Biography: Mama Jama
Since 1990, MAMA JAMA have been intoxicating music lovers with their eclectic blend of rock, reggae, calypso and blues. If you haven’t seen - or heard - MAMA JAMA play, you don’t get out enough. The band plays a variety of events, from week-long performances at local bars and restaurants, benefit concerts and the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival to weddings and corporate events.
The members of MAMA JAMA are a varied and intriguing lot.
Henry Sar, originally from Liberia, came to the U.S. in 1986 to share his musical experience and acrobatic talents with the American audience is one of the voices of Mama Jama.
John Gladstone writes for Mama Jama as well as playing woodwinds and keyboards and has performed with such artists as Jimmy Buffet, James Taylor, and Ritchie Havens.
Avon Lucas is a self-taught musician with a fresh, unorthodox approach. He utilizes upright, fretless, six-string, and synth textures to greatly expand the sonic horizons of the group. His playing balances astonishing improvisational flourishes against a a rock-solid groove and a beautiful lyricism. Avon has played alongside such artists as Peaches and Herb, Atlantic Star, Larry Bright, and Charles Carlton.
Larry, on congas, percussion, and vocals has opened for Tina Turner, and Robert Palmer. Larry furnishes the pulse of MAMA JAMA.
Fallah Dadzie also provides vocals for MAMA JAMA. He lead the group Musical Messiah in Liberia, of which Henry was a member. They both progressed in their musical careers in the caribbean-soca band Caribash, a traditional group called Cross-culture, and the rock-reggae group Six.
Michael McHenry is the newest member of MAMA JAMA. His soulful guitar playing and talented voice adds a new layer to the intricacy of the group.
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