Ooklah the Moc is
at the forefront of the current
Reggae renaissance coming from
Hawaii. From these small islands
comes a huge sound, dedicated to
forwarding a deeper
understanding of the islands,
based on the push for a stronger
connection to the powerful vibe
and beauty of their land.
Formed in 1997,
Ooklah the Moc’s first
incarnation consisted of a 4
piece group playing hardcore
punk music, influenced by the
sound and message of Reggae.
Eventually as the group expanded
in size and scope, late 70's-mid
80’s era Roots Reggae became the
main focus. Their take on
classic Jamaican and UK–inspired
Reggae, infused with their Punk
background and an indigenous
Hawaiian ethos, created an
altogether new sound not heard
Now a full
9-piece band featuring a soaring
horn section, driving drum and
bass, masterful keyboards and
three harmony-based vocalists,
Ooklah the Moc is set to take
over the mainland, and the
world, as they have their
homeland. Their progressive
style of Roots Reggae has been
showcased at some of the West
Coast's most prestigious
festivals and their club shows
down the coast attract a
fan-base that grows
exponentially with each visit.
Yet even as they tour more and more throughout the US and abroad, Hawaii and its influences remain. The crossroads of Hawaii has created a uniquely diverse population and their membership and sound certainly reflects this. And even as they push the evolution of their sound further and further, the tenets of both Roots Reggae and the Hawaiian nation form the foundation on which they continue to build on.
Ooklah the Moc is a microcosm of a world getting smaller and more connected with each passing day: when each person contributes their unique upbringing and perspective in a conscious and positive way, a sum is created which is certainly greater than its parts.
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the Moc has] a refreshingly unassuming and mature sound that has
helped them build a loyal fan base and has contributed to the
American roots revival of the late '90s and early 21st century."
"Ooklah the Moc deals strictly in
'70s-style roots-and-culture reggae, with a strong religious
bent and a marked tendency towards trippy dub-wise instrumental
excursions. Even at this early stage in its career, the band is
already showing itself capable of writing songs with interesting
chord structures, elegant horn charts and rich, well-balanced
Listen to the
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