Montego Bay, Jamaica (Nov. 13, 2014) – The mega-popular SOJA is confirmed to perform
at the 19th
Jazz & Blues Festival, Jan. 29—31, 2015 at the Trelawny Stadium, Falmouth, Jamaica. This performance marks the band’s first visit to Jamaica and its debut performance on the Reggae island.
“SOJA has been on our radar for years and for their first visit to Jamaica
we’re glad that it’s to be part of Jamaica Jazz & Blues”, says Festival Producer, Walter Elmore. “They are known for having die-hard fans follow them to every city they perform,” added Elmore, “and we hope some of these fans will come along with the band to experience the beauty, warmth and magic of Jamaica”.
SOJA is an 8-piece ensemble, based in Washington D.C.
that blends reggae, go-go, D.C. hardcore, Latin, rock and Hip-hop into sweet packages of music. Their latest album, Amid the Noise and Haste, entered the Billboard Top Selling Reggae Album Charts at No. 1, where it remained for six weeks. SOJA’s massive popularity earned them an appearance on the Late Show with Jay Leno and the Bob Marley Entertainer of the Year Award from the International Reggae & World Music Awards 2014. They have collaborated with Damion Marley, Michael Franti, Collie Buddz and many others.
“This will be our first time in Jamaica,”
said one of the founding members Bobby Lee. “We’ve been waiting for the right time, for real vibes.” Commenting on the band’s mission, Lee says, “We come with the message that we have to keep this world alive and take care of the planet. That is what we were put here to do.”
SOJA has sold more than 200,000 albums worldwide, headlined in more than 20 countries,
enjoys more than 3 million Facebook fans and more than 65 million You Tube views, resulting in a global cult-like following. “We played a festival in Brazil, in front of 80,000 fans,” lead singer Hemphill remembers, “and everybody was singing every word – in English! I live for that.”
SOJA’s live show is full of explosive energy, pure positive vibes,
and a message that inspires people to look inside themselves and really ask what it is they want to do with their life and how they can be happy.
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About the Festival
◾ The Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival is the Caribbean’s Premier Music Festival
and one of the most anticipated events on Jamaica’s entertainment calendar.
◾ 2015 will be
its 19th year.
◾ Featured in two (2) HBO documentary specials:
One Love-Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2011 and Where the Music is Always Alive - Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2012, which was aired to over 300 million viewers in over 23 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.
◾ The Festival welcomes over 25,000 patrons
each year, including over 6000 visitors to the island of Jamaica.
◾ The Festival is usually held the last weekend in January
and encompasses a range of music genres including Jazz, R&B, Blues, Pop, Latin, Reggae, Soca, and various types of musical fusions.
◾ Past performers include:
Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Air Supply, Norah Jones, Hall & Oates, Maroon 5, Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers, Anita Baker, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Maxi Priest, Babyface, Joss Stone, Monty Alexander, Billy Ocean, Chaka Khan, Mary J Blige, Dionne Warwick, Estelle, George Benson, Smokey Robinson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Jill Scott, Brian McKnight, Julio Iglesias, Robin Thicke, among others.
◾ 2012 – headliner was Celine Dion for her first performance
in the Caribbean and on a festival stage.