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BICYCLES FOR RASTAS MAYAS
the making of the new cd


THE ROOTS AND WISDOM ACOUSTIC CD PROJECT
Dr King Cobra offers his Texas Dub Lab studio to collaborate with Roots And Wisdom

THE BICYCLE RANCH
A four hectare ranch in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, near Cancun,  for your holiday and adventure pleasure

 
ROOTS AND WISDOM  ALUMUNUS 
the unique personalities and musicians that have made up the Roots And Wisdom band and session musicians


MUSICIANS OF LA RUTA MAYA
Partial directory of some notable musicians who came together in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas Mexico

A CALL TO MUSICIANS 
Submit your songs to be included in a new music compilation cd


THE PREVIOUS COMPILATION
This was a compilation by International Musicians of Peace


travel la ruta maya

read real roots magazine


 more news

THE YUCATAN TIMES NEWS:
The Yucatan 2012 Arts and Entertainment Festival kicked off with a smashing success. Easily the musical highlighters of... read more

"BOB MARLEY AUN "VIVE" EN CARRILLO PUERTO CON LOS MAYAS"/ "BOB MARLEY STILL "LIVES" IN CARRILLO PUERTO WITH THE MAYAS"...

VORTICE Magazine No. 5 / 2011 (Pagina 40):
http://www.revistavortice.com/index.php/en/revistas-digitales/book/5-vortice-5/1-default-category

"If you think you have tried all that is around in world music and reggae, do not stop yet until you listen to Roots And Wisdom music. Their cd is highly recomended for it's variety of sounds that is never boring. It is as if you are listening to your own very special radio program".
ROCK-N-BIKE

 

"RASTAFRICANS" OF AUSTIN          (fom KOOP RADIO 91.7 FM, AUSTIN, TEXAS)

We ended today's show with two Africans formerly of Austin who embrace reggae with a Bob Marley-like aural authenticity, Kush of the Ivory Coast and Roots 'N Wisdom's Wisdom Ogbor of Nigeria, a musician equally adept at a variety of African pop forms.

WISDOM OGBOR

Since the late '90s, I've known through KOOP of both Ogbor's Roots 'N Wisdom CD King Zugo's Clan (recorded in Ghana and Nigeria from '89 to '91, and also the title of a novel he had written earlier) and the involvement of Austin's Bikes Not Bombs organization in providing bicycles for Chiapas, Mexico, but until I did the research for this segment of Tasty Tangents, I neither realized that Ogbor was a member of Bikes Not Bombs nor that he was the organization's spearhead behind the Chiapas bicycle project. The Austin Chronicle sheds light on the story here.

Although he has a Texas mailing address and also lists New York City as one of his bases, it appears that Ogbor and his band Roots and Wisdom are now primarily located in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, playing music for tourists in the Yucatan and in Central America. Ogbor has built a center for African and Mayan studies in the middle of the Yucatan whose focus includes the Veracruz culture born of Yanga, the first black slave freed in the Americas, a core subject of his Negro Yanga CD. Each of the CD Baby entries for the three CDs he has recorded since being in the area, Bicycles for Rastas Mayas (2003, or 2000 according to a second source), Africa Fe (2005), and Negro Yanga (2007), help to fill in the gaps in his post-Austin history.

 

Yes it is true!!               (from STORY... Telling, PORTLAND, OREGON)

After traveling near (Eugene) and far (Vegas), one of Portland's newest and most "Irie" Reggae/World music groups, Roots and Wisdom (featuring my main squeeze, Chris "G" on lead guitar) is performing at the new Club Calabash here in Portland!!

Featured on KBOO this past Tuesday night, Wisdom has been traveling around the world performing the music of his homeland, Nigeria. The music of every place he has ever visited/lived has found it's way into his music, creating a symphonic kaleidoscope ranging from 50's and 70's AM radio standards to Reggae to the polka's and cultural music of Latin America.

After hearing about how lovely it is in the Northwest, he decided to venture forth from the sunny waters of Cancun to set up a "homebase" of operations for the west coast here in Portland!! Wisdom has just pushed his return back to home to September because he enjoys the Northwest so much!

Club Calabash Presents: ROOTS AND WISDOM

REGGAE / AFRICA / WORLD MUSIC

SATURDAY JULY 19, 2008 at 9:30 pm
835 SW 2nd ave.

 

Cranking Good Vibes          (from THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE, AUSTIN, TEXAS)

by Carol Brorsen

  



photograph by Todd V. Wolfson

It's not a stretch to imagine Wisdom Ogbor as a little boy learning to ride a bicycle. Even now he smiles and laughs large as he mimics the day he stretched his arms up to grasp the handlebars, wobbling and peddling fiercely until he finally took off.

"Oh, the happiness," he exclaims, "I just rode and rode and kept going."

Growing up in Africa, specifically in Nigeria, Wisdom absorbed lots of music and stories. He heard folk songs sung by his mother and father. "I would wake up in the morning and someone was singing." And he heard stories of the civil war exploding in his country.

"In a town near mine they took all the men from the town and lined them up and shot them. I grew up very scared. During that war, a lot of people from my family that went to war didn't come back," he recalls painfully.

Wisdom says he found freedom in music and in exploring the bush land around his home: "My parents were always having to come look for me." When he was 16, maybe 18, he's not sure, he found freedom by coming to the United States. "I think I'm 35 or 36 now. The years come quick." Still the music and stories are rooted deep in him.

Wisdom has dedicated most of the last two years to helping folks in Chiapas, Mexico start a bicycle shop. He works with Bikes Not Bombs of Texas. The hope is to launch a shop that will bring support and jobs to people whose lives have been disrupted by the fighting between the Mexican government and the Zapatistas.

"We get bikes out from dumpsters in Austin a lot. You go to Mexico and see people riding the same bicycle that people are throwing away here. There they carry their family to work, carry the day's produce from the market. It's not for recreation or style and fashion. It's their livelihood ñ everything depends on it," Wisdom says. "I have a friend in Chiapas that has tried to cross the border two times and been sent back. He doesn't have a job there. If he has our project in Mexico he won't have to try to come back to the U.S. He's back in Mexico, waiting for us to come with this job."

When Wisdom first started working with Bikes Not Bombs, his first thought was to take bicycles to Africa. But then some people from Mexico came by the shop and told him about Chiapas and the crisis there. He went down to the war-torn Mexican state to explore it for himself and found deep kinship with the people.

"When you cross that [Mexican] border a new reality sets in. The people in Mexico, they want to come to this side and are willing to die to come to America. Every night I cry. We are very fortunate here. We can listen to music, be happy. But the reality of our very close neighbors is they are in despair.

"I knew that society there is much like the African society ñ they don't have as much as the United States. People want to come here from my country too, but they have to swim the Atlantic Ocean. I want to help them, but it's too far. So, instead, I'll go across the river that has a bridge."

Load up some bikes on a truck, drive them to Mexico, start a bike shop ñ the prospect sounded easy to Wisdom several months ago. But now after a bent axle and having to use all the money set aside to make the more than 1,000-mile trip to Chiapas instead to fix the disabled truck, he has learned to not make predictions.

"Every day I'm so tired. I wake up and say, 'Wow, I survived today.' Then I have to see where I stopped yesterday, then just continue," he said.

Like many grassroots organizations, lack of volunteers, money, and structure have slowed Bike Not Bombs' noble efforts. "I have worked with some really fine volunteers. They work from the heart, but they can only give the time that they have. When their school or their work takes over, they are gone," Wisdom said. "If I don't put it there and guide it and push it, nobody else will."

Wisdom doesn't get paid for his work with Bikes Not Bombs. He's learned to streamline his life to focus on what is most important to him. He eats a lot of dried tofu and soy milk, grains and vegetables, lives simply, and has great friends that keep him going. Sometime he uses his own money to support his work with Bikes Not Bombs, even though his only income comes from playing around town with his carefree reggae band Roots-N-Wisdom.

Last month, Ruta Maya Coffee helped Bikes Not Bombs produce a CD of international musicians recorded in Chiapas. Portions of the profits from the CD will be split to go to a school for refugee children in Chiapas and to opening the bike shop. On the CD, Wisdom does a lovely cover of Jimmy Cliff's song, "Suffering in the Land."

For the sake of the living

Let's sing these songs of freedom

Suffering in the land

For the sake of the children

Let's sing these songs of peace

Suffering in the land

We're calling on the world powers

To help this situation ...

Tra la la la, la la la, la la la...

In a rare moment of relaxation, Wisdom shyly admits that the busted knuckles I asked him about were earned from working on the truck all week.

"Good will come out from it," he smiles, "so there is sweetness there. Sweet pain." He laughs and from his lips the line from that familiar chorus rings out, "Tra la la la."


 

UN NIGERIANO PERDIDO EN YUCATAN

Rafael Campos

Soy parte del movimiento Rasta-Maya, dice alegre Wisdom Ogbor, originario de Nigeria. El rastafari es mucho más que un movimiento cultural; es una filosofía, una estética y un original planteamiento alternativo que cuestiona al sistema capitalista.

Señala que el movimiento o rastafarismo se ha extendido en todo el mundo; hay rastas arios, orientales, negros, mestizos , que de una manera u otra plantean una nueva manera de vivir y de interrelacionarse con la naturaleza.

El movimiento rasta puede tener muchas debilidades, como lo tuvo el hippismo de los 60s, y como lo tienen muchos otros movimientos alternativos de inspiración oriental. Sin embargo, sigue creciendo en todo el mundo y ganando adeptos, porque tiene una raíz de independencia y libertad.

Al parecer existe una fuente racial que no puede ser suplantada, los blancos rastas parecen una caricatura. En cambio los indígenas americanos poseen una raíz que los acerca a los negros, y cuya mezcla ha sido una fecunda rama de éste fenómeno cultural; El rastafarismo.


El Caribe es la zona de mayor difusión y arraigo, Jamaica sigue siendo el faro difusor de la doctrina, los hijos de Bob Marley son profetas y tienen sus adeptos. No obstante, en la zona del Caribe que comprende México y centro-américa , ha surgido una rama fecunda y original; Los rastas-mayas, los cuales surgen de la mezcla de las imigraciones negras a México .


A diferencia de otras regiones del País en dónde los negros fueron marginados y excluidos; Guerrero, Oaxaca y Veracruz. Los mayas fueron particularmente benévolos con los negros , los aceptaron e integraron a su cultura, lo mismo que hicieron con las inmigraciones de chinos. Los mayas tienen una tradición hospitalaria que ha sobrevivido a través de los siglos.


Cabe recordar que con el movimiento social maya de 1847, conocido como guerra de castas, emigraciones de mayas que huían de la contienda se establecieron en Belice, Guatemala y Honduras, estos mayas que ya tenían antecedentes de sangre negra, se mezclaron con los negros residentes, los Garífunas, y es con ellos con los que surge el nuevo concepto de rasta maya; Mayas que hablan una mezcla de inglés, español y maya. Es en Belice en donde encontramos a los rastas mayas en su más pura acepción, orgullosos de sus raíces mayas, negras y latinas.
Wisdom cuyo grupo se llama "Roots and Wisdom" dice que los rastas son poetas, músicos, filósofos, pero sobre todo son profetas de una nueva fe y de un nuevo concepto del hombre. Es una curiosa mezcla de mesianismo y arte negro, esta singular semilla, ha sido cultivada en los últimos 7 años en la zona maya por un profeta nacido en Africa; Wisdom Ogbor, de Midwest, Nigeria.


Wisdom tiene viiendo en México unos 16 años, durante este tiempo ha formado su banda musical ; Roots and Wisdom, que a través de los años ha tenido diversos elementos, en este periodo ha producido 6 albunes; King zugos clan 1996, Acoustic 2003, Bicycles for rasta mayas 2004, Africa Fe 2004, ¿ Entienden espangles ?2006, Negro Yanga 2007.

Wisdom es de la tribu Ibo, y su lengua es el Ibo, en Nigeria existen tres clanes, los yorubas, los Hausas y los Ibo, los Yorubas y los Ibos tienen una raíz común, los Ibo son los intelectuales, los artistas, ellos son quienes poseen la tradición más profunda, de los Yorubas tenemos muchos antecedentes por que ellos fueron quienes poblaron la isla de Cuba, los Hausas profesan la fe musulmana y fue a ellos a quienes los conquistadores ingleses les dieron el poder del País. Por ello, Wisdom es un profeta de profundas raíces ancestrales.

Como músico Wisdom tiene tres grandes facetas; La producción de música tradicional africana en su lengua materna, la música en inglés, su lengua adquirida,- de ahí su primer nombre, es obligatorio en Nigeria que el primer nombre sea inglés-. Y la música en un lenguaje mezclado; espagles, maya-español, y todas juntas.
La música de la banda es el tradicional reeage, sin embargo, Wisdom posee un estilo desenfadado e irreverente que lo hace particularmente atractivo. Su música va desde la música espiritual de los cantos africanos, el reeage tradicional mezclado con punta, testimoniales, como el negro Yanga a composiciones en maya como tin bin tin nay.

La gira que tuvieron en el 2008, incluyó las ciudades de las Vegas, Portland, Seattle, San Diego, Tijuana, y Vancouver Canada.
La banda ha creado su propio sello discográfico ; Roots and Wisdom music cuyos integrantes son: Wisdon Ogbor, compositor, vocalista, guitarra acústica.Kaliman batería. Cesar Lechuga Pech, percusiones. Charles Tinger y Cesar Chávez, percusiones. Tatiana Muñoz, vocalista. Giorgia Mancon, saxofón y Cris G. guitarra eléctrica.
En el año 2002 Wisdom adquierió una propiedad en la Ciudad de Felipe Carrillo Puerto y funda el centro de la cultura Afro Maya A.C. Cuyo fin es establecer programas de estudio de los mayas de México, Guatemala, Belice, y Honduras con los africanos de África. El centro propone el intercambio músical y cultural entre ambos continentes a través de cursos y publicaciones multimedia. El centro se funda como una asociación civil sin fines de lucro. Actualmente están haciendo una película que llevará por título " Yo no soy Bob Marley " la cual tratará del encuentro de dos culturas desde el particular prisma del maestro Wisdom.
La banda toca en diferentes lugares turísticos de la Riviera maya y de Quintana Roo, y ocasionalmente en bares de Carrillo Puerto, como en la Baticueva, en donde alternan con músicos locales, y desde ahí lanzan su mensaje alternativo de una nueva vida y una nueva idea del hombre; un hombre sin ataduras ni prejuicios, un hombre universal sin color y sin temores.

Actualmente toca en el restaurante Saint Bonnet en la avenida del malecón.

De rastas por el puerto

Principal | REGIONES | Noroeste | De rastas por el puerto TamaÒo de la fuente:  Published 02/07/2010 03:48:00

Noticias de Yucatan - La ciudad es un punto cosmopolita que trae a su malecón a los más diversos personajes de todo el mundo.

Noticias de Progreso

Maribel Fuentes

Considerándose como parte de un movimiento Rasta-Maya, Wisdom Ogbor, originario de Nigeria, vive en México unos 16 años, durante este tiempo ha formado su banda musical; Roots and Wisdom, que a través de los años ha tenido diversos elementos, en este periodo ha producido 6 albunes; King zugos clan 1996, Acoustic 2003, Bicycles for rasta mayas 2004, Africa Fe 2004, ¿ Entienden espangles ?2006, Negro Yanga 2007.

El músico señaló que el movimiento o rastafarismo se ha extendido en todo el mundo; hay rastas arios, orientales, negros, mestizos que de una manera plantean una nueva manera de vivir y de interrelacionarse con la naturaleza.

El movimiento rasta puede tener muchas debilidades, como lo tuvo el hippismo de los 60s, y como lo tienen muchos otros movimientos alternativos de inspiración oriental. Sin embargo, sigue creciendo en todo el mundo y ganando adeptos, porque tiene una raíz de independencia y libertad.

Wisdom cuyo grupo se llama "Roots and Wisdom" dice que los rastas son poetas, músicos, filósofos, pero sobre todo son profetas de una nueva fe y de un nuevo concepto del hombre. Es una curiosa mezcla de mesianismo y arte negro, esta singular semilla, ha sido cultivada en los últimos 7 años en la zona maya por un profeta nacido en África.

Hijo del mundo
Su lengua es el io, “en Nigeria existen tres clanes, los yorubas, los hausas y los ibo, los yorubas y los ibos tienen una raíz común, los Ibo son los intelectuales, los artistas, ellos son quienes poseen la tradición más profunda, de los yorubas tenemos muchos antecedentes por que ellos fueron quienes poblaron la isla de Cuba, los Hausas profesan la fe musulmana y fue a ellos a quienes los conquistadores ingleses les dieron el poder del país”, indicó.

Por ello, Wisdom es un profeta de profundas raíces ancestrales, tiene tres grandes facetas; La producción de música tradicional africana en su lengua materna, la música en inglés, su lengua adquirida,- de ahí su primer nombre, es obligatorio en Nigeria que el primer nombre sea inglés-. Y la música en un lenguaje mezclado; espagles, maya-español, y todas juntas.

La música de la banda es el tradicional reeage, sin embargo, Wisdom posee un estilo desenfadado e irreverente que lo hace particularmente atractivo. Su música va desde la música espiritual de los cantos africanos, el reeage tradicional mezclado con punta, testimoniales, como el negro Yanga a composiciones en maya como tin bin tin nay.

En el año 2002 Wisdom adquierió una propiedad en la Ciudad de Felipe Carrillo Puerto y funda el centro de la cultura Afro Maya A.C. Cuyo fin es establecer programas de estudio de los mayas de México, Guatemala, Belice, y Honduras con los africanos de África. El centro propone el intercambio músical y cultural entre ambos continentes a través de cursos y publicaciones multimedia. El centro se funda como una asociación civil sin fines de lucro.

 

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Pedro Perez
Orquideas (Esq. Yaxchilan)
Cancun, Quintana Roo , Mexico
e-mail info@rootsandwisdommusic.com

November 8, 2005  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

ROOTS AND WISDOM RELEASES A NEW CD, ENTITLED "AFRICA FE" IN SPANISH, WHICH MEANS "AFRICAN FAITH", IN ENGLISH 

"AFRICA FE" is the title of the new ROOTS AND WISDOM CD which will debut on the internet in early November 2005 with 2 singles being released as a special preview for the public. The two singles will be released on the website, www.rootsandwisdommusic.com in the GIFT SHOP and on the AFRICA FE pages. One of the preview single is a "Live" video soundtrack of Hurricane Wilma as it smashed into Cancun in October 2005, during the production of the AFRICA FE CD. The other single is entitled "YALIWE", a Soca, Calypso, Punta, Africa beat track that was recorded in Belize with Jack Jones of CALCUTA ROOTS BAND.

The new ROOTS AND WISDOM CD is released exclusively to raise money to build an international cultural center in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Mexico, 200 kilometers from Cancun, and 100 kilometers from Tulum. The center will cater to African and Mayan issues from the Yucatan peninsula, to the rest of the world. 

To commemorate the opening of the AFRICAN AND MAYAN CULTURAL CENTER in Carrillo Puerto, many old releases of ROOTS AND WISDOM CD's are being re-issued. Together with the previous CD, "BICYCLES FOR RASTAS MAYAS", other ROOTS AND WISDOM CD's currently in the market are "ROOTS AND WISDOM ACOUSTIC CD", "KING ZUGO'S CLAN", a "COMPLETE ROOTS AND WISDOM" CD comprising of all the 4 CD's ever released by ROOTS AND WISDOM, and 3 music videos. This CD is strictly a COMPUTER EDITION CD for play only in a computer. Another computer edition CD released to the market is a version of the AFRICA FE CD with 3 music videos.

If all these help you get along okay during these holidays gift-giving period, we are happy to be here for you. All ROOTS AND WISDOM products are exclusively available through the GIFT SHOP at www.rootsandwisdommusic.com or through our authorized agents and dealers. Refer all inquiries for bookings and other information to the appropriate departments of the website.

HAPPY LISTENING, AND HAPPY VIEWING of these new ROOTS AND WISDOM products!!!

 

 

PREVIOUS RELEASES:-

Contact: Pedro Perez
Orquideas (Esq. Yaxchilan)
Cancun, Quintana Roo , Mexico
Telephone 01 998 884 1344

e-mail info@rootsandwisdommusic.com

December 1, 2004  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

ROOTS AND WISDOM RELEASES BICYCLES FOR RASTAS MAYAS: 
(NEW CD FOR SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS, UNITY FOR AFRICANS, 
MEXICANS, NORTH AND CENTRAL AMERICANS)

The new CD from ROOTS AND WISDOM, an international musical
group led by Wisdom Ogbor, a Nigerian born musician, author, 
philanthropist and social activist, was released to raving 
reviews in 2004 in Cancun Mexico , and in Central America

The CD has been hailed as a unifying body of work for 
social help among Africans, Mexicans and all Americans 
living in the north and south of the continent because of 
the involvement of Wisdom Ogbor with several communities in 
the regions, many of which benefit from the free bicycle 
project he works for with his group of friends and musicians. 
This project is supported by donations and pulled together 
with the activities and the music of ROOTS AND WISDOM in the 
Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen and Tulum areas of 
Mexico. Mexicans in other non tourist regions have reacted 
favorably also to Roots and Wisdom music, spreading the co-
operation of music and communities further to Belize, 
Guatemala and Honduras


Cancun Mexico is the principal destination point for 
millions of holiday makers from all over the world. Tested 
behind the backdrop of this big international community, the 
music of ROOTS AND WISDOM has thrived, blending African 
rhythms with reggae and other popular music from around the 
world. Songs are in English, Spanish, French, and the native 
Nigerian languages of Ibo and Yoruba. The beat of this music 
has not yet seized to captivate the world audience in all the 
holiday resorts zones of Mexico and Central America.

Wisdom Ogbor, a past publisher and editor of REAL ROOTS 
MAGAZINE, an international and multicultural publication in 
Houston Texas, has used his enormous experience and contacts 
to produce this CD that people will be listening to for a long 
time to come. Buy this CD now, review it or interview Wisdom
.

CD distribution, tours and interviews are being scheduled for 
the USA, Mexico and Europe now.

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