Pulling together inspiration from all corners of the Earth, Audiopharmacy combines its talents to make a sound/culture that is avant-garde, yet always speaking the language of the people. Making music that moves the soul and stirs insight, Audiopharmacy- a 5-piece live Conscious Hip-Hop ensemble based in San Francisco, consists of founder - Teao (guitar & turntables), Native American (Pomo)/African lyricist - Ras K’dee (MC & keys), Keepyahjoy (bass & buckets), Pasha Brown (MC & Sampler), & Ras Kwome (drums & vocals). Spawned from its roots in hip-hop, Audiopharmacy is inspired to extend its repertoire beyond the genre by intricately fusing live instrumentation & global musical styles, making the Audiopharmacy sound consistently evolving & eclectic. Audiopharmacy, previously known as K.A.O.T.I.C. S.O.U.L.S. (Killing All Of the Ignorant Concepts So Others Understand Life’s Source) has been one of the pioneers of the Conscious Hip Hop movement in the Bay Area since the mid 90’s gaining accolades from other artists world-wide. Although their sound is one of a kind, fans of Audiopharmacy have identified their sound as the ultimate blend of Manu Chao, Portishead, The Fugees, & Midnite-while lyrically- they are reminiscent of the great Gil Scott Heron, Black Star with the spirit of Bob Marley.
Audiopharmacy has been blessed with the opportunity to collaborate or share the stage, both domestically & internationally, with many influential hip hop acts including the Wu Tang Clan, Dan the Automator, Michael Franti, Dead Prez, DJ Q-Bert, Grammy- Award winning Maya Azucena, Shing02, Aradna, and Swiss, to name a few. Domestically, Audiopharmacy have performed all over the West Coast (Ford Amphitheater, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Paramount Theater), as well as New York. Internationally, Audiopharmacy has taken the stage at festivals, concert halls, & clubs, in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, France, the UK, Japan, Indonesia, Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa and the Solomon Islands.
La Gente is a Bay Area based international recording group led by singer-songwriter Rafael Bustamante Sarria. The group has created their own unique multilingual blend of Reggae, Cumbia, Hip-Hop, Salsa, Rock, and World Music. They perform a high energy dance party and have cultivated a large, loyal and diverse following. They have independently released three studio albums, numerous live recordings, two DVD's and are currently in production to release their fourth studio album collaborating with a variety of international recording artists.
La Gente was founded in 2002, since then They have performed numerous festivals, universities, radio stations, museums, art galleries and major venues all over the US. For example: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Austin, Portland and New York. La Gente has also performed internationally in Spain, Italy, France, Great Britian, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Nicaragua. Their notoriety and showmanship had found them sharing the stage with other recognized recording artists, such as George Clinton and The P-Funk All Stars, E-40, The Digital Underground, Hyro-Glyphics, Coolio, Digable Planets, Pato Banton, Lyrics Born, Rupa & The April Fishes, Meklit Hadero, Pete Escovedo, and The B-side Players.