From the Mocking Shadows to a Sunny Soul Jam: Jori Kinjo walks the bassline

Jori Kinjo and I, eatin’ Timbits and coffee. It doesn’t Sound that poetic, but so much really good music is about the joys present in day-to-day life . . . I mean, Timbits! And Ska! And a bass guitar played from within the rhythm.

“Time Bomb was just a 5 or 6 song EP that I recorded at OCL, a studio that’s just east of Calgary in Langdon: it’s one of the only ones that are left in the old style where it’s a big studio. (The recording is) about 5 years old. (However) I’m literally recording this month to have something new ready for the Reggaefest performance. (Sunny Soul Jam, … Continue Reading >From the Mocking Shadows to a Sunny Soul Jam: Jori Kinjo walks the bassline

Reggae at the Stampede? A brilliant mix in the heat of summer

Yup. Not exactly the standard fare for the ‘Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth,’ but you have to admit if there’s a music that belongs outside in the popular psyche, it’s Reggae. Does anyone even listen to reggae inside?

Except in Canada, of course. Otherwise there’d be an 8-month hiatus every year from the rasta riddim.
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Souljah Fyah’s Jammin’ The Republik

Janaya’s children keep surfacing in the room behind her while we speak. So the phone conversation ranges between the ebullient creative professional, in her 10th year of performance in the band she founded, and the teacher/mom who tells me I’m lucky my daughter has turned 16: “If she did okay through 14, you’re okay.” Unexpected emotional support before we dig into the history of Soujah Fyah.

“Our first show would have been in 2002; I started the band in 2001, so we passed our 10th anniversary in April! We’re very … Continue Reading >Souljah Fyah’s Jammin’ The Republik