SOJA links up with Luciano, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica and more for strong roots album:

DMV Music and Zojak World Wide are pleased to make SOJA’s innovative roots reggae album, Syr Mahber, available to the world. A truly international roots reggae effort, Syr Mahber – Amharic for “roots association” is crafted with the same musical and conscious heights SOJA has earned over the past years while touring and playing to loving fans internationally. Each artist was hand picked by SOJA to form a musical family tree with roots in "Be Aware" and "Faith Works." Syr Mahber stands out with featured songs from established reggae stars from the Caribbean such as Tony Rebel, Luciano, Queen Ifrica and President Brown from Jamaica and Ras Attitude and Batch from St. Croix as well as artists from Ethiopia, Puerto Rico and United States. The cooperative effort produces excellent results over 16 solid tracks of conscious roots reggae music with quality instrumentation and arrangements. Syr Mahber will be featured on Itunes and fine e-tailers everywhere May 12.


SOJA opens the album with two tracks demonstrating why the group is known for their attention to songwriting and musicianship. SOJA’s Bobby Lee pulls no punches attacking every day sufferation on “Be Aware” and then returns with the inspirational “Faith Works”. What follows is a riddim driven experience made all the more unique with SOJA’s tight production. Luciano maintains the inspirational vibe with “Hold On”, President Brown gets serious about looking to Selassie “for the light and truth” on “Trod Again” while SOJA rips a funky bass driven groove and Queen Ifrica gives an outstanding effort on “I Rise” alongside SOJA’s rock and roll overdubs. Syr Mahber also features St. Croix’s Ras Attitude who represents for the new generation of conscious deejays hailing from V.I. Ras Attitude’s hot lyrical flow on “Face Off” is tempered only by “Rest Of My Life”, a carefully crafted song of solidarity sung by SOJA’s own Jacob Hemphill. Sister Carol interrogates the “Decadence” of modern times while Batch, also from St. Croix, continues the foundation roots style with “Neck Tie” and Tony Rebel brims with experience and confidence on “I Know”. Fear Nuttin Band’s punk influenced edge to “Beware” adds to a range of genres included on the album. Syr Mahber closes with a selection of crucial roots music from Jah Dan (“No Way”), Junior Kelly (“Damn”), and Don Caramelo whose Puerto Rican roots mix well with SOJA on “What Do You See”. Combining authentic riddim production with live instrumentation and a selection of extraordinary artists from around globe, Syr Mahber is a must listen for fans of roots reggae and world music as well as music fans internationally!
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