We have been playing at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach for years now and it has always been one of our favorite rooms in the US to play.
So we are very proud to announce that the recording of our recent show there as part of the Coming Home North America 2014 Summer tour has just been released as part of the Belly Up Live series....get your copy today!
Only 24 days remain to raise the funds needed to release the documentary film "Holding On To Jah" on DVD and for online streaming and downloading in early 2015. The film is the story of roots Reggae music and the Rastafari Movement as told by the singer and musicians who brought it to the world. "Holding On To Jah" is 97 minutes long and features dynamic and powerful cinematography.
"Holding On To Jah was so very beautiful.The film comes forth with tremendous, respect, trust, love, and commitment to truth and transcendent spirituality. Cinematically every creative aspect shines in full effect. There are editorial passages and hallucinatory stylistic techniques that I've never seen before. I watched it, fell in love with it, and delighted to a second viewing."
Jonathan Demme, Academy Award Winning Director of "Philadelphia" and "Silence Of The Lambs"
"Holding On To Jah" was produced by Groundation lead singer Harrison Stafford with film crews in Jamaica from 1999-2011. Harrison sat and interviewed legendary harmony groups like Israel Vibration, The Congos, Culture, The Abyssinians, and Count Ossie's Mystic Revelation of Rastafari and singers like Don Carlos, Sugar Minott, IJahman Levi, and Winston McAnuff.
The film's producers have put in more than $40,000 USD of their own money and now need $25,000 USD more to secure the licensing of the songs used in the film. Titles from Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Bob Marley, Joe Higgs, Toots and the Maytals, and the Skatalites (34 classic reggae recordings total). "Holding On To Jah" cannot be released legally without these publishing and master recording rights...WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Groundation will be making their yearly stop through California hitting cities like Santa Ana, Solana Beach, Santa Cruz, and San Luis Obispo as well as rare stops through Las Vegas, Madison, Champaign, St. Louis, and Chicago; also a special appearance at this year's Shangri-la Festival. Check out this short video from singer Harrison Stafford announcing the shows and sharing a message about Reggae music and the mission to unite the world.
With "A Miracle" set to be released in October, we are announcing a full European tour to celebrate the release of the new album. Planned stops include France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, UK, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg---full listing, with ticket information, can be found at the Tour Dates page.
As a special contest for the tour, we are inviting our fans who play their own music all over the world to enter and win a chance to open for Groundation at the world famous Melkweg in Amsterdam on October 28. Check the image below for more details and enter your cover of a Groundation song for a chance to join us on stage!
After 15 years of production director Roger Hall and producer Harrison Stafford (Groundation) are fundraising to finally release their monumental documentary on the history of Jamaica, reggae music, and the Rastafari movement told by the singers and musicians who brought it to the world. "Holding On To Jah" features legends like Ras Michael, Israel Vibration, the Abyssinians, Culture, URoy, IJahman, Pablo Moses, Sugar Minott, the Congos, Winston McAnuff, etc. telling their story of how a poor, third world Nation brought the world a new spiritual movement who's gospel was written in the music.
The campaign is to raise $25,000 to cover licensing costs. There are 34 songs featured in the film and they are a crucial part of the story; songs from Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Joe Higgs, Israel Vibration, the Abyssinians, etc. Each song requires two rights, the publishing synch rights to put the music to a video, and the master recording rights to use the song off the record. These costs could be upward of $1,000 to contract and you cannot legal make money from a film until these rights are secured.
PLEASE HELP FUND THIS HISTORIC FILM "HOLDING ON TO JAH" (97min - documentary)