Guidance & Protection
Sankofa Blackstar Musik
July 30, 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
"Guidance & Protection" is the debut album of Mateo Monk, a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter who has been composing and performing music now for 12 years. Mateo was born in Monterey CA, but moved to the Virginian suburbs of Washington DC where he remained until graduating high school. The majority of the years following high school was spent traveling, soul searching and performing. He stayed over one year in Mexico, which was a source of great inspiration for Mateo. A large portion of his music was written during this period and during visits since. When he returned to the United States he soon went to Boulder CO. He remained in Colorado for the next five years and continued to persevere in cultivating his musical vision. Mateo writes about 50% reggae music and 50% soul music, but prefers not to mix the two in performance nor in recording.