Few labels have the sort of brand recognition affiliated with British imprint Trojan Records. Browse Trojan’s artist list and it’s hard to find a prominent Jamaican artist who’s name isn’t there – and equally easy to discover your next new favorite… Read More
Rootfire Editor Brian Nelson a.k.a. Red Ninja is passionate about making music, making friends, experiencing life and living to tell the tale. Whether dropping heavy dub beats, cruising untouched Rocky Mountain powder, or talking shop about the music biz, Nelson’s approach is pure ninja.
Cover photo: Ashley Kidwell
There are a lot of grassroots festivals that happen across the country. Typically they feature local talent, a family-friendly atmosphere and a certain enduring sense of chaos that comes with a community of people coming together to give their 100% to do something they don’t do… Read More
Roots music meets pop appeal in “Mystic One,” the latest single from Canadian-born Zahira. Joining forces with backing band Rising Buffalo Tribe, this new offering from the soulful songstress drives listeners to recognize their personal truth with an open heart.… Read More
Good vibes and an abundance of heart defines “Easy to Love You,” the new single from KBong feat. The Movement. This latest release from the California-based musician and producer, notably known for his role as keyboardist in Stick Figure, hones in on the joys in life that truly resonate the essence of love.… Read More
The sense of community that connects the bands of the international reggae scene is marked by mutual respect and admiration. Younger artists look to the music of those who came before them as a tool to learn and grow from, recognizing the significance of the seed planted… 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… Read More
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,… Read More
Summer solstice is approaching, and on this longest day of the year organizers of the Ithaca Reggae Fest are taking a chance to look at their past while keeping an eye out for the future. The community-oriented festival, now in its second year, is displaying the kind of big picture vision… Read More