Who is Groundation?
Groundation is an American roots reggae band with jazz and dub influences, from Sonoma County in Northern California. It is named for Rastafarian ceremony of Grounation.
Where is the band Groundation from?
Who invented groundation?
Groundation was founded at the Jazz program of California’s Sonoma State University in the fall of 1998 by Harrison Stafford (guitar/lead vocals), Ryan Newman (bass) and Marcus Urani (b3 organ/keys/piano). It was at university that the core of the group honed their musicianship as well as their worldly outlook.
What happened groundation?
After a year three year break, Groundation will be back in 2018 with a new album, live concerts and a major band change! Lead singer Harrison Stafford plus eight new band members are the new generation of Groundation. The fact, that Stafford is the only remaining founding member, left many fans in a shock.
Why did groundation break up?
“To be honest, we had a parting of the ways between band members,” Stafford said. “There was no way to go forward. It was time to start fresh. One of the reasons for the breakup was that our drummer needed to retire from touring and return to his family.”
Where did the band Groundation get their name?
Between 1999 and 2001, Harrison Stafford taught the first course on the History of Reggae Music at the University. In 1999, Stafford teamed up with Kris Dilbeck to found Young Tree Records and release Groundation’s debut album Young Tree. “Groundation” comes from the Rasta term “Grounation”.
What kind of music does Groundation play?
The nine-piece band creates an altogether new reggae sound, featuring swirling, jazz/funk inspired horns, stout Latin and African based poly-rhythmics, and soulful harmony vocals. Their concerts utilize live improvisation, in classic jazz fashion, and are renowned for their high energy, communion-type atmosphere.
Who are the current Chorus vocalists for Groundation?
They are current chorus vocalists for Groundation. The nine-piece band creates an altogether new reggae sound, featuring swirling, jazz/funk inspired horns, stout Latin and African based poly-rhythmics, and soulful harmony vocals.
What does Groundation mean in Rastafarian religion?
“Groundation” comes from the Rasta term “Grounation”. Grounation Day is an important Rastafarian holy day celebrated April 21, which commemorates Haile Selassie’s first visit to Jamaica in 1966.