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Martin Zobel in San Francisco

Martin Zobel in San Francisco

Martin Zobel in San Francisco

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Martin Zobel comes to America.

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An intimate crowd had the privilege of seeing Germany’s Martin Zobel and his band Soulrise on September 9, 2012, in San Francisco on their debut American tour. 

Fully FullwoodFully Fullwood (legendary bass player, from Peter Tosh to Soul Syndicate and Tosh Meets Marley) produced Zobel’s new roots album, “Land of the Free” in his Southern California studio, prompting a short tour of the West Coast. Another icon, Earl Zero, opened for Zobel, accompanied by clips of the 1981 movie “Word, Sound & Power” that featured both Zero and Fullwood. From the old roots, to the new roots, the connection was clear. Zobel’s music beats to the heart of original-style roots reggae but is fresh and unique. He expresses passionately while interacting joyously with Soulrise. Clearly he was thrilled to be performing in California.

The buzz from this first tour is growing. I look forward to seeing him reach wider next time around. In the meantime, as Martin Zobel says, “Today I will take it Easy, I won’t complicate my mind”.

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