Soja Reggae Album Earns Grammy Nomination

November 25, 2021

The nominations for the Grammy Awards 2022 are now out, and the Best Reggae Album category includes one album by the U.S based group Soja which features an appearance by Bermudian Collie Buddz on one song.

The six nominees for the  Best Reggae Album are Etana’s Pamoja, Sean Paul’s Live N Livin, Spice with 10, Jesse Royal’s Royal, Gramps Morgan with Positive Vibration, and Soja with Beauty in the Silence.

Soja’s Beauty in the Silence has featured album guests include Rebelution, Dirty Heads, Slightly Stoopid, UB40, Stick Figure, and Collie Buddz. The song featuring Collie Buddz is entitled ‘Press Rewind’ and you can listen to it below,

In describing the song on their website, Soja said, “Beauty in the Silence opens on ‘Press Rewind’ [ft. Collie Buddz and J Boog], a track that first took form late one night on Buddz’s tour bus. “We were on tour together, and after the show Collie was going through beats on his phone,” says Hemphill of the Bermudian reggae artist.

“He played me that one and I came up with the opening lyrics right away, and it turned into a song where everybody tells their story of how they fell in love with music—in my part I’m talking about me and Bobby and Byrd watching DVDs of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, and realizing that’s what we wanted to do with our lives.”

“Capped off by a fiery verse from Hawaii-based reggae singer J Boog, the result is a gloriously radiant tribute to how music enlightens and sustains us. “The details are different for each of us, but the story remains the same: we fell in love with music, and we couldn’t ever break up,” says Hemphill.

The Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on January 31, 2022, at the Arena [formerly the Staples Center] in Los Angeles.

All the nomineea for the 64th annual Grammy Awards were announced this week; across all categories Jon Batiste leads all artists with 11 nominations, Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and H.E.R. follow with eight, while Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo have seven each.

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