If you listen to the continually evolving Rootfire Progressive Roots Playlist, a wicked little dub number titled “Sunny Tubby” may have recently caught your ear. Its playful bassline, meandering organ and smooth saxophone may have transported you back to a bustling Kingston street corner, circa 1970-something, which, in turn, may have prompted you to click on the likely unfamiliar artist name, Pyrotechnist, or the album name, Dub Rocketry.… Read More
“The music herein represents some of the most heartfelt ever committed to wax in the history of Jamaican music; it is not a joke thing, nor is it a rebel pose. Its truth and honesty has endured for nearly two decades, proving, if proof be needed, that real soul is timeless.” – Steve Barrow 1988.… Read More
For many people, Valentine’s Day seems to be a polarizing date on the calendar. Those in the throws of sizzling romances and stellar long-term relationships tend to welcome this Hallmark holiday as a prompt to celebrate their love, yet single people often reject it with bitterness, perhaps a harsh reminder of past wrongs, bad decisions and ongoing frustration in finding the perfect partner.… Read More
A few months back, Rootfire published an interview with Pachyman, the L.A. based Puerto Rican riddim and dub master. At the time, Pachyman had just burst onto the scene in strong-strong fashion with his debut full-length dub record “Pachyman In Dub,” a critically acclaimed instant classic on which Pachy played all the instruments, wrote all the music, and mixed all the dubs himself.… Read More
The world’s greatest songwriter was born in the rural Jamaican parish of St. Ann on Feb 6, 1945. His impact on both the music and citizens of the world is impossible to overstate.
To celebrate his 75th birthday (that’s not even that old!… Read More