Michael Franti to blend music with yoga at Bluesfest today

Update Monday, April 6, 2015: Bluesfest organisers confirmed on Saturday that American singer songwriter Trevor Hall has recently been hospitalised due to a serious infection.

Although Hall is expected to recover shortly, his upcoming Australian tour, including his debut at Bluesfest, have been cancelled.

Australian singer songwriter Sahara Beck will be replacing Trevor for his Bluesfest performance at 6pm today at the Crossroads stage

The show is part of Michael Franti's mini-festival Soulshine. 

Michael Franti
Michael Franti

Original story: SOULSHINE is Michael Franti's latest music project.

It combines his long-term passion for yoga, collaborating and jamming with fellow musicians, and live performances.

Bluesfest 2015 punters will have access to a one-off mass yoga session for one hour by Duncan Peak, pioneer of contemporary yoga and founder of Power Living Australia Yoga, a passionate yogi, philosopher, author and surfer.

The event will be a fun experience and not a formal yoga class, Franti explains.

"Soulshine is a very playful yoga experience for all levels, even beginners, with a singing and dancing jam," he says.

Franti explained that Soulshine started the yoga class, with an acoustic music background played by him and his guitar player Jay Bowman.

"People who want to try yoga for the first time can come out and give it a go, but if you just want to listen to some acoustic music that's fine too."

Franti is a big yoga enthusiast.

"I've been practising yoga for the last 13 years now, and it has helped me in every aspect of my life," he says.

"As the years go by and with the touring, my body takes a toll and holding a guitar is a very awkward way to stand, so yoga has helped me to be in better shape but also helped me to be more focused and more aware of complex situations in my life."

After the class Franti, Trevor Hall and Soja play a full set each.

Hall is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist.

His music is a mix of reggae, acoustic rock and Sanskrit chanting.

Soja is an American reggae and dub band.

"We did the Soulshine Tour in America for the first time (last) year and it I'm very happy about the fact that Trevor Hall and Soja are also joining us in Australia," Franti says.

Michael Franti Soulshine: Published on 19 Nov 2014. The 2014 Soulshine Tour was an incredible experience for all of us! We've put together an after movie of amazing moments from the tour. Soulshine will also becoming down to Australia this spring to Melbourne on April 2nd, Sydney on April 5th, Byron Bay Bluesfest on April 6th. Check out all of our tourdates at https://www.michaelfranti.com/tourdates. Music: "I Believe (feat. Michael Franti and Nahko)" by SOJA (Google Play • iTunes)

Soulshine will be part of Bluesfest 2015 and will be held on Easter Monday, April 6, at Tyagarah in Byron Bay.

For details visit http://www.bluesfest.com.au.


Singer Michael Franti and his fiancée Sara Agah launched the Do It For The Love Foundation in Australia.
Singer Michael Franti and his fiancée Sara Agah launched the Do It For The Love Foundation in Australia. CONTRIBUTED


Granting wishes

AMERICAN singer- songwriter Michael Franti is spreading "hope, healing and love through music".

Besides the new album he's working on and touring his Soulshine festival, he has also launched the Do It For The Love Foundation in Australia.

 The global not-for-profit wish-granting foundation allows people who suffer life-threatening illnesses to attend a live concert and meet their music stars.

"We find people in advanced stages of life-threatening illnesses, children with severe child abuse and wounded veterans to (send to) live concerts," Franti says.

"Through the healing power of music, our goal is to inspire joy, hope and lasting celebratory memories in the face of severe illness or trauma," adds Franti's fiancée, Sara Agah.

It started after the couple met a fan with motor neuron disease.

That was the start of the Do It For The Love Foundation, which has allowed more than 250 families to attend concerts in America. Franti encourages Australians to support the foundation.

"You can volunteer, host a local fundraiser spread the work and word of the foundation on Facebook and donate online."