SayReal and Rebelle



All Ages
Reggae returns to Hawks & Reed with SayReal and Rebelle!

SayReal and Rebelle

Friday, February 21st

Doors 7pm; Show 7:30pm

The Perch at Hawks & Reed

Tickets $12 in advance; $17 day of show

SayReal has a RealSayer’s mission that they want to tell you about. It

starts out with, “Everyone has a voice in the conversation” and grows from

there. When SayReal talks about the RealSayer mission you come away

with a deeper awareness that your spark in the world is vital and unique.

Their thought-provoking discussion facilitates exploration around

connection, personal empowerment and being a radical force for change in

our world.

SayReal is a pop/reggae band based out of Los Angeles, CA. Fronted by

vocalist and bass playing center, Naia Kete, she is accompanied by her

boyfriend Lee John on drum set and her brother, Imani Elijah on keyboard

and drums. As 3 multi-instrumentalists, together they create deeply

impactful and genuine music with an undeniably authentic river running

through it all.

This comes across effortlessly for the listener in the self-written, recorded

and produced material, listen to their 2019 release, “Heavy on the Down”,

as well as their mightily dynamic, transcendent live performances. Having

such deep love of music and family fuels the meaning and importance of

the musical mission SayReal is on – to create unique and genuine

communicative art, redefining mainstream entertainment.

“With impeccable quality and irresistible sound, it’s impossible to ignore this

powerhouse group - SayReal.” – Planet Stereo

“The protest song is the first test of social consciousness and it takes many

forms, including songs of advocacy. “Africa Unite”, “Black Legends”, “Gun

Violence” and “Stop War” are prime examples served up by ReBelle”. –

The Daily Freeman, Woodstock, NY

ReBelle is an intergenerational and intercultural band from Africa and

America. They are an evocative musical force offering all original music,

sung in many different languages including, English, Wolof, Creole and

French. Their powerhouse vocalists chant meditations on liberation while

instrumentals propel roots reggae soul. Their mystical mix of pulsing

rhythms and strong arrangements are internationally acclaimed.

“ReBelle does some heavy channeling in their live shows…..When ReBelle

performs, concert halls become churches, and for several hours, at least,

people come together.”- Valley Advocate

ReBelle and SayReal is not just any musical family; they are a dynamic

phenomenon creating, inspiriting, generating and inspiring deeply rooted

love in action. They’ve performed nationally and internationally, connecting

to communities around the globe who’ve been touched by their

intergenerational and ongoing musical narrative about progressive change

in the world.

SayReal has shared the stage with Ziggy Marley, Michael Franti, Paul

McCartney, Bjork, Matisyahu, Steel Pulse, Snoop Lion and have brought

their message to the SXSW stage, Bonaroo, Cali Roots, High Sierra

Nevada festivals and more. They’ve co-written music with John Forte,

Colbie Caillat, Mikal Blue and others.

Their latest release, “Heavy on the Down”, has been mentioned in over 200

news and media outlets and features anthems to women rising, LGBTQ

rights, the complexities of the times we are living and stories of love.

This past year, they enjoyed a U.S. and Canada tour with,

“A Bowie Celebration”, a David Bowie alumni tribute to the iconic creator.

Lead singer for SayReal, Naia Kete, was on season 2 of NBC’s The Voice

and viewing parties popped up all over the Pioneer Valley in support of the

artist who, along with her brother and SayReal band mate, Imani, attended

the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School.

This past summer, Naia and SayReal band mate (and boyfriend) Lee John,

taught singing and drumming at the Institute for Musical Arts in Goshen,

MA, where Lee’s aunts June Millington and Anne Hackler who founded and

run the IMA, live and host rock and roll girls from all over the world.

ReBelle has shared the stage with all the musical greats including Burning

Spear, the sons and daughters of Bob Marley, Israel Vibration, Sister Carol,

Mutabaruka, Lucky Dube, Little Richard and more. They’ve played major

festivals across the U.S. and Africa, International Festival of Arts and Ideas,

Fire Water Festival, Harmonic Convergence, Vermont Reggae, Bel Chere,

LEAF, Reggae Sunsplash, Baia Das Gatas and to sold out crowds at the

iconic venue, The Iron Horse Music Hall. They’ve brought their music and

message to maximum security prisons in the south and opened for Amy

Goodman when she was keynote speaker @ the Five Colleges. They’ve

guest lectured at Amherst College on the voices of women in progressive

reggae music and the dynamics of feminine and masculine collaboration in

ReBelle music. They run a youth drum and dance company and produce a

podcast featuring young voices converting local and global problems to

solutions through youth lead conversations. ReBelle brings their music to

Senegal, West Africa each year where they also speak through the press

about improving infrastructure and living conditions for Africans. They

donate to and visit schools in Senegal. ReBelle makes their home in the

U.S. and in Senegal, West Africa.

Venue Information:
The Perch at Hawks & Reed
289 Main St
4th Floor
Greenfield, MA, 01301