Soja Wins 2022 ‘Best Reggae Album’ Grammy

April 4, 2022

Virginia-based reggae band Soja won the 2022 ‘Best Reggae Album’ Grammy Award for ‘Beauty in the Silence,’ an album which features an appearance by Bermudian Collie Buddz on one song.

The six nominees for the  Best Reggae Album were 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 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.


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