The Temple Rockers

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Reggae, Rockers • 2001-PRESENT • Ithaca, NY

The Temple Rockers play incredibly varied and spiritually inspired Reggae connecting the Rasta and Jewish traditions through the miracle of music.  Producer and multi-instrumentalist David Solid Gould has been fascinated with the musical and cultural crossroads that he has dubbed “Temple Rockers Music”. It’s a blending of traditional Jewish melodies into the rhythmic and harmonic constructs of traditional Reggae, Rocksteady, and Ska music from Jamaica.

Throughout his four recordings released to date, David has involved an all-star group of singers and players, including Leonard  “Sparrow” Dillon of The Ethiopians, Keith “Sleepy” Coley and Gilmore “Smoker” Grant of The Silvertones,  the brilliant engineer Bill Laswell, prodigy Romanian saxophone player Yuri Yunakov, vocalist Craig Akira Fujita of Pressure Cooker and 10 Ft. Ganja Plant, drummer Tommy Benedetti of John Brown’s Body,  trumpeter Mark Berney formerly of the Skatalites, saxophone flutist Jared Sims, multi-instrumentalist Nate Silas Richardson of Ft Ganja Plant, and many others. The live group is 10-12 strong, bringing a classic Deep Roots Reggae sound to the stage.

The Temple Rockers have been entrancing audiences since 2001 and are currently in the studio working on the new album called Festival of Lights, focusing primarily on songs from the Hannukah holiday.  Stay tuned!

Peace Dub – from Dub of the Passover – mixed by Bill Laswell, featuring Leonard “Sparrow”Dillon from the Ethiopians and the Silvertones

Once We Were Slaves – from Feast of the Passover – featuring Leonard “Sparrow”Dillon from the Ethiopians and the Silvertones

Hinei Ma Tov Dub – from Adonai in Dub

L’Dor Vador – from Adonai & I

Jamaica Recording Sessions 2009


Once We Were Slaves (Avadim Hayinu) – Live at Castaways in Ithaca, NY 4-7-11


Who Knows Dub? (Echod Mi Yodea) – Live at Castaways in Ithaca, NY 4-17-11