The Hopi Indian Reservation sits atop three mesas tucked away in a remote corner of northeast Arizona. It may be one of the few places in America where religion and culture are a part of everyday life. In many ways, things have not changed much over the last thousand years. Life is simple here. The peaceful calm remains. But in the distance you can hear a new voice.
CASPER LOMAYESVA is a Hopi / Diné singer who has created a sound that combines his native roots with the positive vibes of reggae music. Casper’s music is filled with hope and power. The words are a reflection of his own philosophy on life, influenced not only by the sounds of crucial reggae music but of traditional Hopi culture.
CASPER cites his grandfather, Sankey Lomayesva as having the biggest influence on his life and his music. CASPER will tell you this is Hopi reality, "I'm just a messenger passing though life, a soldier of this generation. People need to know that oppression and poverty is a fact of life on the rez, just like any big city in America."
It was a little more than ten years ago that a “culture connection” was formed between The Hopi Nation and the island of Jamaica. In 1985 Freddie McGregor became the first Jam- aican reggae artist to ever perform on an Indian Reservation. There was a special feeling that developed between the reggae artists that came out to the reservation and the Hopi people. The message in the music was something that people on the reservation understood. As a result, Reggae lnna Hopiland was born.
The cultural connection was so powerful that it brought some of the biggest names in reggae music to a place so isolated that it is a two-hour drive just to have a pizza. Superstars such as Black Uhuru, Third World, Steel Pulse, and Burning Spear have all been here. In fact Freddie McGregor has come back five times since his initial visit because he says the Hopi people are the warmest and friendliest people he has ever performed for. For immediate release: January 1, 2010 CASPER LOMAYESVA: A TRUE NATIVE ORIGINAL
With the overwhelming success of his first and second CDs, CASPER LOMAYESVA is a man on a musical mission. This Hopi / Diné native has spent the past years traveling throughout the country per- forming his unique reggae sound and exposing the realities of life on the reservation.
His third CD, entitled “Honor the People” has been released on his own record label Third Mesa Music, and is currently being played on radio stations throughout the world... He is currently finishing up on his fourth cd project entitled “Brothers Keeper”, due out in January of 2010.
CASPER has attained a popularity that goes beyond the traditional musical boundaries. He has opened for many musical greats such as Femi Kuti, Burning Spear, and the legendary Wailers. He has performed at the Annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival twice, the 2009 American Indian Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC. in January and just recently at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the Pete Seeger birthday celebration in May
CASPER’S success lies in his unique musical vision, and it comes straight from the heart. His lyrics tell the stories of reservation life. It is front-page news that’s never been heard. The music is reggae with a blend of herbs and spices from a variety of musical influences. Same tree…different branch.
“My music has a blend of conscious, traditional rhythms with a reggae flare,” says Casper. “The music has always been a way for me to comm- unicate my struggles and accomplishments with others.” The Beat magazine describes it as, “somewhat reminiscent of Pablo Moses” (one of the legends in reggae music). The New York Times featured Casper in a front page article, citing his music and lyrics as trans- cending cultural and musical boundaries.
Check him out for yourself. CASPER is the real thing. And it’s refreshing, in this time of corporate commercialized music, to catch the vibes of something unique flowing through the land.