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ALIEN LOVE CHILD 2009..dance remix version by Freddy Freeman (http://www.freddyfreeman.com)
From 1997-2005, Roger Anthony Mapes…
(http://www.rogeranthonymapes.com and here on Last.Fm: http://www.last.fm/music/Roger+Anthony+Mapes)
…performed as YOLANDA singer/songwriter/gender warrior with his/her band "Yolanda and the Plastic Family". Roger created the character "Yolanda", wrote the lyrics, co-wrote the music with Adam Wood,Jess Jurkovic,Robert Urban, and created the costumes, toured the US and recorded with his/her band.
Some YOLANDA highlights include a feature on The Dave Chapelle Show, performing with Hedda Lettuce as "The Dixie Chicks With Dicks",working with Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wash, and the late Dean Johnson
YOLANDA was born in Burlington,VT as Roger was working on his MFA in performance art and living with the Radical Faeries. YOLANDA's popularity in Vermont led to Roger's move to NYC.
YOLANDA's NYC venues included CBGB's, The Cutting Room, Webster Hall, The Pyramid, The Limelight, and Wigstock. From 1997-1999 Yolanda's music garnered very good critical attention especially from Larry Flick of Billboard Magazine. Flick called him the "…best unsigned artist of 1999".

YOLANDA's band The Plastic Family originated in Vermont during his collaboration with a jazz fusion trio called Dig Three-led by keyboardist Adam Wood. The original band was:
YOLANDA -lead vocals and songwriter
Martha Seyler-backing vocals
Adam Wood-keyboard
Jon Ackland-bass
Eric Rorbach-drums
Tom Henglesburg-guitar

The NYC version of The Plastic Family was:

YOLANDA -lead vocals and songwriter
Martha Seyler-backing vocals
Jess Jurkovic-keyboards
Dan Freeman-bass
Dave Berger-drums
Robin Burdulis-percussion

The NYC Rock and Roll version (as opposed to the jazz-fusion version) of The Plastic Family was:

YOLANDA -lead vocals and songwriter
Robert Urban -guitar
Toshio Mana-bass
Anthony Molino-drums

For more information on YOLANDA go to: www.yolanda.net

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