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Jampara & The Batalion (Burundi/Holland)
Jampara plays in a typical African Roots Reggae style, he calls it 'Fire in the Wire'! The combination of reggae and Burundi-drums is unique.
 
Biography
The band started getting shape at the end of 1993, Jampara and Aston 'Familyman' Barett, the leader of the legendary Wailers, started talking about forming a new reggeaband. Soon Jampara was looking for a bass player, and was lucky to find one in the form of Robby Skipper. The Batalion as a band was born.

Originally the band existed of five people: Ras Jampara (lead singer and solo guitarist), Robby Skipper (bass guitar and 'chief in command'), Captain Anthony (rhythm guitar), Professor Moha (drums) and War Watanga (lead guitarist). Now the Batalion performs mostly with 8 to 10 musicians, with changing additions to the core of the band. The Batalions first gig was a double bill with Burning Spear at the Paradiso in Amsterdam (Netherlands) in 1995.

Jampara and the Batalion went to Jamaica to record their first album 'Free like a bird'. This album was released in 1999 and established the Batalion as a good, International roots reggae band and it earned them recognition and respect.

Since the year 2000 Jampara has combined his love for reggae music with his Burundi roots, which makes this not only a music performance but a unique experience because of the Burundi drummers.

In 2010 Jampara has toured with his band, Europe,U.S.A., Canada and South Africa. In 2011 Jampara left Amsterdam for his homeland Burundi and he came back to Amsterdam in 2015.

Jampara is a very experienced musician. His show with The Batalion band and the Burundi drummers will get the crowd movin'. Fire in the Wire!

Website Jampara

Photo gallery: 3 photos

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Past events
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  • Rastaplas 2017  
    Noord Aa (Zoetermeer)  
    July 22 - 23, 2017
     
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  • Releaseparty Jampara & Alpha Blondy!  
    Paradiso (Amsterdam)  
    November 3, 2009
     
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  • African Reggae Festival @ P60!  
    P60 (Amstelveen)  
    May 9, 2008
     
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  • Black Star @ Israel Vibration & Jampara!  
    Melkweg (Amsterdam)  
    April 28, 2008
     
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  • Jampara & Black Star @ Paard!  
    Paard van Troje (Den Haag)  
    April 11, 2008
     
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  • African Reggae Festival @ P3!  
    P3 (Purmerend)  
    November 16, 2007
     
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  • Osagyefo goes Paradiso!  
    Paradiso (Amsterdam)  
    August 26, 2006