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@SOJALive Speaks For The People

frontman Jacob Hemphill talks with Pollstar about the power of music, songwriting and the state of pop music in the new millennium.

Formed in 1997, SOJA has built a reputation as a band that stands up for people, a characterization Hemphill firmly stands behind.

“I want to speak for people who don’t have microphones,” Hemphill said when announcing the band’s participation in this summer’s yoga-infused Soulshine Music & YogaTour with Michael Franti & Spearhead, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall. “Our goal as a band is to stick up for the human race. We see the world and we try to make it better in the limited time we have here.”

Hemphill has plenty of chances to get his message to the people this year. After the Soulshine Tour concludes, SOJA will head to Europe for a series of headlining gigs.

The band has new music for its fans. SOJA’s new album, Amid The Noise And Haste, lands Aug. 12 on ATO Records. Helmed by multiple Grammy-winning producer Supa Dups (Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, John Legend), the long player includes guest appearances by Franti, Damian Marley and Collie Buddz. You can preorder the album via this link.

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Chronixx brings fresh vibe to SummerStage

n a high following an outstanding set at Reggae Sumfest and appearance on Tonight With Jimmy Fallon, reggae singer Chronixx takes his act to SummerStage in New York Saturday.

The free concert has been held at Central Park since 1986 and has featured top reggae acts such as the Marleys, Israel Vibration, Inner Circle and Steel Pulse.

This year, Chronixx shares the bill with veteran singer Junior Reid who previously appeared at SummerStage in 2007.

After years of showcasing acts from the 1980s and 1990s, promoters decided on a change of pace for 2014.

“As presenters, we all wanted to use the event to help bring mainstream light to what is happening in reggae right now,” said Jesse Serwer, editor of, one of the co-promoters.

He added: “It’s been about a decade since there has been any real, sustained mainstream exposure in the US for a new or current reggae artiste. When we started planning this event last year, Chronixx was emerging as the artiste set to make that breakthrough.”

The Okayplayer website (founded by Questlove, drummer of The Roots) and the Federation Sound (sound system) are the other promoters of SummerStage 2014.

The Roots are the official band for ‘Tonight’ which Chronixx played on Tuesday.

SummerStage takes place at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park.

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