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Michael Franti

  • Michael Franti (born April 21, 1966, in Oakland, California) is an American poet, musician, and composer of African, Native American, Irish, French, and German descent.
  • Franti is the creator and lead vocalist of Michael Franti & Spearhead, a band that blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock.
  • He is also an outspoken supporter for a wide spectrum of peace and social justice issues.
  • Michael Franti was adopted by Carole Wisti and Charles Franti, a white Finnish American couple in Oakland, who had three biological children and one other adopted African American son.
  • Michael attended Davis Senior High School and graduated from the University of San Francisco.
  • He has two sons: Ade with his wife Tara Franti-Rye, and Cappy from a previous relationship.
  • Franti began his music career in 1986 as part of the industrial punk band The Beatnigs.
  • His next project, The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, working with jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter, and electronic musicians Mark Pistel and Jack Dangers.
  • In 1994, Franti formed a new band called Spearhead with a few studio musicians, including mainstay Carl Young, and announced the dissolution of Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy.
  • Michael Franti played three different events to commemorate President Barack Obama's inauguration: The Green Ball, The Peace Ball and the Rock the Vote Party.

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I'm Alive (Life Sounds Like)
Say Hey (I LoveYou) (feat. Spearhead)

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