Tonight’s Top Stop: Bambu Station at Strathmore

Tonight’s Top Stop: Bambu Station at Strathmore

Bambu Station’s Roots are in the Virgin Islands, and its music’s heart is from Jamaica, but bandleader Jalani Horton is a longtime D.C. resident. Horton’s group is now in its 10th year of making roots reggae with a social conscious, strongly influenced by Steel Pulse and the Wailers.

Bambu Station’s new CD is “Break the Soil,” and Horton and Co. made their own breakthroughs recently. In 2005, Horton left his family-mediation job at the D.C. Superior Court to perform music full time, as well as help run the Mt. Nebo Records label. And his band — drummer Andy Llanos and guitarist Tuff Lion, both from St. Croix, along with multi-instrumentalist Warren Pederson and keyboardist Cat Mitchell — is the first reggae group to participate in Strathmore’s Artist in Residence program.

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