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Groundation

Northern California-based reggae group Groundation were formed by guitarist/singer/lyricist Harrison Stafford, keyboardist Marcus Urani, and bassist Ryan Newman in 1998. The rest of the band personnel has fluctuated. As of 2009, it included a horn section consisting of David "Diesel" Chachere (trumpet), Kelsey Howard (trombone), and Dr. Jason Robinson (saxophone), as well as percussionist Mingo Lewis, Jr. and singers Kim Pommell and Stephanie Wallace. The group's newest member was drummer Te Kanawa Haereiti. Groundation self-released their debut album, Young Tree, on their own Young Tree label in 1999. Each One Teach One followed on July 31, 2001. The disc featured guests Ras Michael and Marcia Higgs. Hebron Gate, released January 21, 2003, included Don Carlos and the Congos as guests. Don Carlos also appeared on We Free Again (November 16, 2004), along with Apple Gabriel. In 2005, Groundation released the dub album Dub Wars. After the appearance of Upon the Bridge on October 17, 2006, the band not only toured internationally as usual, but, for the first time, also performed in the eastern half of the U.S. The domestic release of Here I Am on August 18, 2009, also heralded a round of American tour dates. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Selected Discography

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Track List: A Miracle

1. Riddim Hold Dem

2. Defender Of Beauty (Feat. Marcia Griffiths)

3. Free Rider

4. Gone A Cemetery

5. Liberation Call

6. A Miracle (Feat. Judy Mowatt)

7. Hold Your Head Up

8. Jah Defend The Music

9. Born Again

10. Cupid's Arrow

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Track List: Building An Ark

1. Building An Ark

2. Humility

3. Be That Way

4. Payaka Way

5. Merry-Go-Round

6. The Dreamer

7. Who Is Gonna

8. Keep It Up

9. Daniel

10. Sunlight Reflections

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Track List: Upon The Bridge

1. What Could Have Been

2. Down

3. Me Na In De

4. Ratant Crow

5. Nonbelievers

6. Upon The Bridge

7. Use To Laugh

8. Fight All You Can

9. Mighty Souls

10. Sleeping Bag O Wire

11. Seesaw

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Track List: Dub Wars

1. Ruling Dub

2. Don's Intro

3. Elder's Dub

4. The Dragon

5. Elements

6. Dub Rise

7. Dub Them All

8. The Mountain

9. Feel Jah's Dub

10. The Seventh Dub

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Track List: We Free Again

1. Praising

2. Dem Rise

3. Suffer The Right

4. Music Is The Most High

5. Wish Them Well

6. We Free Again

7. Smile

9. Feel Jah

10. Cultural Wars I

11. Cultural Wars Ii

12. Cultural Wars Iii

13. Cultural Wars Iv

14. The Seventh Seal

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Track List: Hebron Gate

1. Jah Jah Know

2. Babylon Rule Dem

3. Silver Tongue Show

4. Weeping Pirates

5. Picture On The Wall

6. Something More

7. Hebron

8. Freedom Taking Over

9. Undivided

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Track List: Young Tree

1. Long, Long, Ago

2. Glory To The Kings

3. Confusing Situation

4. Congress Man

5. Craven Fe' Dead

6. Dream

7. Young Tree

8. Vibes Alive

9. Groundation Chant

10. Groundation Dub

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51504mountai n a i r
Oh yea! just shows how many different cultures there is here in northern Cali.how about where u live? HUH?
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nickelowski
Good vibes, lets go burn one.
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Mashing,mash i n g yes I
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jonathanhors w i l l
Yesah we feel dat crazy VIBE from dis 808 state in da middle of da pacific oshan
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Good music ....good vibes❤️����
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Respect!
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Holy Emmanuel.... . . . Blessed... I-N-I Jah Rastafari. Forever
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gypsybay2004
irieeeeeeeee e e e e e
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waca6
tribal drums, dancing in the forest
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Jah! Awesome..
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Peace, Luv, and Happiness congrats to all my Haitian brothers celebrating 211 years of INDEPENDENCE
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One of my favorite live bands ever! Forever Groundation! Jah Love.
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OHH YEA THIS IS A GRRRREAT SONG;) SMILE FROM INSIDE YOURE SMILE WILL BRIGHTEN YOURE BEAUTIFUL FACE..... POSITIVE VIBRATIONS :-) :-) :-)
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YEAAH, YEAH!
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Marcus Garvey
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Yea
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Smaaaaaahaaa i l e . . . . . . . . ;)
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Just saw them with my fiance in Charleston last night one of the heaviest original reggae bands out there! Got to hang out with them a minute after, some of the nicest coolest people ive ever met
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going to see them at floydfest in late july with ziggy yes I RASTAFARI
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portialowens
Just saw them live at California Roots Festival in Monterey. They were on a smaller stage but had one of the best performances . Even better than some on the main stage with thousands watching. They gave their all.
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This is by far the best Reggae band out there. Harrison's voice is superb and their mastery of this Reggae-Jazz fusion is unmatched by any band.
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thought black seeds were good ,( New Zealand band ) but goundation say no more , kings of jah
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Seriously, best reggae roots hands down
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travel31511
great song...
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this is my dads band
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Keric you have a nice Bass. Check a out a group called MIDNITE,you want be disapointed.
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waca6
love the singer's mystical voice
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This is my Ish! Turn up the Definitives!
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Among the greatest
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the best reggae around
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singer remonds me a bit of that matisyahu vibe hassidic jew reggae. matisyahu is much more progressive. but u dont c 2 many. bands like that
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oneluv. yah i saw em at the catalyst and in san jose. pretty good.
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Good music for the soul and that's real
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Been a fan since their days playing at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz! Much Love!!
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Shipping2071 apparently had a crap sandwich for lunch. Singer here is blessed and full of jah love!
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@shipping207 1 LOLLLLL!!
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good stuff except for the singers voice. Wow.....anno y i n g .
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these guys are good
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Best contemporary reggae roots band....PERI O D ! ! ! (check out Cultura Profetica from Puerto Rico)
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this is irie a must for my collection
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I n i's fav.......
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ryanrobinson 3 2
For all you doubters saying they cant be from California.. . California is very liberal, and very much a cultural melting pot, Come experience it!!! Great people, cultures and music from all around the world!! So many good Reaggae bands from California check out S.D.I.B. (San Diego Island Boys) .. Do research eople!! Get out of your Boxes!!. I GET OUT!! PEACE ! ONE LOVE!
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Honestly one of the most well performed reagge roots band that I have listened to.. Suprised that they came from Cali. Makes them even more interesting.
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Cool.very cool
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jonae0301
Roots,Rock,R e g g a e .
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Truth love faith
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paschalleddi e 1
They cannot be from California! Impossible!
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Praise haileselasi
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Rastafri
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Roots!
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