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Unity And Diversity

by One World Tribe

Reggae world-beat funk meets Latin hip-hop music - representin' unity and diversity in the world today.
Genre: World: Reggae
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Go Forward
3:52 album only
2. We Are One
5:17 album only
3. Keep On Struttin' (Chicken Song)
4:01 album only
4. Maria Caracoles
4:37 album only
5. No Justice, No Peace
6:05 album only
6. Money Don't Make It Right
5:08 album only
7. Mosi Oa Tuni
7:46 album only
8. Wanty Wanty
4:30 album only
9. Wish You Love
4:28 album only
10. Who Gets The Money?
3:21 album only
11. Rio
5:51 album only
12. Mr. Gahnjah Mon
4:52 album only
13. No Justice No Peace (King's X Remix)
6:32 album only
14. Unity And Diversity
7:08 album only


Album Notes
NOTE: For the digital version of this CD, please go to


The debut release from One World Tribe is now re-issued and available!

These fourteen tracks of hard-hitting jams include the 1999 John Lennon Songwriting Contest World Category Finalist title track Unity and Diversity. Along with twelve originals and a jam over The Meters' Chicken Strut, the Pello El Afrikan classic Maria Caracoles rounds out an eclectic collection of music that remains cohesive despite the stylistic changes.


We've got to fight sometime
Still trying to hold us back
We might stumble some time
So we've got to educate the mind
Go Forward - Move!!

So begins the manifesto of One World Tribe's debut CD 'UNITY AND DIVERSITY'.

Assembled by bandleader Kennedy Thompson in 1994, One World Tribe lives up to their album title's description. Unified in their stances on justice for all, freedom of being and spirit, and the oneness of the human existence, the members of the group encompass the globe in background and experience.

How many miles must we march for freedom
How many wars will we have to bear
before our homeless have a world that feeds them
before our children have a world that cares
We are one, we are one

Virtually every ethnic group is represented in the makeup of the band, bringing together black and white, Asian, European, African and Latino. Most members met through the band, yet the positive chemistry and true feeling for each other are often commented on by both fans and employers. These people really like each other, and love what they do.

They have taken up the cause of breaking down the divisions between peoples based on race, religion, or social and economic background, so they may have the same joy. In doing so, they realize they have entered the battle, and see that the people need to be readied for the days ahead.

Grab your brother and sister and love 'em
This war is mental so the mind gets weak
When you see a casualty, to them you must speak
The revolution starts in your own street

One World Tribe brings the battle home, where each victory is the mental freedom of another soul. The catalysts are in the lyrics, which speak of the way to find this freedom, and in the unity of the group and its purpose.

No Justice, No Peace
No Justice for the people, No Peace
They think the revolution die
When the Black Panther die
Get conscious, wake up your mind today
They kill the freedom fighters
Execute them make them martyrs
Get conscious, wake up your mind today

Seeing the corruption of current society, they base their values on humanity, not on greed and the allure of money. Should there be a choice, the path is clear. Find your happiness in life, in each other, and in family, not cash.

Mama used to tell me money don't grow on trees
You better learn to appreciate you get nothing for free
Money hungry people want to rule the world
Happiness money just can't buy

Wanty, can't getty
You getty, getty wanty
It's not yours, you better leave it alone
You better do without or man, get your own

The subject of money brings the opportunity for more questioning, exploring and learning. Understanding how to use it to make the world what we wish it to be becomes the lesson.

Everybody's living day to day
Working, spending, trying to find a way
Story's happening right beneath your nose
Money comes, and there it goes
Are you thinking how your money flows?
Who gets the money?

No strangers to the injustices of life today, this also comes out in the music. Expressing the sentiments in Reggae, World Beat, Funk, Latin and Hip-Hop, the positive intent of the band can take the form of showing the injustices for what they are.

No Justice! No Peace!
I'm in PA, cops are shootin' up niggaz like I'm livin in LA
Police shootin' up brothers carrying buckets in their grips,
Only to be freed 'cause of lack of evidence.
Now that was in Chicago, let me tell ya 'bout the 'burgh
Point-blank range, ain't nothing strange
Down in Philly, they got Abu Jamal in prison
He's looking at a death sentence
Did I mention? he was a Black Panther, Funk Power!

With the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fading with the end of 'No Justice (King's X Remix)', the CD sets a more mellow tone as the title track ends the journey, for the moment. The message remains the same, however. There is room for everyone and everything, as long as unity does not mean an end to diversity.

Unity and Diversity
One world, many people
Rigidity, high anxiety
In reality, there's just you and me
Unity and Diversity
Can't you see you're a part of me
No fear, no apology
Unity and Diversity

One World Tribe. Unity and Diversity.

We are One World Tribe, you are One World Tribe, and that is the human family.

Unity and Diversity, 14 tracks of music.



Brad Amidon
- drums, percussion
Mark Marchant
- percussion
Frank Singer
- keyboards, sax
Kennedy Thompson
- vocals, keyboards, percussion
Kenny Hollis
- guitar
Matty Walker
- percussion
- lead vocals
Mike Chin
- bass
Barnetta De Boe
- vocals
Enrique Lozada
- vocals


M'Baye Rama Diagne
- vocals, djembe
Terrance Simien
- vocals, accordian, rubboard
Eric Walker
- vocals
Lauren Hughes
- vocals, keyboards
Mike Ohm
- guitar
Randy Baumann
- keyboards, clinton
Diego Andujar
- guira
D.J. Chilly J.
- background vocals


Bruce Johnstone
- saxes, flute
Brian Hannah
- trumpet
Phil Papotnik
- saxes
Dave Stevens
- trombone


recorded at
TRS Audio, Erie Pennsylvania
engineered by
John Mazza
produced by
Rusty Jackson
Sugar Man Productions
(814) 455-5331
additional recording
Tom Hitt [ Cycling Troll Studios ]
Everette Eighmy
Keith Veshecco
art direction & design
Matty Walker
design and digital magic
Matt Ehrsam
Digital Alchemy

Booking Info
(814) 864-4187

band website

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Randy Baumann

A mixture of reggae, jazz, funk, rap, Latin, R&B and world beat, Unity And Diver
ONE WORLD TRIBE [Article by Randy Baumann] |
The first time I saw One World Tribe, I thought that a Jim Henderson production had come to town. The Tribe definitely display characteristics of Dr. Teeth's band. Their stage presence is so awesome, it doesn't matter that less than a handful of soundmen (and rooms, for that matter) are able to capture what is actually happening on stage. The vibe is there, and the tunes are audible enough to figure out that this band is tighter than any band that comes through town, much less any band from town. |
The fact is, One World Tribe is a compilation of some of Erie's best musicians, and this shines through on their long-awaited debut CD, Unity And Diversity. I can say without hesitation that this is the best locally produced CD I have ever heard, by far. A mixture of reggae, jazz, funk, rap, Latin, R&B and world beat, Unity And Diversity is a polyrhythmic ride through each genre that can be a visually rewarding experience (if you let it) as it is an aural one. Percussion drives, but never smothers the bouncing, sometimes odd-metered melodies, complete with multi-layered vocal harmonies that are so precise it's spine chilling. |
You would need a pretty elaborate abacus to keep track of the number of different musicians featured on this disk, and producer Rusty Jackson herded them together with sheeping-like consistency. He lets everyone step up, without stepping on the numerous feet of the Tribe. Most notable guest performance is from Louisiana Zydeco aficionado Terrence Simien. His vocal/accordion performance on the War-like "We Are One" makes this track one of the strongest on the disk. Other stand out guest appearances include M'Baye Rama Diage (a master drummer from Senegal), as well as more than a few popular regional talents. |
Make no mistake about it, the Tribe are the real deal. Consisting of Preacha - lead vocals and percussion, Kenny Hollis - licks (guitar and tongue), Mark Marchant and Matty Walker - percussion and percussion, Brad Amidon - drums, Mike Chin - bass guitar, Kennedy Thompson - keyboards and percussion, and Frank Singer - keyboards and saxophone, the Tribe are quickly becoming known as one of the tightest bands in the region. With such elaborate instrumentation, it would be easy for OWT's songs to be cluttered down with too much of everything. Herein lies the most impressive aspect of Unity And Diversity. When 'less is more' can be a good rule of musical thumb, with the Tribe, more is more. Percussion patterns abound beneath, above, and around each tune, only to compliment each other, some so subtle that they only become apparent after hearing the disk a couple of times. |
The opening cut, "Go Forward", is a Reggae in 5 tune that has unshakable horn hook, while OWT's "Keep On Struttin'" (based on the Meters' "Chicken Strut"), a standout during their live set, will have you unconsciously clucking like a chicken thanks to Kenny Hollis' impersonation. Very impressive is Brad Amidon's composition "Mosi Oa Tunya", which is as intricate rhythmically as anything on the disk. Mike Ohm, lead guitarist for Plato's Cave, guests on this cut and lays tasteful licks over the pounding progression. That's the thing about the disk that I dig the most, the songs OWT don't play live that are on the disk are as strong and stronger than the tunes we've heard grow through their live performances. Songs like "Money Don't Make It Right" have been in OWT's set for a couple of years, and don't lose anything in the studio recording, but songs like "We Are One" which are freshly written, sound as if they have been played live and had time to grow into their final form. |
"Who Gets The Money" is a Singer/Preach song that proves that Frank Singer is capable of just about anything musically. He plays piano like Keith Jarret or Chick Corea on acid; fast , furious, and right on. What's really sick is that he's probably as good a guitar player as he is a keyboard player. Any song on this disk he had a hand in writing is a gem. Preach's vocals command attention on songs like the title track "Unity And Diversity" and "Go Forward". Like the rest of the band, his vocals adapt to the style of the song they're playing with Zelig-like ease. Whether it's rap ("Keep On Struttin'"), reggae ("Mr. Gahnjah Mon") or R&B ("Money Don't Make It Right"), Preach and the Tribe have change-up ability that Phil Niekro would be jealous of. |
One World Tribe also is not afraid to take chances on this disk. The Latin cover "Maria Caracoles", which Santana had covered in the seventies, is done sweet justice with Enrique Lozada at the vocal helm. The fact is, it just seems like they're taking chances with a tune like this, in reality, the musical ability of each member of the Tribe is on such a higher plane than any other local band, that a tune like this is a breeze. Mike Chin's "Wanty Wanty" has a unique poetic license applied to it. Chinisms? Chinish? Chin-ese? Chinnigan? Call it what you like, it works, as does everything else on this spectacular debut disk.

Doctor Rock

One World Tribe's 'Unity and Diversity' has more soul, brims with more vitality,
Showcase Doctor Rock 'Unity and Diversity' review |
| One World Tribe's 'Unity and Diversity' has more soul, brims with more vitality, than half the discs that pass for music on corporate lavels. ||
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On Broadway, Savion Glover brings da funk, brings da noise and it's good, very good. On 'Unity and Diversity', Erie's One World Tribe not only brings da funk and da noise but da reggae, R&B, dancehall, rap, African chant, Latin, rock, and enough horns and cookin' percussion to get an entire island chain moving. |
And it's good, very good. This disc has more soul, brims with more vitality, than half the discs that pass for music on corporate labels. Jam-packed with 74 minutes of music, 'Unity and Diversity' shows off One World Tribe's many faces and facets to astonishing effect. |
To be sure, it's not only a big band - with ten members - but a mighty diverse one. Members boast credentials in a variety of musical genres, including classical, jazz, reggae, rock, Latin, funk and R&B. With One World Tribe, they find a way to bring all those under one roof in a joyous, celebratory way. |
What ties it all together - more than the world-music tag - is a common vision. Their assorted songwriters - and pretty much everybody contributes - ascribe to a similar world view. It's a we're-all-in-this-together thing, so let's-get-along utopianism; a belief that one universal truth governs us all. They mistrust poewer, decry poverty and violence, urge tolerance and respect of people's differences. And yet - beyond the lyrics - they say all this by the simple act of standing together on stage, making music. It's one thing to preach unity and harmony, regardless of race and sex and religion, and another to actually DO it, play it live, loud and proud. |
AND DID THE DOC SAY THEY PLAY it good, very good? Musicianship here is first-rate, ditto the production and mixing. And, despite all the different styles on display, the songs are tightly focused. One World Tribe doesn't make the mistake of cluttering up songs with too many styles, thereby creating an unlistenable mess. They use a lot of instrumentation but everything works for the song, not against it. And each song has a strong stamp and identity, though a few - especially "Mosi Oa Tunya" - stretch out to good effect. Arrangements are a strong point, not a weakness, with One World Tribe. |
"No Justice, No Peace" salutes Marley-style reggae with an in-the-pocket verve, thanks to Chin's deep-burbling bass and DeBoe's warm back-up vocals. Preach - a toaster up there with Toastmaster - also shines on the exuberant, horn-powered reggae opener "Go Forward," which has a nice, rippling piano break, and the more playful "Mr. Gahnja Mon." |
The Doc also likes the furious scratch-funk of "Who Gets the Money?" and breezy, groove-laden "Money Don't Make It Right," an R&B pleaser. One World Tribe throws longtime fans a bone by doing the Meter's "Keep on Struttin," in a re-worked version that really cooks. Take it to the bridge? Take it to the bank: This jaunty/funky version swings like a night on the town. And "Maria Caracoles," a peppy, Latin-fueled burner sung in Spanis, works in any language. It's got some squalling guitar and a jazzed-up ending. |
Guest star Terrance Simien provides stellar accordion work on the sassy "We Are One," which features scorching congas, some African chanting, and intense rhythmic undertow. OWT's rhythm section, by the way, is stellar. |
With "Mosi Oa Tunya" and "Rio," One World Tribe widens its horizon, exploring jazzier terrain. The former also dives deeply into African chant and features an extended horn solo. It's a complex, fascinating track, one of the Doc's favorites. "Rio" has an airier feel, sort of Santana meets Manhattan Transfer, and closes with a jazzy jam. |
The only cut the Doc doesn't much care for is the King's X remix of "No Justice," delivered in rapid-fire rap. But the reggae-tinged title track closes the disc on a bubbly, upbeat note. You gotta like a song which encourages you to sing, "no more lawyers." And when it kicks into percussive overdrive, it really lifts off, showing One World Tribe's musicality and inventiveness. |
With 'Unity and Diversity', One World Tribe has produced one mighty good disc that might have some folks thinking they're from Erie, Jamaica, or Erie, N.Y., not Erie, Pa. It's a first-class package from a classy band. ||
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'UNITY AND DIVERSITY' by One World Tribe. Doctor Rock's rating: **** out of four.

Russell Reviews

...eclectic album...all knits together...
One World Tribe ­ Unity And Diversity |
By Russell Barker


One World Tribe's album is aptly named, the guys coming together to produce an eclectic album that takes in many types of black music. The surprising thing is how well they do it and how well it all knits together into a cohesive album.


We get Marley style reggae on 'Go Forward' and 'No Justice, No Peace', African rhythms are fused with modern elements on 'We Are One' and 'Maria Caracoles', they then sound like an upbeat Tribe Called Quest ('Keep On Struttin') and provide sweet soul music ('Wish You Love').


The best thing is saved til near the end with a Kings X Remix of 'No Justice, No Peace', which turns it into a rap protest song.


'Unity And Diversity', something for everyone but not everything for someone.