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Women in Reggae – Sister Carol

Rootfire is starting a new series about Women in Reggae, to help amplify the voices of the amazing females that have made an impact on this music. These stories are specifically meant to help push women to the forefront when they have historically been held back, whether intentionally or subconsciously, not just in music but in politics, the workplace, and elsewhere.Read More

Make It Better – One Year Later, Now on Vinyl

September 16 marked one year since the release of Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad’s Make It Better, the band’s sixth studio release. Topping at #1 on both the Billboard and iTunes reggae charts, the quality of this latest release is a true testament to the grit and talent that pours from Panda.Read More

Throwback Thursday: Burning Spear

I was born in 1981, the year Bob Marley died, and alongside my generation, his was THE reggae we knew, if we knew reggae at all in our youth.  Then, along came Sublime’s West Coast influence on music, and we suddenly became a generation whose ears naturally existed both in Jamaica and abroad, enlivened by ears geared to honor the past, while building the present.Read More

First Listen: Ooklah the Moc – Truth & Right

Creativity comes in waves. Often times musicians will ebb and flow, with some of the greatest work coming after a long hiatus from the studio. Hailing from Palolo, Hawaii, Ooklah the Moc has come back around with Every Posse, a fresh release after nearly a decade since their last album drop.Read More

First Listen: Thunder Body – Solstice

We are thrilled to announce the next release on Rootfire Cooperative: Solstice, the new album from Rochester-based Thunder Body will come out October 13, 2017.

Thunder Body is family.  Not only are they spearheaded by partner duo Matt O’Brian  (drums, vocals) and Rachel Orke (keys), but they are part of Rootfire’s DNA, as a cornerstone of the Western New York reggae scene, which gave birth to John Brown’s Body, The Majestics, and Rootfire ourselves.… Read More

The Story Behind the Setlist: Stick Figure at Shangri-La (2016)

In my room, I have two red binders full of setlists. When I page through them, I’m reminded of the shows I’ve seen around the country, and I’m filled with gratitude for these experiences. Here’s a new series of stories behind the setlists, starting with one of my all-time favorites…

For years, my Madison, Wisconsin hippie friends had been telling me to go to Shangri-La Festival in Clarks Grove, Minnesota.Read More