Tribal Seeds

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Tribal Seeds
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Background information
OriginSan Diego, California, United States
GenresReggae, reggae rock[1]
Years active2005-Present
LabelsTribal Seeds Music, iSeed Industries LLC
MembersSteve Jacobo
Victor Navarro
Ryan Gonzo
Luis Castillo
Danny Lopilato
Jamey "Zeb" Dekofsky
Tony-Ray Jacobo
Past membersE.N Young
Carlos Verdugo

Based in San Diego, reggae band Tribal Seeds was formed in 2005 by the Jacobo brothers, singer Steven and producer Tony-Ray. The group issued its debut album, Youth Rebellion, that same year. The album was the first of many to be released on the group's own label, including a self-titled album in 2008 plus The Harvest from 2009. The Soundwaves EP followed in 2011, while 2014's Representing cracked the Billboard 200 albums chart. The album featured guest appearances from Don Carlos, Mykal Rose, and Midnite's Vaughn Benjamin.


From San Diego, California, award-winning reggae group Tribal Seeds have become known for their spiritually driven, refreshing rock vibe they have infused with the roots style of reggae music. Originally started by two brothers, Steven Rene Jacobo (lyrics, vocals, guitar) and Tony-Ray Jacobo (producer), Tribal Seeds now boasts six members, including: Victor Navarro (bass), Ryan Gonzo (guitar, vocals) & Luis Castillo (keyboards, vocals), Danny Lopilato (keyboards, vocals) & Jamey "Zeb" Dekofsky (drums).

Tribal Seeds’ debut, self-titled album "Tribal Seeds" was released in 2008 with their second album "The Harvest" following, June 2009. iTunes named both albums "Best Of" in the Reggae genre, for their respected years. Their debut album helped garner them the "Best World Music" title at the San Diego Music Awards in 2008,[2] and "The Harvest," which contained fourteen original songs, debuted at the number 5 spot on the Billboard Reggae Charts.

In 2011 Tribal Seeds gave listeners a brand new EP entitled "Soundwaves" which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Reggae Charts. The band notes that the album was inspired by their life experiences, being on tour, and their desire to inspire youth to raise their voices and seek a higher consciousness.

On May 13, 2014 Tribal Seeds released their fourth album, Representing. The new album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts (114[3] Top Billboard 200) as well as the iTunes & Amazon charts. Representing contains 12 original recordings and features: Don Carlos (musician), Mykal Rose, Kyle McDonald (Slightly Stoopid), Vaughn Benjamin (Midnite), New Kingston, the band's own, Maad T-Ray (AKA Tony-Ray) and lead guitarist Gonzo.

Tribal Seeds released an EP entitled Roots Party on December 1, 2017 which debuted at the top of the charts (number 1 on Billboard, iTunes & Amazon). The EP consists of five new tracks including; Aroma, Gunsmoke (feat Protoje), Roots Party, Empress and Rude Girl, along with 3 dub tracks. (The European version of Roots Party was released on June 6, 2018. It includes five bonus tracks). The band is currently working on their full-length album scheduled to be released in 2019.

Awards and honors[edit]

Their debut album helped garner them the "Best World Music" title at the San Diego Music Awards San Diego Music Awards in 2008.

Tribal Seeds won "Artist of the Year" at the San Diego Music Awards in 2017.


  • Steven Rene Jacobo - lead vocals, guitar
  • Victor Navarro - bass
  • Ryan Gonzo - guitar, vocals
  • Luis Castillo - keyboards, vocals
  • Danny Lopilato - keyboards, vocals
  • Jamey "Zeb" Dekofsky - drums
  • Tony-Ray Jacobo - producer



Year of release Title Label
2005 Youth Rebellion (LP) Independent
2008 Tribal Seeds (LP) Independent
2009 The Harvest (LP) Independent
2011 In Your Eyes (Single) Independent
2011 Soundwaves (EP) Independent
2011 Run The Show (Single) Independent
2012 Night & Day (Single) Independent
2014 Representing (LP) Independent
2016 Surrender (Single) Independent
2017 Rude Girl (Single) Independent
2017 Roots Party (EP) Independent


  1. ^ Jeffries, David. "Tribal Seeds – Artist Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  2. ^ San Diego Music Awards, 2008 Awards.
  3. ^ AllMusic, Billboard Charts.

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