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Michael Franti was adopted at birth by white parents in the predominantly black community of Oakland, California.
That set of contradictory circumstances instilled in him a hyper-awareness of his own cultural identity, as did the sobering fact that his more thoughtful, less provocative style of expression was not accepted by the African-American audience that had embraced a harsher, more combative faction of the hip-hop movement.
Since his days as a member of the Beatnigs while in his early twenties, Michael Franti grew from an angry young hip-hopper with a political, socially conscious bent (the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Spearhead) to a man who channeled his seriousness, social unease, and desire for change and merged them with his love of music, particularly old-school R&B, soul, and hip-hop.
What he left behind in brash, make-some-noise aesthetic, he gained in compassion. And through his use of his own raw power, charisma, sex appeal and sense of social injustice, he carried out in his music a community-generated passion in much the same way as Gil Scott-Heron or Marvin Gaye.
We stock some awesome Michael Franti Band Concert Posters.
Available in different sizes and printed on high quality 210gsm paper, you’ll find no unsightly pin holes, stains or creases.
In fact, they look like they could have come straight off the press from the original print run. Will look fantastic framed on your man cave, office, bar or living room wall.