Roland & the Roots Riddim
Locally Grown Music: Roland & the Roots Riddim
July 12, 2019
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Locally Grown Music is a free monthly residency featuring artists hand-picked by Austin Music Foundation in partnership with Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt.

This month we’re bringing our Artist of the Month, Roland & the Roots Riddim on Friday, July 12!

About the Band

The Roots Riddim’s high energy is influenced and directed by the lead-singer & frontman, Roland “Mista Muzic” Kemokai. Born in Liberia, West Africa, Roland was discarded on a dump-pile as a baby. He struggled through poverty, violent abuses, and the Liberian civil war while utilizing remarkable gifts of strength, perseverance, and his music to survive.  These qualities have resonated with his band members, who each believe that through the power of music they can contribute both locally to their community and more broadly to the world. 

Roland is multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer who uses his music to share his belief in the power of forgiveness, positive thinking, and the potential for greatness within us all. He is also a vocal instructor, published author, and empowerment speaker. 

Roland says, “Music is my first love and sacred space of tranquility. When bullets were flying everywhere taking lives randomly and mortar shells dreadfully blasting in the streets of Monrovia, my 3-stringed village guitar became my best friend and deepest comfort. And now with the Roots Riddim Band we can really turn up the vibes.”

? by Ismael Quintanilla III Photography

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