Mission Statement: To produce and disseminate music by lesser known artists who are as good or better than the stars. This company will be eclectic in terms of genres but will not indulge in music, which is purely commercial. We will produce music of high character and emphasis will be on music with strong statements either instrumentally or with lyrics. In other words: music as art, not cheap entertainment for the masses.

A message from the founder, Longineu Parsons

Tribal Disorder is about the disorder that exists within the human tribe. This disorder exists on every level of human relationship. On the macro level, there is continuous conflict between nations, cultures, religions, races and the sexes. On the micro level, family members, spouses, friends, acquaintances, members of groups, etc. seem to have great difficulty in getting along.

The mission of Tribal Disorder is to call attention to these disorders and to the need for us as a species to come together and learn to live harmoniously. The only way to achieve this end is for us to stop blaming everyone else for the ills of humanity and to realize that we are all infected with this disorder. The cure begins with us all looking inward and asking the question: “How can I be a better citizen of the human tribe (species)?”

My life as a musician has carried my to many places outside of the United States but also many different strata of life within the United States. I grew up in Jacksonville Florida where I received a healthy dose of rhythm and blues. My parents listened to jazz at home all the time and made sure I knew all about it. My early years as a professional musician took me to many of the R&B clubs in the Southeast we call the Chitlin Circuit. There I lived with the most basic elements of black music, the rhythmic and vocal qualities, which set black music apart from that of other cultures. It was during that time that I began to take an interest in African music since it became obvious to me that the music I was playing every night was actually of African origin. As I made the transition to being a jazz artist I continued my exploration of African music and its relationship to what I was doing, always considering how to relate my music to its African roots.

A few years of living in Boston and New York, I found myself living in Paris which I made home for three years. During that time I performed, recorded and arranged for groups and artists from different parts of Africa, Cuba, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and South America as well as Europe and the U.S. This period in my life furthered my commitment to a multicultural approach to my music as an expression of my life. I had the experienced first hand the universality of music as an outgrowth of the universality of being human.

After a few more years in New York, I lived on the island of Guadeloupe where I became a part of their indigenous music (gwoka and beguine), and a new musical genre called zouk, which has taken the French speaking world by storm. Awareness of the fact that Martinique, Haiti, and Guadeloupe were sister colonies of Louisiana makes clear the importance of the development of their music in relation to that of Black Americans.

Tribal Disorder is the culmination of this journey into American music and its roots. This musical formation is my expression of the universality of being human.

Neal Faison - Vice President of Tribal Records, Bio:

Early on I always knew I’d somehow be involved with this music

thing...especially when I discovered magic was involved.

The magic appeared in my Grandmother’s church through the sophisticated

Black older women who would suddenly transform when the music started.

Initially frightening, subsequent experiences made me realize the power that

music, when used with pure intentions, could have over the human species.

My musical addiction started by being a voracious listener as a child. Gospel

via my Grandmother (a Protestant Bishop), Jazz from my Dad's excellent

record collection, vocal Pop from my Mother's radio selections and from my

own devotion to Pop/R&B/Free Form Rock radio and forays into various

ethnic neighborhoods around Brooklyn, NY (Puerto Rican, Italian, Jewish,

Irish, Caribbean, etc).

One birthday I received a small transistor radio. I'd listen to it every

available moment during the day. And every evening, instead of getting the

required sleep for an adolescent, I’d have it on all night under my pillow.

While in Junior High School, determined to become a participant as well as a

listener, I convinced my Mother to get me a set of drums. I could play any

Hendrix, Cream, Doors, Rascals tune you could name and did so in a few

local bands. However it was the innovative Hendrix guitar sounds that made

me switch from drums to guitar at 17.

My eye opening experience with the realities of the record industry came

during my tenure with one of L.A.'s all Black Rock groups in the 80s (pre

Living Colour). It was there that I actually saw how the sausage is made.

Without going into detail, it was not a pretty picture. That experience made

me "fall back on" my technical background and go to work for an historic

manufacturer of recording equipment. The musician and technical life paths

have allowed me to come in contact with past, present and possibly future

icons of the music industry.

About 5 years ago the lure of music creation led me, along with a long time

friend and band mate, to create the independent music label Tribal Records.

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