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Women like Marcia Griffiths, Phillis Dillon, and Tanya Stephens have provided some of reggae music’s brightest moments over the years. Yet too often women involved in the genre are delegated to singing back-up or otherwise providing a minor supplementary role to a dominant male front man. Few realize that quite often the best results are dependent on an equally collaborative effort. Certainly the husband and wife team of Tracey and Stefano Nguma would concur. Together they lead Northeast Ohio’s most inspired new reggae band, Umojah Nation.
The group adopts its moniker from the Swahili word for unity, and while seeded in Jamaican roots and dancehall, Umojah Nation possesses an original style of reggae all its own. Both Tracey and Stefano are gifted singers and crafty songwriters. Intelligent lyrics adore intricate musical arrangements that recall the great British reggae bands Steel Pulse and Aswad from their late 70’s heyday. But Umojah Nation refuses to be pigeonholed. The group isView more
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