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i believe

SOJA’s video “I Believe” featuring Michael Franti and Nako just premiered on VH1. ¬†There isn’t a lot to it, but humans and Earth. ¬†(Listen to the lyrics. ¬†Heavy, right?) ¬†These humans are good humans and, boy, did I need this. ¬†Maybe we all need this.

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence. ¬†As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons‚Ķ”¬†Desiderata, Max Ehrmann


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sorry tbt

…Definitely not sorry. ¬†Although it’s nearly impossible to nail down one, this may be my favorite SOJA song. ¬†The words, the percussion, the energy they give off when it’s played live…jamcity, baby.


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Tuesday Mix

We always love SOJA’s remixes. ¬†Mentality¬†was a fav and now they just released a remix of “Tell Me” featuring Richie Campbell. Listen¬†here.¬†c.¬†

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when SOJA was younger

In a culture obsessed with what we think is “reality” television, it’s becoming difficult to find the truth in people, particularly those who live in the limelight. ¬†We beg to know the secrets behind how “successful” people have gotten their success, when the majority of these people live in a facade of limelight. ¬†In other words, they haven’t worked for the money they have. ¬†It’s the money that we think is a product of success.

Clearly this is a heavy issue that, coincidentally, is often addressed in the songs written by the Washington D.C. natives of SOJA. ¬†These reggae musicians sing about global issues, question the ways of humanity, and promote better–simpler–happier–ways of living, all to an island-esque rhythm.

c, a, and I can’t say enough positive things about SOJA, especially the night after we see them live. ¬†It’s apparent that they are down to earth guys who have an unbreakable bond that they use to connect further through music. ¬†Together, they are a breath of fresh air. ¬†In their latest video for “When We Were Younger,” off of the Strength to Survive¬†album, we learn that they have reached an ideal success: happiness. ¬†Perhaps they have avoided the limelight and instead, while the light shines down on them on stage, they remain true to their roots: their music and each other.

Take a look at the video–it’s pretty adorable to see the little dreadheads when they were younger.



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If you don’t follow Jacob Hemphill, SOJA front man, on Instagram well you are TOTALLY missing out. He has released some lyrics that he is working on from his new album which is a complete tease for all of us SOJA fans, but honestly anything that Jacob does is alright with me. The new album is supposed to be released early next year, but, I mean who is completely and utterly excited for that? ¬†He recently was interviewed on one of DC’s major radio stations.¬†Take a listen.¬†Who knew that he wanted to be a cartoon artist when he grew up? Or who inspired Jacob? What is his favorite show he has ever played? If you are a SOJA fan you will enjoy listening to this interview.¬†c.¬†



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strength to survive

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Friday, May 17th SOJA hit NYC’s Webster Hall and filled the room with good music, happy ears, dancing feet, and smiling faces. ¬†I ¬†sound like a smitten 5 year old girl, but for as many of their shows as I have been to, I always leave better, happier, lighter, than I did when I got there. ¬†Is it just me? ¬†There have got to be a few more soldiers out there with me…

Anyway, because I missed Los Rakas open the night, I waltzed into the room to Nahko Bear’s party. ¬†Medicine for the People is a special band in that they sound better than they do recorded or on any YouTube video. ¬†For instance, “Risk It” is a serious burst of energy in the form of a song. ¬†This band need to make their way on to your iPod because they, too, will give you good music, happy ears, dancing feet, and a smiling face.


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