|Food for the Masses: Lyrics & Portraits|
MICHAEL FRANTI was born on April 21, 1966 in Oakland and has become world-famous as a musician, filmmaker, poet, and human rights worker. In 1986, he formed the Beatnigs, whose black industrial sound deconstructed punk, rock, and Reaganism.
By 1992, Franti and Beatnigs member Rono Tse became the Disposable Heroes of HipHoprisy with the multi-instrumentalist Charlie Hunter. Franti has toured with U2, the Fugees, and Dave Matthews, recorded with Sly & Robbie and William Burroughs, and become a protest music icon. His annual “Power to the Peaceful” event in San Francisco is a beacon for more than 50,000 people each year.
After his new band, Spearhead, signed with Capitol Records, their albums Home and Chocolate Supa Highway brought them international success. During Michael’s decades of recording, he has established himself as an international touring artist and advocate for the arts and social justice. Michael lives in San Francisco.