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When: Wed., Dec. 18, 8:30 p.m. 2019
Price: $14-$21
Bay area native Harrison Stafford fell deeply in love with reggae. It wasn’t just the music; it was the culture and history it came from, specifically it as a voice of poor black people in Jamaica and as an instrument of change. In 1998, he took all the knowledge he’d amassed and turned it into a Sonoma State University college course titled “The History of Reggae Music,” and taught a lot of kids that dug the reggae vibes, what the deeper politics and culture behind this music actually were. He’s also turned this quest into a band called Groundation, a reference to a Rastafarian ceremony called Grounation. Groundation is a unique California reggae project that attempts to highlight the politics and spirituality of reggae music, not just the laid-back dance grooves. Stafford has also assembled a diverse pool of musicians, some of whom are studied in jazz, dub and traditional roots reggae.
— Aaron Carnes


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