Taína Asili y la Banda Rebelde is an energetic fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae, and rock sounds, representing its diverse members whose origins are across the globe. Taína Asili’s voice exudes strength of Spirit, filling listeners with the fervor of freedom and inspiring audiences to dance to the movement of rebellion.



Graphic Design: Sun Angel Designs,  Cover Photograph: Benjamin Wong, Cover Painting: Monk.e, Interior Photography: Liz Lajeuness







“Her vocals penetrate your heart, the lyrics stir your conscience, the melodies are soothing and the rhythms are contagious.”
-Bob Goepfert – Troy Record

“A teacher, activist, community organizer, and mother, Asili has specific goals for her music and the language that it carries. It’s been only three years since she moved to Albany, but in this time she’s built a new band, possibly the region’s most diverse; penned a host of politically urgent tunes in a variety of languages; toured the country twice; and, most recently, released War Cry, a pan-global roots-musical mélange that appeals to the struggle of tradition to envision a world of social justice.”
-Josh Potter – The Metroland

“Their sound is hard to pin, drawing on jazz, reggae, hip hop, and the incendiary energy of Nuevo Cancion and throwing them into a solid folk-rock. Though the group as unit wouldn’t work if any one member were missing, front-woman Asili is undoubtedly the focus, bringing a proud defiance to her work. Equal parts Lauryn Hill, Ani DiFranco and Lila Downs, the group’s songs embodied the kind of power that only ordinary people have when they are able to raise their voices.” -Alexander Billet – Fabulous Feminist Blog

“Taina’s voice speaks from a place of soul and struggle. Listen closely with your heart and hear with your spirit; it sounds like rebellion and feels like revolution. She embodies militant machetero medusa mama movement of jah people; and when she screams, Borinquen is free at last.”
- Not4Prophet – Ricanstruction

“Taina Asili’s work is nothing short of dynamite. Asili is a siren whose important messagesĘ gracefully demand you to beĘ aware and conscious of the world we live in. Her spoken word repertoire covers a range of expressing the journey of birthing a child and the necessity of revolution and social change. If you know what’s good for you, do not sleep on this powerful artists!”
- Misia Denea – Nzinga Arts Collective

“Galvanizing. Your grasp on history and current events are so intricately interwoven that your writing serves as a catalyst for healing and progressive political/social action. Motivational. Illuminating. Grounding. Your clarity of purpose and language anchors us to the beauty and horror that swirls within this world. You’re here to make sure we don’t continue to stumble blindly about hell bent on self destruction. You rip off the mask of illusion and tell the truth about a system designed to keep us confused and ineffectual. You are amazingly talented and I am always inspired when I witness your gifts. be safe.”
- Davina Stewart – Performance Artist

“The first time I saw Taina perform, I was moved by how forceful her voice was-how her calls and chants could fill the entire room. It was clear she had trained as a vocalist and had equal knowledge of the politics she included in her work. Then I was thrilled to see that she had copies of books of her poetry that she had made herself. Every young girl writer, in particular girl of color writer, should see someone like Taina do her art-political work. She’s a tremendous example of how we can combine our art with our political passions, and that we can do this work together well.”
- Cassendre Xavier – Singer/Songwriter

“Taina brings the struggles, their drum beats and fists raised, to her work, safeguarding respect for those who have come and for those who are about to come. Her voice-tinged with anger, sadness, and hope- undulates like the waves crashing against the lands for which she fights.”
- Gina Renzi – Director of Foundation Arts

And We Walk // Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde - Fruit of Hope
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