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A Matter of Time: An Interview with Protoje

photo credit: Chance Nkosi Gomez

I had a minor freakout when I received word that I’d be interviewing Protoje. I mean THE Protoje, the powerful performer who is an absolute champion of authentic Jamaican reggae. Protoje, who has over a decade of experience under his belt, who is a role model for up-and-coming musicians, who gets invited to play all over the world.Read More

First Listen: Policulture – Karma

Colorado roots outfit Policulture releases their upcoming album Mountains to Cross in its entirety August 17. Today, Rootfire premieres “Karma,” the first single from this full-length. With themes revolving around perseverance and persistence, this latest offering from the mountain reggae collective lives true to these values in the flesh, raising over $11K via their sustainable album release campaign. … Read More

First Listen: FeelFree – Lonely Life

“The song is about trying to find yourself in solitude but also about dealing with the pain that that solitude can cause for others in your life when you go off on your own,” says Andrew Pfeiffer, lead singer of the Washington D.C.Read More

First Listen: Fiji – Come On Over feat. PAPA

Fiji is one of the godfathers of Pacific Island music, who has released Polynesian musical anthems since the mid 90’s. Originally from Fiji, but a Hawaiian resident since he was 14, Fiji’s influence on some of the biggest musicians coming out of the Pacific like J Boog, Common Kings, and The Green is undeniable.… Read More

Twenty Five Years of Roots: Sierra Nevada World Music Festival – Interview with Founder Warren Smith

This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, a staple event within the roots reggae and world music communities of California and beyond. SNWMF has a reputation for stacked lineups of classic roots artists from the golden era of ’70s and ’80s reggae balanced by up-and-coming talent from across the world.… Read More

First Listen: Alborosie ft. Raging Fyah – The Unforgiven

Maybe it’s just a musician thing in general, but certainly throughout the progressive roots scene there is a distinct affinity for classic metal amongst the singers and players. And few metal bands have a more household name than Metallica.

Today Rootfire premieres a moving rendition of Metallica’s “The Unforgiven” by Italian-born roots artist Alborosie, out everywhere June 15 on Greensleeves Records as part of the Unbreakable – Alborosie Meets The Wailers United album. … Read More