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A former journalist who’s felt the philosophical and musical impact that Bob Marley and Jamaican reggae have made on world culture, Giles is in charge of keeping the conversation moving and helping the people who use Rootfire to keep it on time.

Soul Signal: Footprints in the sand

Reggae music was born near the ocean and it understands it. When Rootfire’s Semaj Surreal says it gives you backbone, I know what he means. In the mornings over the vacation, I practiced my t’ai chi on the shore. The surface of the water gives you a focus that… Read More

Soul Signal: Beer Bus at The Moon Tower

Coming up the driveway you could tell it was going to be enough of everything. Enough music, enough weed, enough girls, enough good feeling. What happened was all of that and even more. We had the reggae bumping and the girls got curious…. and came out to watch… Read More

Soul Signal: Regeneration

It reminds me of conversations I’ve had recently with Joshua Swain of The Movement. Roots is just a one drop and a Jamaican accent, but reggae can be anything you want it to be. Or the ongoing conversation I have with Semaj Surreal, who sees reggae as a powerful… Read More

Editor’s Note: Pressure drop

Mardi Gras arrives around the moment winter starts to feel long, a party to remind us of what it feels like when the good times roll and a happy release before Lent, the old Christian countdown of the dark hours before dawn.… Read More

Rootfire World Premiere: Collie Buddz “Prescription”

Collie Buddz’ rabid international fan base has been begging for the dance hall sensation’s first full album release since his 2007 self-titled debut and while they’ll have to continue waiting for now, his latest single, “Prescription,” released today to select media sources, is another sure-fire dance hall classic that… Read More

Editor’s Note: Connection is crucial

Rootfire is based in Charlottesville, which is a little-bitty college town in the center of the state of Virginia. Not exactly a spot known for its reggae past, but the reggae future is pretty sunny. Let’s talk about the present for a moment, shall we?… Read More