Forever Judah is a compilation album released from the Jah Ova Evil reggae camp. Submitting a tight mix of roots artists from the family, the seven artists heard here show great promise for current success and future growth. Often compilation albums can come off as disjointed, but Forever Judah avoids that cliff by bringing artists of equal skill together.… Read More
Poet-alchemist. Leader, healer, spiritual singer. Authentic. Woman. Unique, roots-abstract. Africa. Jah9 infuses the precise lyrical prowess of spoken word with the heart-beat-connect of her Jazz on Dub style. On first listen, Jah9’s sophomore album, simply entitled 9, strikes the listener with intention.… Read More
Levitate Music and Arts Festival celebrates its fifth year in Marshfield, MA, July 8-9, featuring Rootfire Cooperative artists Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and Satsang, along with Dispatch, Ziggy Marley, Umphrey’s McGee, Lake Street Dive, Stick Figure, Landon McNamara, and more…
Rootfire is giving away a pair of tickets.… Read More
“Straight to Hell” is a track originally born of some of the world’s great angsts, as seen through the lens of The Clash, in 1982. Dealing with social issues that still ring as relevant today (from labor injustices to immigration concerns), The Clash released a song with a message that rightly bears the strength of its name – a commentary on a world gone awry, one where the money holders rise on the backs of those enduring a life of torture.… Read More
Christos DC (Chris Vrenios), a Greek-American, is a Washington, DC-based artist/producer/touring musician whose humble force has been influential in shaping the DC reggae scene and beyond. His own recordings, paired with the recordings he has shouldered through his own Honest Music DC label, for some of the most well-known artists in the reggae scene, have left a deep row from which powerful fruit has grown; great blooms continue to open for creations to come.… Read More
Queen Ifrica is a Montego Bay, Jamaica native, known for lyrical content that is dense with social commentary. Her latest album, Climb, is no different in that regard. From issues of government oppression to tracks that call for young women to be resilient in themselves, rather than existing as consumers and representations of mass-market culture, Queen Ifrica is staying true to the path she has been forging for over two decades.… Read More
Dub music [insert echo sound effect]. The scene is Jamaica in the late 60’s. Just years after gaining independence from the U.K., this young island nation is experiencing the turbulent transition that often accompanies a change of power of such magnitude.… Read More
I first met Iya Terra in Portland, Oregon, on April 21, 2016.
They were opening for The Movement on the first night of a west coast run together, and their van pulled up to The Goodfoot a few minutes early. Always a good sign.… Read More
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favour fire.
-Robert Frost from “Fire and Ice”
Fire invokes transformation and purification. The Phoenix falling in a ball of flame, only to rise again from the ashes.… Read More