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First Listen Premiere: Pure Roots – “Higgler Move”

Reggae fans, heed warning! If you desire an upbeat, catchy but purposeful song, you do not want to sleep on this one. Listen to Higgler Move here!

Pure Roots out of Santa Cruz, California, drop this nugget tomorrow, but you can hear it today here on 

Titled “Higgler Move,” the scorcher features the unmistakable vocals of Junior Reid (formerly of Black Uhuru) and bass from Steel Pulse’s Amlak Tafari. Additionally, the track was mixed by dub luminary The Scientist to create a very impactful three minutes and 28 seconds. 

The single combines vocals in both English and Jamaican Patios.  “Higgler” is a Patois word that is used to describe the informal economic activity of small-scale street vending, dating back to the days of slavery. “Higgler Moves” describes the life of a street hustler who has a family, wife and kids to support.

Producer Jeff Allgrove of Right Vibes Productions explains that the lyrics say what translates to “What you can get from one shop, you can get from another shop. But the one you didn’t go to might go out of business, and then they have to work for the vendor who you purchased from.” 

Another lyric translates to “Watch how the Higgler smiles, as he collects his coil,” which is a term that refers to cash wrapped in a roll.  

“A large portion of the population is very poor and rely on what they can sell on the streets to make ends meet,” adds Allgrove. “It’s such a fragile economy in Jamaica.”

“Higgler Move” is from Pure Roots forthcoming album titled Youth Rising to be released in April 2023. 

Junior Reid sings vocals on "Higgler Move" by Pure Roots.
Junior Reid sings vocals on “Higgler Move” by Pure Roots.
Pure Roots out of Santa Cruz, CA.
Pure Roots out of Santa Cruz, CA.
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Brooke Ashley is from Central California. She has a tremendous passion for writing and reggae music. When she isn’t working her full-time, part-time, and side jobs, you can find her in nature. She enjoys hiking, the solace of the earth, and the beauty in the silence. She is a mom of three children and advocates for Mental Health Awareness through reggae music. She knows how reggae music and the community have literally saved her life. She wants to spread that feeling of belonging and acceptance throughout the world.

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