Tag Archives: Samoa

Feel Good Samoan Reggae

J Boog – Wash House Ting

J Boog – Wash House Ting (Wash House, 2016)

J Boog is part of the American reggae scene where feel good reggae is interweaved with soul/R&B influences and pop.

Wash House Ting features several guests, including two iconic reggae artists, Buju Banton and Gramps Morgan.

J Boog’s given name is Jerry Afemata. His family is of Samoan origin although he grew up in California listening to reggae. He later traveled to Jamaica to immerse himself in the island’s culture.

Wash House Ting is effectively crafted reggae with an instant crossover appeal.

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Traditional and Modern Sounds from the Pacific

Various Artists - Discover Music from the Pacific with ARC Music (Arc Music, 2016)
Various Artists – Discover Music from the Pacific with ARC Music (Arc Music, 2016)

Discover Music from the Pacific with ARC Music gives the listener an opportunity to learn more about the music from the various islands of the Pacific Ocean. The compilation combines field recordings by David Fanshawe, including recordings of surf and other natural sounds as well as traditional music chants; along with contemporary studio recordings.

The best known act on the album is Te Vaka, an excellent band representing Tokelau and other Pacific Islands. They have traveled throughout the world, showcasing their mix of pop, folk and spectacular island percussion numbers.

Another familiar name is Hawaii’s Harry Kalapana, who plays the twangy traditional slack key guitar.

Islands represented include Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Hawaii, Tahiti, the Marquesas Islands, and Easter Island.

The CD booklet provides additional details about each track and the islands.

Discover Music from the Pacific is a likeable exploration of the vocal and percussion styles in the Pacific Ocean island communities.

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