SOJA Brings Their Music Arsenal To Sea.Hear.Now The Tight Knit Band Is A Diverse Musical Force
ASBURY PARK, NJ-
“… I’m not so sure it would be fair to call SOJA just a reggae band. Not that this is a bad thing, it just doesn’t tell the whole story. Combining elements of rap, Motown, reggae and funk with a political and social twist, SOJA attempts to (and successfully) deliver music that’s different, life-changing and important. Armed with a musical arsenal including Jacob Hemphill on vocals and guitar, Bob Lee on bass, Pat Oshea on keys, Ryan Berty on drums, Kenny Bongos on percussions, Hellman Escorcia on sax, Rafael Rodriguez on trumpet and Trevor Young on guitar, SOJA is a diverse musical force.
SOJA has been together for twenty years. Originally formed by a bunch of grade school kids, this band is extremely tight as you would imagine. Watching this band, you get the feeling that they really like what they do together. Hemphill’s vocals and guitar work, Bob Lee’s bass lines and Escocia and Rodriguez each taking numerous solo runs on the brass creating complex layers of sonics.
SOJA plays intricate music but maintains a level of improvisation which contributes well to their live show, and an overall organic experience. Despite the large crowd SOJA’s set felt very intimate and powerful with the crowd truly enjoying the experience …”
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