incorporating prime
elements of rhythm and blues, jazz
and even a dash of 70's flavor here and there, "Keep
the Wild Free" is a lush, full-bodied album.
The album must have been mixed with special attention to
harmonics because the sound
seems to fill every pocket of hearing, it's full of substance
and has absolutely no holes;
it's a rich wash of sound that the whole body can relish
in. It will have every sense titillated and
every molecule in the body happy and bouncing. cdbaby.com"
HARVEST MOON RECORDS PRESENTS
" KEEP THE WILD FREE"
PRICE: $10 plus $1.50 shipping and handling
To order contact: 503.236.2744 or email