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Building an Ark

Groundation

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Founded in 1998, Northern California's Groundation crew has a lengthy and impressive track record, captivating listeners with its classic-minded roots reggae sound, positive lyricism, and stellar musicianship. Building an Ark is its 10th full-length (including 2008's O.G. spinoff project Rockamovya), and it finds the nine-piece group sounding great as always. Frontman Harrison Stafford's Marley-esque vocals take center stage, though the supremely funky instrumentation (trumpet, trombone, B3 organ, guitar, bass, drums, and percussion) is equally impressive throughout. Relatively short at just 10 songs, it remains an instantly likeable listen, clearly influenced by past legends but also pushing the music in new directions. Standouts include the trippy "Payaka Way," the playful jam "Merry-Go-Round," and the woozy 'bone-infused "Daniel." Already a longtime favorite in the international reggae scene as it tours around the world, Groundation has everything it takes to make even casual fans take notice.

Customer Reviews

what happened????

Omg…I hate to bag on these guys because I LOVE them, and have been loving them for ages. This is the worst I have ever heard from them. It is phonically weird like there was a loss of chemistry in the band or something. I can not put my finger on it, but it doesn't work. It isn't fun. No irie vibe. It is flat and spacey with some odd vocal histrionics. I am putting Gathering of Elders back on…sorry guys, but I will wait for the one after this.

Awesome !

Groundation another great album !!

Groundation

This album is groovin the whole way through.

Biography

Formed: 1998

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Northern California-based reggae group Groundation were formed by guitarist/singer/lyricist Harrison Stafford, keyboardist Marcus Urani, and bassist Ryan Newman in 1998. The rest of the band personnel has fluctuated. As of 2009, it included a horn section consisting of David "Diesel" Chachere (trumpet), Kelsey Howard (trombone), and Dr. Jason Robinson (saxophone), as well as percussionist Mingo Lewis, Jr. and singers Kim Pommell and Stephanie Wallace. The group's newest member was drummer Te Kanawa...
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