SOJA play Boulder's Fox Theatre
I never would've thought I'd hear about a reggae group coming out of the D.C. area, but I suppose if Bad Brains can do it then SOJA have a good chance at seeing the same success Bad Brains did. SOJA, Soldiers Of Jah Army, formed around '97, but I personally didn't hear of them until their song 'You Don't Know Me' Level 1 Productions' ski flick, REALTIME. Since then I've been a fan of the group and have had the pleasure of seeing them perform live twice now. They're currently touring in support of their new album, Born In Babylon, and recently they just played in Boulder, CO at concert powerhouse Fox Theatre. Their live shows are really what make them stand out to me, and apparently the rest of the sold out crowd who got to see them do what they do best. Check the photo gallery to see what you missed,
D.C. band comes to the Fox
Soldiers of Jah Army, commonly known as SOJA, is a reggae band out of Washington D.C. famous for their powerful live performances.
The band has been together for 12 years, and in that time has grown from a local phenomenon to having huge followings internationally. SOJA’s latest album, “Born in Babylon,” was released Aug. 25.
SOJA consists of Kenneth Brownell (percussion), Bobby Lee (bass/vocals) and Jacob Hemphill (guitar/vocals), Patrick O’Shea (keys), and Ryan Berty (drums).
SOJA creates intricate music but maintains a level of improvisation on stage, making their live shows so powerful. The band has been together for the last twelve years.
SOJA - A new Brand of Reggae
May 8, 2009 Denver, Co
SOJA’s music and energetic stage shows speaks for itself. Brimming with well founded confidence, and backing it with a set filled with infectious energy, SOJA provided a glimpse into their promising future, and gave credence to their current success, as they both promoted their pending release, “Born in Babylon,” and supported their 2008 release “Stars and Stripes” at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver this past weekend.
Although the majority of SOJA inspiration comes from the offbeat of Reggae, inflections of rock, funk and hip hop also combine to create a dynamic sound which has become all their own. Dancing around various styles while keeping true to their reggae roots, SOJA continues to give evidence to the critical acclaim that has followed them the past few years.
“I rarely plan the show ahead of
SOJA hits the stage at DubFest 2009
Young Circle, Hollywood
Their music features an evolving message.
They have the familiar reggae feel with a dash of Latin flavor.
They have more than seven members in the band, yet they play as one entity.
SOJA, Soldiers of Jah Army, is the new face of Reggae music in America.
Based in Arlington, Va., SOJA has music that combines reggae, rock and even Hispanic music.
Their music gave me the sense that SOJA is a reggae cousin of the
Message still matters for reggae band SOJAhttp://www.reporterherald.com/
Loveland Reporter-Herald When Jacob Hemphill was younger, he knew he would do something great with his life, along with his closest friends, of course. Hemphill has accomplished his dream as a talented vocalist and guitarist with his Washington, D.C.-based band, SOJA, which will perform Sunday, May 10, at Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins. Hemphill is living the idealized rock ’n’ roll fantasy along with longtime friends and band members Bob Jefferson, who plays bass and also sings lead vocals, percussionist Ken Brownell, drummer Ryan Berty and keyboardist Patrick O’Shea. “We’re trying to get reggae back in the mainstream, reggae how it used to be when the message mattered,” said Hemphill. With a sound reminiscent of Bob Marley meets Sublime and a bit of rock ’n’ roll to boot, SOJA
Hemphill is living the idealized rock ’n’ roll fantasy along with longtime friends and band members Bob Jefferson, who plays bass and also sings lead vocals, percussionist Ken Brownell, drummer Ryan Berty and keyboardist Patrick O’Shea.
“We’re trying to get reggae back in the mainstream, reggae how it used to be when the message mattered,” said Hemphill.
With a sound reminiscent of Bob Marley meets Sublime and a bit of rock ’n’ roll to boot, SOJA
CD Review: Born in Babylon
SOJAï¿½s Third Album Delivers Solid Work
ï¿½ Melissa Kucirek
Immediately into the first song of Born in Babylon, itï¿½s evident that the musicianship and art form from SOJA is beyond the run-of-the-mill reggae sound. SOJA takes reggaeï¿½s foundation ï¿½ of solid percussion and cadenceï¿½and transforms its sound to a collection of American-rock sounding pieces.
SOJA is a band with a strong foundation of friendship and artists; as a listener itï¿½s obvious to hear that the tightness of this band is toned and still evolving. At times lyrics on the album can be simplistic, but as in a pop song, they become