World War Peace

World War Peace

You Got To Believe!

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Oakland resident Keno Elanz Mapp has assembled a cast of fine musicians to assist him in this self-released recording that, in spirit, resembles the serious, gutsy rock sounds made by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison decades ago.

Among the guests on the album — which apparently is getting play on Live 105 — are Pink Floyd’s Durga McBroom on background vocals, Fishbone’s Angelo Moore as guest poet, Journey’s Atma Anur on drums and Vicious Rumors’ Ira Black on guitar.

Cina Wakasa plays the shakuhachi, a Japanese “healing flute,” to nice effect on the particularly soothing “How Do You Teach Your Child About War?” The song is co-written by guitarist Juan Richardson, who contributes several tunes to the collection.

Not anyone can write decent poetry. But Keno’s lyrics preaching peace and love combine convincingly with the classic rock elements on most of the tunes, the notable exception being Moore’s lengthy spoken-word piece, “The Doves of Peace and Love,” which has decidedly jazz overtones.

Keno cares about doing “something positive for the planet,” and that’s what he’s doing here.


1) What Is Waiting on Us Tomorrow?

2) Live by It

3) You

4) How Do You Teach Your Child About War?

5) The World’s Lost Its Way

6) You Got to Believe

7) Senseless Murder

8) Flowers in Bloom

9) Your Own Personality

10) The Doves of Peace & Love (Angelo Moore)

11) Free

12) Ain’t I a Man

13) Smile


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