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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Native Roots CD Release Party

Native Roots “Celebrate” 3rd CD Release
Upcoming Double CD Release Celebration & Concert

March 25, 2007 (Albuquerque, NM) – Award winning Native American reggae band Native Roots, released their highly anticipated CD, appropriately titled “Celebrate” on Tuesday, March 20th. The release of “Celebrate” represents a new stage in Native Roots' musical evolution, one that brings together a unique genius of composition combined with soulful lyrics, Native American influence, world beats and a strong reggae foundation. Through diversified emotive songwriting and accomplished musical arrangement, the spotlight shines on “Celebrate”, solidifying Native Roots’ reputation as an innovative genre-blurring act. Internationally known for as an intense live act, previous performances include: Sundance Film Festival, SLC Winter Olympics, Bob Marley Music Festival, Kennedy Performing Arts Center, New Zealand and grassroots locations of “Native America”. “Celebrate” also features support vocals by Terra Moore, Karina Moeller & Phillip Blanchett of Pamyua (Alaska) and Soni Moreno of Ulali. First hits to be released from “Celebrate” are the empowering “Survive” and the irresistible “Gotta Know”.

Native Roots musicians are William Bluehouse Johnson-Lead Guitars (Isleta/Dine’), Karlo Johnson-Bass (Isleta/Dine’), Harrington Bembridge-Drums (Jamaica) and founding members John L. Williams (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Sioux) and Shkeme Garcia (Tamaya/Jemez) who add:

Williams: ““Celebrate” had been a long time in the making. During that time our experiences, artistic growth and meticulous production effort have resulted in our best work yet. Each song has it's own uniqueness and reflects the character of Native Roots. In addition, SOAR (Sound of America Records) did a great job mastering and packaging our CD. I look forward to sharing our music with all of our loyal fans as well as the people that will hear our music for the first time.”

Shkeme: “ Within “Celebrate”, you will notice important messages about empowerment, respect of all mankind and also just good times. All indigenous people share the same message of unity among all nations, respect for mother earth and brotherhood. “Celebrate” definitely possesses a message about healing the wounds of oppression, acknowledging the past but preparing the people for the future all with positivity and full on with reggae spirit. Native Roots’ music is a combination of acknowledgement of our ancestors and a continuation of the “One Love” message of brother Bob Marley whose music forever globally empowers.“

Radio play begins March 26th. On March 31st Native Roots launches support of “Celebrate” at a dual CD release party held at Santa Ana Star Casino, NM with special guest Seminole Tribe of Florida youth RC North who released his debut CD “Point of Reference” on March 15th at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, FL. A VIP invitation only celebration begins the night at 7 PM, during which Native Roots will share songs from the album and answer questions about their musical journey and making of the CD. At 8 PM doors open to the public for a concert by RC North and Native Roots. All ages are welcome and some lucky concert attendees will have the opportunity to win signed copies of “Celebrate”. Native Roots also looks forward to a possible 2008 Grammy submission. Show schedule, music, and videos available at and CD’s can be purchased through website, Hastings, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (Albq. NM) or

Special thanks to the Seminole Tribe of Florida for their invaluable support of Native Roots and RC North!
Event: Double CD Release Celebration featuring Native Roots with special guest RC North
Date: March 31, 2007
Location: Santa Ana Star Casino Bosque Ballrooms, 54 Jemez Canyon Dam Road, Bernalillo, NM 87004 (505) 867-0000

8:00 - Doors Open to Public for Concert - Native Roots w/special guest RC North
High Resolution Photos and Interviews Available
Contact: Melissa L. Sanchez at 505 620 9539Email:

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