Jai Roots & the Herb-n-Cafe Project
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Jai Roots & the Herb-n-Cafe Project

San Antonio, Texas, United States | SELF

San Antonio, Texas, United States | SELF
Band World Reggae


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"In the Loop: Culture"

Jai Roots is listed as one of the most notable Jazz acts to listen to in San Antonio. - San Antonio Magazine


Herb-n-Cafe Shuffle EP (June 2010)

You Gotta Way
Cannot Be
Dion's Song



"The music is who I am, worldly yet urban, a musical representation of countries, islands, the hills, and the rainforests from all corners of the world, this is where I come from."
--- Jai Roots

It's a sold out Saturday night show, and Jai Roots and his band, The Herb-n-Cafe Project, lures the audience into absolute bliss. The packed house is vibing on his every word and drumbeat. The ability to not just entertain but to completely captivate an audience is what many musicians continually strive for. It seems to come naturally for Jai Roots, a singer and percussionist from the island of St. Croix.

Jai Roots & the Herb-n-Cafe Project was formed by its singer/songwriter/percussionist, Jai Roots, as a result of his passion for the world and music. His desire to inspire and encourage truth, consciousness, unity, and love around the world partnered with a captivating worldly sound uplifts and ignites people to dance. Jai's Afro-Indio-Latino background has given him the inspiration to write an impressive collection of original genre-twisting music. The music and messages cut through the humdrum live acts and mainstream music of today with arrangements and lyrical styling that is as rare as it is potent. 'It's Simple. I do music for music's sake, not for 'radio's sake.' Through his music he hopes to contribute to inspire a more conscious world. 'It's all about love, respect, and tolerance. Let your sprit brand fly higher. Find what you're about, be about that something, live for that something, write for that something, design for that something, fight for that something.', he says. Jai Roots Herb-n-Cafe Project is a musical fusion of Latin grooves mixed with hints of Reggae, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Roots music with "In The Pocket" grooves, perpetuating a creative, unique, feel good sound, you can't help but want more. The birth of this undeniably rhythmic sound filled with great musical arrangements, life, inspiration, and lyrical creativity began at venues such as the Jazz Annex & Carmen's De La Calle Cafe where people would come eager to hear something different than the norm. Those that hear Jai Roots & the Herb-n-Cafe Project for the first time quickly become fans and look forward to future shows. Each show is filled with great vibes, energy, and dancing for those that bring their dancing shoes! The music is worldly and different yet uniquely familiar to all. Throughout his performance, he groves to the beat he's playing, shaking his head of curls, releasing a positive vibe that's infectious to all that hear his music. Inspired by his prior professional dancing, he often takes the mic offstage and moves to the music in a way that sends people to the dance floor fast. 'I try to bring fire to the stage,' he says 'I wish to inspire and ignite the light in people to do whatever it is you're meant to do, just let your spirit go.'

For the past several years listeners have been exposed to his music in a variety of incarnations, most notably with the groups: Root 1, Coyote Dreams, Maya & Magali, and Jemaya. He tours internationally with Mono Blanco and regularly sits in with a number of local acts, and has shared the stage with: Maná, Gypsy Kings, Café Tacuba, Cesária Évora, Lila Downs, Ziggy Marley, and Manu Chao.

The name, Herb-n-Cafe, he says, describes the style of music: it's urban roots-ragga music. Certain parts are chill, like when you're kickin it on the beach with your feet in the sand. Other parts are amped up like when you're out in the city. In June 2010 he released the Herb-n-Cafe Shuffle EP. The cd features a sample of studio tracks and live tracks. Currently, he is working on releasing a live cd with his Eclectric Herb-n-Cafe Project along with a studio cd featuring the HOT latin single, "Buena". "Buena" was co-produced by Jai and San Antonio based Production Company, McCumba Music. Jai anticipates touring with the band that he says has been playing in his head for years.

When Jai Roots & the Herb-n-Cafe Project take the stage, Jai Roots & the band deliver it all. They provide comfort and positive vibrations along with a captivating feel good globetrottin' sound in a time of uncertainty and confusion, and let people take solace in the fact that someone out there understands their predicament, and more importantly, knows that they are not alone in this happiest of worlds.