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SOJA’s Reggae Performance Highlights a Message of Unity

Our guests today are the 8 piece American reggae band SOJA. Their name is an acronym for Soldiers of Jah Army which was the name the high school friends chose when they formed the band in the late 90’s in Arlington, Virginia. SOJA released their first album of positive reggae in 2002 and has just released a new one, their second for ATO Records, called Amid The Noise and Haste. Leader Jacob Hemphil writes the lyrics with an eye toward how to frame the world’s problems as a path to unity. Our session today features the band in their element: on stage, in front of a large crowd, at World Cafe Live. We will also talk with the charismatic Hemphill.

Session Setlist
Tear It Down
I Believe
Promises And Pills

Recent Release: Amid The Noise And Haste
Release Date: August 12, 2014
Label: ATO Records