11/03 - Soul Majestic "Setting The Tone"

Soul Majestic’s self-titled debut album, released in 2002, was followed up in 2004 with a full band exodus to the birthplace of reggae, the island of Jamaica, to record their second album, “Until That Day”, at Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Studio in Kingston, enlisting some of their heroes like Sly and Robbie and Anthony B. In July of 2009, they released their third album “Better World” featuring collaborations with Sly and Robbie, Tony Moses and Trinidad’s Queen Omega. Better World was placed in rotation on reggae radio programs worldwide, playing on radio as far off as the Philippines, Portugal, and Europe, and was listed on the Top 10 international reggae albums of 2009 by Galaxy radio in Canada. Since then, the band has released singles “Medical Condition [215]” and “Stay With Me”.

They are said to be one of North America's most powerful and promising reggae acts in years. The diversity in their range of fans demonstrates their ability to move the most hard-core reggae enthusiasts as well as a wider, more universal audience, and keep them dancing from start to finish. Influenced by old school studio one style, conscious roots, dub, and cultural dance hall, the band takes what they have learned from their reggae heroes and funnels it into a unique sound all their own.
Soul Majestic achieves this authenticity with their talented combination of players featuring bass and drums, keyboard/organ, lead and rhythm guitar, three horns, percussion, melodica, and Nyahbingi drums. With charismatic vocalist Eric-I as the band's lead singer and primary songwriter, the band keeps things fresh by featuring Soul Majestic's other vocal talents as well. They incorporate a strong female presence with Oriana Sanders on leads for a handful of tunes, and a dancehall edge with percussionist Brian Jarvis stepping up as DJ. Lush harmonies from the band's two soul sisters, tight rhythm section, and energetic drum and bass vibes lend the perfect backdrop to this dynamic vocal blend. With emphasis on the music's power to convey a message, Soul Majestic's lyrics present a clear understanding of the human condition and address pertinent political issues.
They have played at several prominent reggae and world music festivals including the 2002 Monterey Bay Reggae Festival, the 2003 Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, the 2003 Earthdance Festival, Bob Marley Day 2004 , and most recently Reggae on the River Festival 2004. In March and April of 2004 the band recorded their much-anticipated sophomore album "Until That Day" in Jamaica at the infamous Tuff Gong Studio, run by Bob Marley's family. They had the honor of working with legendary artists/producers Sly and Robbie, as well as vocal artist Anthony B, and percussion veterans Sticky Thompson and Bongo Herman.
This is their brand new album 2014, watch out for the songs like "Chasing the Sun", "Long Road" and "No Worries", to be aired soon at Reggae Portugal Radio Show.
Solid Set.

Source: www.soulmajestic.com