Roots with no Reservations


Finnegan's Wake, a Glance at Irish Mysticism through Lyrical Satire

Posted by Lojah on July 1, 2017 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Finnegan’s Wake is amongst my favorite traditional Irish songs and it has been a staple of the Irish balladeer’s repertoire since the middle of the 19th century. Over the past several decades it has been covered by great and legendary Irish bands like The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, The Dubliners, the Pogues, and most recently the Massachusetts-based Dropkick Murphys. However, like much of Irish lyrical tradition stretching back to the ancient bards “Finnegan’s Wake” is in reality a work of deep esoteric value cleverly disguised as a silly drinking song that only the initiated were likely to fully comprehend. (Read More)

Mento Music: Reggae's Granddaddy

Posted by Lojah on June 26, 2017 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Mento music is a little known style of folk music and dance native to the island of Jamaica that saw its commercial peak in the 1950s. Sometimes called Jamaican Calypso, it is closely related to that Trinidadian musical form. (Read More)

Happy New Year from Lojah

Posted by Lojah on January 5, 2017 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey folks,


Happy New Year! I’m really looking forward to 2017. It’s going to a great year. For starters I’m embarking on a series of shows throughout the year, and the production of a new ep in the spring and I’ll be giving away a painting from my facebook page as part of the release.


My next show is this Friday, January 6, at the Back Porch Bar and Grill – 710 Palafox St in Pensacola. If you’re in the area come on out and party with us. Or if you live further away and you’d like me to visit your town, let know where to play and I’ll consider putting it on my tour list for 2017.


You can keep up with me by following me on facebook, https://twitter.com/Lojah" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">twitter, and https://www.instagram.com/j.lojah/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">instagram or visit Lojah.com for access to my music and art. You can also follow my blog The Moody View where I cover a wide range of topics from art, music, and culture.


Happy New Year, once again. I hope you have a great 2017.


Until Next time,




Yuletide Greeting

Posted by Lojah on December 20, 2016 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey folks,


I almost can’t believe another year has gone by and so much has changed, but it feels really good to be moving forward into the next phase of life.


I have a couple 2017 shows booked already and a few more tentative dates coming up. If you’re in the Pensacola area you should come hang out.


2017 Dates

Jan 6, Twelfth Night at the Back Porch Bar and Grill

March 17, St. Patrick’s Day at the Back Porch Bar and Grill


Check Lojah.com for details.


In the spirit of the season you can swing by the Moody View and read my most recent post on the Yuletide and the Real Reason for the Season. After that there are some interesting subjects on Eight Christmas Characters Most Americans Don’t Know, and Wassailing, the Roots of a Christmas Tradition.


I wish you all a great Yuletide season and I look forward to seeing you in the coming year.


Until Next time,



9 Top Irish Drinking Songs

Posted by Lojah on November 7, 2015 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The Irish have produced some of the best drinking songs ever written. Characterized by their catchy melodies, comical lyrics, and their tendency toward tragic endings; a good night of pub-singing is a communal activity with much crowd interaction and participation. The following is a list of my top nine Irish Drinking Songs, in no particular order. Why nine? If you must ask, perhaps you need to learn more about the Irish.

Read More at the Moody View

Rastafari, Zion and a Religious Irony

Posted by Lojah on August 25, 2014 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Fans of Reggae music understand how intimately tied it is to the Rastafarian movement from which it was born. Rastafari is a religion, a philosophy, a way of life and a social movement. Depending on whom you ask regarding the nature of Rasta, you’ll get a different combination of these basic premises.

Rastafari emerged from the poor black communities of Jamaica in the 1930s. The roots of the ideology lie heavily in the collective experience of slavery and Marcus Garvey’s back to Africa movement. The poor religious people in the shanty towns of Jamaica may not have known much about world history, but they understood the Old Testament stories referring to Egypt and Ethiopia were taking place in Africa; that mystical homeland that legend had endowed with mythic stature.



Mass Medias Effect on Anthropology, Nationalism and Native Awareness

Posted by Lojah on August 24, 2014 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Modern anthropological studies are placing an ever growing amount of importance on mass media. This interest came about in large part as a reaction to the up rise of nationalism leading up to World War II, and the growth of mass communication and media. Since that time anthropology has shifted from the mere study of indigenous cultures into the study of nations, states, political ideologies, institutions, and all the instruments of nationalism.

Lojah on Celtic-Folk-Punk

Posted by Lojah on July 31, 2014 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I got blogged on Celtic-Folk-Punk.  Go over and check it out.  Meanwhile download the tracks.

St. Patricks Day Greeting

Posted by Lojah on March 11, 2014 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

St. Patrick's Day is here again and spring is just around the corner.  It’s a good time to be Irish.  I’ll be performing at O’Connor’s Irish Pub in Navarre on March 17, from 4:00-6:30.  Come out and celebrate the Island.

I am also working with Concerned Veterans for America of Pensacola this season, helping to draw attention to several veterans issues such as the VA backlog, homelessness, and an alarmingly high suicide rate.  We will be hosting several events.  If you’d like to take part in some activities and some action contact me or CVA Pensacola and let us know.


I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Until Next time,



Lojah New Years 2014 Update

Posted by Lojah on January 11, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello friends and family of Lojah!


I hope you’re having an outstanding New Year!  With the Yule-tide behind us we can now focus on our goals for the year ahead.


I’ll be heading into the studio this month to start production of my next ep; Tripping on Roots, as well as heading up another semester of Current Cultural Issues and giving my students a clear background on the Irish Republican Army, the American Indian Movement, Idle No More, and Indigenous struggles in general.


I thought you would be interested to know that January 17th of this year is the 221st anniversary of the death of the Creek Emperor Alexander MacGillivray.  He was buried in downtown Pensacola near what today is Garden Street, somewhere in the vicinity of the courthouse.  More information on this remarkable Creek leader can be found here.


Catch me Live!

My next performance will be on January 18, at O’Connor’s Irish Pub and Grill in Navarre, beginning at 7:30pm.  It’s their 1-year anniversary party, so come out for an Irish-heavy evening of Lojah’s Creolized Roots Music.  I will also be performing at O’Connor’s on St. Patrick’s Day this year as well. Visit www.Lojah.com for more details.


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Until Next time,



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