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AROUNA + BIKO : Champions Live

‘Champions’ is the first single off of Arouna Diarra and Biko Casini’s new album, Bamanaya Sira.  This song was written after touring for three weeks on the Salish Sea.  Biko Casini recalls how this oceanic journey inspired him to write this beautiful song, saying “the sound of the water dissolved my sense of individuality and gave life to […]

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Ley Line – Grounded By Community In Austin Texas.

by Lauren Jones For Austin-based band, Ley Line, community is everything. Made up of two musical pairs, Kate Robberson and Emilie Basez and twin sisters Madeleine and Lydia Froncek, the women feel grateful to live in a city that supports their work as creatives and allows them to continue to share their stories through music, […]

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Rising Appalachia – Cuckoo Live

This is an old English/Appalachian folk song passed down to us by our mamma, full throttle and rowdy. Performed by many a folk singer throughout the times, we rewrote some of the words to include an homage to our godfather, Whitlock Connah, who was an incredible blues man and a huge influence in our musical […]

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Arouna + Biko: Making of Bamanaya Sira

Music has the power to transcend all borders and boundaries.  Arouna Diarra and Biko Casini met in Ghana for the first time and though they didn’t speak the same language they connected musically in a deep and powerful way.  Several years later, following a grief ritual with Sebonfu Some, a ceremonial leader from Burkina Faso, […]

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Arouna + Biko : Ngoni Blues Live

An album years in the making. An alliance of brothers across bloodlines and generations. The meeting of cultures. A fusion of earthen instruments with mighty spirit and potent intention. Combining the masterful percussion of Biko Casini from Rising Appalachia and the majestic Ngoni and Balafon of Arouna Diarra, these two timeless souls have come together to […]

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Come To Life Uruguay Earth Ship Convergence

We came together in celebration of mate, regeneration, and building Earthships with music and community as the focal point to this journey through South America.  Representing diversity in language, country of birth, age, and what brings us peace and passion… the Earthship festival was the culmination of a month long build on the rich and […]

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Rising Appalachia – Leaf, The Festival That Raised Us.

An artist watches their work up close during creation time and then unleashes it out into the world, never fully knowing where it lives or where its tendrils truly stretch.  That is the magic and mystique of the calling.  Even better though, artists might have the chance to create a wider arc of relationship with […]

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Peia – Ciamara ní Mi Live Performance

Here’s a new video featuring our dear friend Peia, shot live in the Siskiyou mountains of Oregon. Peia will be bringing her songs and stories to New York next month for Changing Tides, a fundraiser for our underwater relatives and the Salish Sea. We are thrilled to partner with The Heart & Mind Festival, Golden […]

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Dustin Thomas Stay Human Tour Recap

Come to Life caught up with Dustin Thomas during his adventures with Michael Franti and Spearhead this summer for his STAY HUMAN TOUR and shared with us some exciting moments from the road. After capturing some exciting footage from their performance at the Cuthbert Amphitheatre in Eugene Dustin gave us a sneak peek at one […]

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