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SOJA, The V-Tones 

When: Tue., Feb. 16 2010
Price: $15 (adv.)
www.sojamusic.com
When looking for reggae music within the mainstream that even comes close to the quality of the legendary Bob Marley, it can be tough to find. Reggae contains questions on life, humanity, and conflict. Soldiers of the Jah Army, better known as SOJA, come really close to meeting that criteria. Comprised of Jacob Hemphill (vocals, guitar), Bobby Lee (vocals, bass), Ryan Berty (drums), Patrick O’Shea (keys), and Kenny Bongos (percussion), the band’s a close-knit bunch with an ever-evolving sound, which mixes a little bit of Latin flavor and ska. They even cross bits of pop and rock on the song “You and Me.” SOJA’s latest album, Born in Babylon, endorses the Rasta view, lending itself to a spiritual theme and talking about personal responsibility. As for the general view of the band’s lyrics, you could say that Hemphill is more of a romantic than an idealist. —Christina Janke

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