Stingray Vibes: Reggae

October 20, 2016


Thursday, October 20 is all about the Stingray Reggae Vibe at Stingray DJAZZ! The night starts at 21:00 CEST with reggae band Groundation, followed by the Jamaican reggae singer Jimmy Cliff at 22:05 CEST!

In August 2015, Stingray Music introduced a new feature: Vibes Channels, a new feature of the Stingray Music mobile app. Whatever music you like, no matter how you are feeling or what you are doing, with 2,000 Vibe channels and close to 100 genres and a wide selection of filters, you will always find the music you want to listen to! On Thursday, October 20, will bring you in a Caribbean mood: two performances by reggae band Groundation and singer Jimmy Cliff will transport you right to Jamaica!

Thursday, October 20 at 21:00 CEST: Groundation – A Miracle

Bursting forth from their underground status, ‘Groundation’ has taken the music world by storm. Capturing the essence and drive of true roots reggae, this internationally renowned band takes the art form to new heights by blending elements of jazz, funk, salsa, fusion, and transcendental dub in a progressive amalgam of sound, especially when they play their own music live. Harrison Stafford, the front man and founder of the band, is an incredibly talented guitarist as well as a singer, and he holds the 9 piece band together really well. ‘Groundation’ began in 1998 on the campus of Sonoma State University's Jazz Program. 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’. The name ‘Groundation’ comes from the Rasta term ‘Grounation’.

Thursday, October 20 at 22:05 CEST: Guitar Center Sessions – Jimmy Cliff

This episode of ‘Guitar Center Sessions’ shows a versatile performance of the Jamaican reggae singer and songwriter Jimmy Cliff, born as James Chambers. Cliff began recording as a teenager, soon after he moved from the Jamaican countryside to the capital Kingston. Cliff had his first big hit with his own composition ‘Hurricane Hattie’, a pop song with ska influences. After relocating to London, Cliff broadened his musical approach to incorporate soul and rhythm and blues as he moved in the direction of reggae. In the sixties, Cliff was a favourite in South America. Although his success in Jamaica, Britain, and the United States was soon eclipsed by the rise of Bob Marley, Cliff remained extremely popular in Africa and South-America. He renewed his popularity in 1993 with the pop-reggae cover hit ‘ I Can See Clearly Now’. His other recordings include the Grammy Award-winning albums ‘Cliff Hanger’ (1985) and ‘Rebirth’ (2012). Jimmy Cliff was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.