Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bambú Station

Bambú Station was founded in 1996 by the impassioned lead singer Jalani Horton. It is a Virgin Island roots reggae band, hailed by many as “bringing the glory of the roots age to modern time.” After years of performing live, Bambú Station established its own recording studio and recorded and released its first album ”Congo Moon” (High Rotation Records, 1999). From the album the popular song “Heathen Fun”, was selected for a two-CD remix compilation entitled “Walking on Pennsylvania Avenue”, a major relief effort for children with AIDS in Washington, D.C. (
In 2000, Bambú Station independently released the critically acclaimed single “Amadou Diallo” in memory of the New York slained West African immigrant. The band personally presented the single to Diallo’s parents at the 2001 Anniversary of the March on Washington.
In May 2002, Bambú Station reached global acclaim with their invigorating compilation “Bambú Station presents: Various Artists – Talkin’ Roots I” (Mt. Nebo Records). This groundbreaking album immediately charted worldwide, generating international praise from music critics and radio DJs, and was selected as “Compilation of the Year 2002” by and won several music awards.
With the release of their album “One Day” in 2003, The Beat Magazine, Reggae Reviews, Urban Ambience Journal and countless other reviewer’s dubbed Bambú Station’s “One Day” as one of the most significant albums of the modern reggae scene. By the years end, with all the attention garnered,“One Day” was selected as “Album of the Year” by both the DC Annual Reggae Awards and Creation Steppin’ Radio. Additionally, the D.C. Annual Reggae Awards selected “One Day” as “Song of the Year 2003” and Bambú Station as “Producer of the Year 2003.” Fans, writers and industry experts all continue to praise the album as “classic”, “very powerful”, and “one for the ages. “
Since its first tour in July 2004, Bambú Station's fan base has exploded beyond measure with every album and tour. Their Talkin' Roots Tour 2004 was the first ever tour of a group of Virgin Island reggae artists on the U.S. mainland. The band also released "Talkin' Roots II," headlined at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and toured the U.S. mainland solidifying their soul-stirring brand of music.
Through its Bambú Station Foundation, the band assists in fund-raising efforts, lectures, benefits, awareness campaigns and other proactive efforts to positively impact the lives of families, with a focus on children.
In November 2006, the prestigious Strathmore Music Arts Center in Bethesda, MD ( selected Bambú Station for its Artist In Residence Program, the first reggae band to be selected. The band performed to capacity audiences, conducted a workshop and debut the single “Bonded Together.” Bambú Station has since performed throughout Europe, Israel and the Caribbean and Pacific Islands. Bambú Station just released their latest album, “Children of Exodus” read more at......... 

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