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Musically, his latest album - 'Everyone Deserves Music' - represents the most connected, developed work Michael Franti has ever done. He composed many of the songs from the guitar up, and, like fellow 21st century cultural globalists Manu Chao and Ozomatli, continues to synthesize his eclectic influences.
In a departure from the noise of the Beatnigs and Disposable Heroes and the minimalism of early Spearhead, Franti's affirming lyrics are now set to appropriately swelling rock chords, while keeping a 21st century world-wise groove, nodding towards reggae, dancehall, bossa nova, Afrobeat and funk.
Anthems like the title track 'Everyone Deserves Music', 'Yes I Will' and 'B...