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Ticket Giveaway: Reggae Rise Up Florida

Now in its fifth year, reggaeriseupflorida.com/">Reggae Rise Up returns to St. Petersburg, FL, March 15-17, 2019. Year after year the event has been stacked with the heaviest hitters in the modern reggae scene, and this year’s festival sees Rebelution and Slightly Stoopid being joined by Stick Figure, who has moved into the top-tier headline slot for the first time this year. … reggae-rise-up-florida/" class="read-more">Read More

First Listen: Channel Tubes Presents The Far East (Full Album Premiere)

This past fall, as part of our women+in+reggae">Women In Reggae series, Rootfire published an women-in-reggae-maddie-ruthless/">article about Maddie Ruthless, alluring frontwoman for The Far East, a Brooklyn-based reggae band with a raw, throwback sound. During the interview, when asked about her aspirations for her band, Ruthless said, “The goal is to write and record the baddest riddims possible and watch Babylon tumble from the weight of pure bass.” (A quote so nice, we had to run it twice.)

Ruthless also mentioned that the band was close to releasing some new music.  Read More

Arise Roots featuring Slightly Stoopid & Eric Rachmany

Last week, Los Angeles, CA roots-reggae champions Arise Roots released “ink.to/comegetit">Come And Get It,” the lead single from their eagerly anticipated new album dropping early next year on ineffablemusic.com/label">Ineffable Music. Aside from being a killer tune in its own right (always the case regarding new music from this top-ranking group), the track has the notable and, frankly, historical distinction of being the first recording to feature two of the American Reggae scene’s best known figures: Kyle McDonald of Slightly Stoopid, and Eric Rachmany of Rebelution.… Read More

Thievery Corporation: Show Review – Pier 17, NYC, 10/11/19

In the mid 90s, I became enamored with a compilation CD that I had stumbled upon called in-High-Vol-1-Vinyl/dp/B00008FQBJ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=groovin+high+vol.+1&qid=1571585022&s=music&sr=1-1">Groovin High, Vol. 1., which introduced me to the serene and spacey yet rhythmic sounds of trip-hop. Delving into this newfound genre which captivated me with its laid-back, funky jams, I discovered a new world of downtempo music, which  included a more synth-driven version of dub, the instrumental, psychedelic subgenre of reggae music which I already had an affinity for.  Read More

Throwback Thursday: Buju Banton – ‘Til Shiloh

NYC, 2am, 1990-something.  A Ford Bronco drives through the still bustling streets with its windows down and a bunch of rowdy revelers inside singing loudly along with the blasting reggae music.  

 

I am living while I am living to the father I will pray

Only him knows how we get through every day

With all the hike in the price

Arm and leg we have to pay

While our leaders play…

 

The music is Buju Banton’s ‘Til Shiloh album and the revelers are my friends and I.Read More

First Listen: The Prizefighters – Along for the Ride

 

With the recent passing of Bob Marley’s birthday on February 6, it’s easy to be reminded how far reggae has spread from its birthplace on the Caribbean island of Jamaica. Now, almost six decades later, this magical music has taken root in every corner of the world, from Japan to Sao Paulo, New Zealand to Vancouver.Read More