At its roots, reggae is freedom fighter music. It is played to unite people against cultural oppression, political corruption and injustice. During the early hayday of roots reggae in the 70’s, the genre carried its message in the face of the violent era of political unrest… 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.
When most people think music festival, they think summer time. The thing I love about One Love Cali Reggae Fest is getting that dose of music fest love in February. That and the monstrous lineup that One Love has consistently brought, now three years running.… Read More
Taking a look at the current political and cultural climate across the world it becomes clear that there is no shortage of battles to be fought. The money machine is turning profits for the few more efficiently than ever, and there has never been a greater… Read More
With her new album Vessel of Love dropping today on Merge Records, Hollie Cook once again presents to the world a fresh dose of her distinctive brand of reggae-infused tropical pop. Working with producer Martin ‘Youth’ Glover, Cook’s third full length album delivers with deep, stratified arrangements showcasing the… Read More
The heartbeat. It’s our first sense of rhythm, of life. The universal pulse connecting all of humanity through the link of vitality. It is this connection to lifeforce that is at the root of Nyabinghi, the oldest order of the Rastafarian faith, widely known for… Read More
Coming off the success of 2016’s Billboard Reggae Chart topper Golden released on the Rootfire Cooperative, The Movement is back with their first single of 2018, “Cool Me Down.” Contrary to its title, this slow-burner from the South Carolina reggae-rockers… Read More
As I stepped off the plane in Rochester, NY on December 30, I was greeted by two baggage handlers declaring with a smile, “Welcome to sunny Rochester. Please enjoy our white sandy beaches.” This, of course, was in reference to the snow that had been falling, and would… Read More