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10 Ft. Ganja Plant

Hailing from upstate NY, surely one of the most unlikely locales for a geniune reggae work, 10 Ft. Ganja Flower are a strange root base and dub collective and splinter band of the better-known Ithaca, NY-based eight-piece John Brown’s Body. Known for impromptu — seldom announced or marketed — concert events that add a loose, improvisatory jam music group experience, the group garnered some renown within the Northeast U.S. live music circuit through the entire 2000s. 10 Foot. Ganja Place debuted in 2000 using the separately released Presents, a far more dub-flavored, instrumental affair than anything released by their mother or father group. ROIR, no stranger to traditional dub and reggae, agreed upon the music group in 2001, launching their follow-up, Hillside Airstrip. The group soldiered on with three even more produces for ROIR — Midnight Getting (2003), Bass Chalice (2005), and Bushrock (2009) — that uncovered affects and echoes of ’70s root base, in the close vocal harmonies from the Meditations towards the dark, bass-heavy productions of Dark Ark-era Lee “Nothing” Perry.

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