Critically acclaimed and awe inspiring, the Bambú Station Roots Reggae Band is one of the most profound and provocative reggae groups since Bob Marley and the Wailers.
Bambú Station was founded in 1996 by lead singer Jalani Horton, the culmination of a lifetime of love for music and the quest for sharing and uplifting through sound, poetry, words, and action. After a few years of playing small shows, developing their sound and style and gathering a positive fanbase, the band set out to establish its own recording studio and recorded its first album titled ”Congo Moon” (High Rotation Records), which was released November 1999. One of its songs, “Heathen Fun," was selected for use on a two-CD remix compilation entitled “Walking on Pennsylvania Avenue”, a major relief effort for children with AIDS released on the Open Source Record Label (www.open-source.com).
In 2000, Bambú Station released the single “Amadou Diallo” independently in memory of the brutally slain New York West African of the same name. The band personally presented the single to his parents at the 2001 Anniversary of the March on Washington.
In May 2002, Bambú Station reached global acclaim with their heart-stirring compilation “Bambú Station presents: Various Artists – Talkin’ Roots I” (Mt. Nebo Records). This groundbreaking album immediately hit worldwide charts, generating international praise from music critics and radio DJs. Radio Stations across the globe added Bambú Station songs to their rotation and “Talkin’ Roots I” was selected as “Compilation of the Year 2002” by Ireggae.com and won several awards.
Bambú Station opened 2003 with the release of their breathtaking album “One Day!” Many songs on this album were considered instant favorites. Fans, writers and industry experts all continue to praise the album as “classic”, “very powerful”, and “one for the ages”. From The Beat Magazine, Reggae Reviews, Urban Ambience Journal and countless others, critics dubbed Bambú Station’s “One Day” as one of the most significant albums of the modern reggae scene. Creation Steppin’ Radio selected “One Day” as its “Album of the Year” for 2003. The D.C. Annual Reggae Awards selected “One Day” as “Album of the Year 2003,” the song “One Day” as “Song of the Year 2003” and Bambú Station as “Producer of the Year 2003”.
Since their first tour in July 2004, Bambú Station's fan base has grown tremendously because of their dynamic shows in Mexico, Hawaii, Holland, Belgium, the U.S.A and Israel. Their Talkin' Roots Tour 2004 was the first ever tour of a group of Virgin Islands reggae artists on the U.S. mainland. The band also released the much anticipated followup, "Talkin' Roots II," headlined at the 2005 Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and toured the U.S. mainland feverishly carrying their soul-stirring brand of music to the masses.
In October 2004, Jalani Horton developed the Bambú Station Foundation. A family mediator for 13 years, Jalani Horton's continued mission to uplift and invigorate communities and families through grassroots means has the band assisting in fund-raising efforts, lectures, benefits, awareness campaigns and other creative and proactive efforts to address the goal of impacting the lives of children world-wide.
Bambú Station is a significant entity. It continues to produce soul-stirring music for itself and introduce substantive and dynamic new artists. They tour feverishly, perform amazing shows and participate in community events to assist the less fortunate. Bambú Station's new album "Break The Soil" is now available and continues their thought-provoking journey in our lives.