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“The intention of the music and the message,” explains Hawai’i-born singer/songwriter Daniel Pak in an interview with the Honolulu Weekly, “is to give people a glimpse of the truth in a way such that it just might uplift them to go do something to change it.”
Seattle reggae rockers Kore Ionz have shared the stage with such legends as The Wailers, Steel Pulse, and Third World, as well as current charting artists like Katchafire and J Boog. Teaming up with producer Mell Dettmer (Femi Kuti, Bassekou Kouyate, Clinton Fearon), the band spent most of 2010 in the studio, releasing their second full-length album, World War Free, on August 20, 2011.
“War has and always will be about competition,” Pak continues. “For food, resources, energy. In the cave man days, tribes fought to survive…then over the course of thousands of years technology advanced and now, in our modern age, it’s at the point where we could make ourselves extinct with one bad decision.”
Featuring the five-member core of Pak, bassist Brendan DeMelle, drummer Teo Shantz, keyboardist Kiley Sullivan, and percussionist Ahkeenu Musa, the band enlisted the talent of tenor saxophone player Izaak Mills (Clinton Fearon), trumpet player Owuor Arunga (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Wheedle’s Groove), and lead guitarists Mark Oi (Clinton Fearon) and Thaddeus Turner (Maktub, Digable Planets, Shabazz Palaces) to record World War Free. The single “First Avenue” features a guest appearance by Prometheus Brown of renown Seattle hip hop group Blue Scholars.