Artwork – Marijah and the root sense ‘giving thanks’

MariJah & The Root Sense is a dynamic reggae dub band hailing from Belgium, poised to take listeners on an extraordinary musical journey. Their sound is characterized by deep sub-bass lines and tight, rhythmic drumming, layered with skanking riffs and spacey effects that create an immersive auditory experience. The soulful voice of lead singer MariJah adds an uplifting quality to their music, delivering conscious lyrics and groovy riddims that resonate deeply with their audience.

The band’s highly anticipated debut full-length album is set to release on May 31, 2024. Fans can look forward to enjoying the album on Spotify and other major music platforms. The band is thrilled to share their unique sound with the world and spread positive vibes through their music.

MariJah has been captivating audiences since 2021, when she began performing live shows with her band, The Root Sense. This collaboration brings together some of the finest reggae and jazz musicians from Ghent, creating a powerful and cohesive sound. The talented lineup includes Wannes Cornelis (Aardpeer) on drums, Emile Claeys (Iron Ites, Soul Wire) on bass, Wouter Rosseel (Jamaican Jazz Orchestra, ex-Pura Vida) on guitar, and Ilias Verbelen on keys. Together, they have crafted a musical experience that is both authentic and innovative.

With their upcoming album, MariJah & The Root Sense aim to reach new heights and solidify their place in the reggae dub genre. The album promises to be a celebration of their musical evolution, showcasing their growth and the unique synergy between the band members. Listeners can expect a collection of tracks that are both sonically rich and lyrically profound, reflecting the band’s dedication to their craft and their passion for reggae music.

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Artwork – Jamaican Jazz Orchestra ‘Brain Freeze’

Celebrated for their seamless fusion of Jamaican roots and jazz, the Jamaican Jazz Orchestra emerges from the same lineage as the ska pioneers, The Skatalites, propelled by the individual brilliance of its jazz virtuosos. Their music serves as a canvas for the musicians to display their prowess. Returning with a new single from the fresh EP, the Belgian Jamaican Jazz Orchestra maintains their authentic essence while infusing a vintage, earthy ambiance into their sound.

Guided by the innovative compositions of guitarist Wouter Rosseel (known for his work with Pura Vida, Lee Scratch Perry, and The Congos), the Orchestra’s latest single, “Brain Freeze,” draws inspiration from the rhythmic bassline of a track from the soundtrack of the film ‘Les Triplettes De Belleville’. Incorporating a delightful, jazzy horn riff, an evocative open-string guitar melody, and authentic Jamaican percussion, the song encapsulates a complete groove. Notably, it showcases an Ernest Ranglin-inspired guitar solo, adding a touch of virtuosity to the ensemble.

released May 3, 2024 on Zephyrus records
Marie-Anne Standaert – trumpet
Bruno Van Der Haegen – tenor sax
Timothé Le Maire – trombone
Ruben Verbruggen – baritone sax
Wouter ‘Wowie’ Rosseel – rhythm guitars/lead guitars/bass
Karel Cuelenaere – keys/piano
Xan Albrecht – drums/percussion

Music by Wouter ‘Wowie’ Rosseel
Recorded and mixed by Xan Albrecht
Mastered by Karel De Backer

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