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Michael Franti Interviewed on ARTplus About His Power to the Peaceful Music Festival

Musician Michael Franti talks to ARTplus about his upcoming Power to the Peaceful Music Festival. This is a Free festival and will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2008 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, from 11 am - 5 pm.

Davis, CA, August 30, 2008 --( On Aug. 27, Autumn Labbé-Renault interviews Franti, a world-famous musician who grew up in Davis. Franti fronts Michael Franti & Spearhead, a band whose music is a fusion of reggae, funk, dancehall, rock, Afrobeat, hip hop and spoken word.

Since the late 90’s, Franti has also been known for his human rights work, on issues ranging from globalization to the prison-industrial complex. In 2006, he directed a documentary called “I Know I’m Not Alone,” a film highlighting his travels to Iraq, Palestine and Israel to document the human cost of war.

He also produces the annual, free Power to the Peaceful event in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The festival aims to bring people together through music and art, highlighting the similarities and celebrating the diversity of all of the world’s inhabitants. This is its 10th year; more information is available at

The interview covers Franti’s art, music and politics, and includes reminiscences of his youth in Davis. The show airs Aug. 27 at noon on KDRT. A podcast of the program is available at Podcast Alley or at

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