We've got 'acres of diamonds' right in our Orlando backyard! The Forefathers are,
in a word, awesome! The Forefathers' "Manataka" cd has become a gift for me. In the
long hours of laying out this magazine, I play Manataka and can't help but remark
to myself how superb and richly textured this album is. Its global essence is obvious
and will stir your soul...The chemistry shows up in a full-bodied, different kind
of sound that's mature, but hip. I played a couple selections for a large group of
people and they were all on their feet in no time...What a beautiful tribute this
album is to the Place of Peace. Manataka resurrects the vision and the incredible
zeal our hearts all hold for peace all over the world...I can't wait to meet up with
these four guys in person to hear the Forefathers live! Someday we'll be saying,
"We know them when!"
- Pursusha K. Radha, Velocity Magazine,
May/June 2008 Issue
""(5 stars out of 5) ~
The Forefathers is a band that is hard to put in a particular category - the closest
I can think of would be world music. To help put into perspective, the liner notes
refer to the album's title, Manataka, as a mystical and sacred ground where Native
peoples would pilgrimage to celebrate peace. This 12-song CD is a pleasure to listen
to. It's all instrumental and very percussive with instruments like flute, penny
whistle, mandolin, and lots of chants throughout. Manataka is a vast array of professional
musicianship and belongs in any world music fan's collection."
- Sara Wilsey, Connections Magazine,
"Love the new album."
- John Diliberto, Host of "Echoes" on National Public Radio,
"If you love good music (and who doesn't?) there is a new CD out by our own Dr. Rich
Marcil...Rich performs with his group "TheForefathers"...The CD has 12 brand-new
tracks that are just wonderful."