Playlist: What’s SOJA Listening To?

Over the course of their near-20-year career, SOJA has amassed a loyal following due to their societal justice-minded brand of roots reggae. Seven members of this team — Jacob Hemphill, Kenny Bongos, Patrick O’Shea, Bobby Lee, Byrd, Hellman Escorcia, and Rafa Rodriguez — teamed up to make a playlist for USA TODAY in celebration of the new   album Poetry in Motion (out today).

Thursday in the Danger Room, Run the Jewels

Songs about reduction are always my favorites.   When I hear a sad story, I understand that we all hurt.   Life isn’t easy. — J.H.

Big Mountain, Vision

These men were like heroes to people. Killer music, killer lyrics, killer arrangement. You listen to his voice, you know it’s him. — J.H.

Allen Stone, enjoy

My alarm clock, a pure piece of thoughtful songwriting and an inspiring way to begin the day. — K.B.

Boriken, Culura Profertica


For a song over 40 years old, the concept could not be any more accurate today, especially considering all the recent environmental and political disasters. ” — B.L.

Imagine, John Lennon

A timeless song that suggests a positive approach to consider even when the future is uncertain. — P.O.

R.O.A.R., Damian Marley

I was waiting for something fresh in the genre, plus I was waiting on a Gong album. Win-win. — B.L.

Bambi, Jidenna

It’s nowadays a sound that really appeals to me. — B.L.

Better Must Come

Bugle is one of my favourite artists. This is a song about overcoming challenges and fighting injustice. — B.

Crooked Smile

In my opinion, Cole has got the best lyrics and stream at the moment. Individuals, especially girls encourage, to have a positive self-image and not to obsess over imperfections. — B.

Viento De Agua, Ciudadano del Mundo

This tune shows the power of the Caribbean and how strong the people are when they are together on special days. It is time to be combined, together and thankful. — H.E.

Autumn Leaves, Miles Davis & Cannonball Adderley

One of the best jazz songs ever achieved.   — R.R.