Morgan Heritage and the Morgan family helped keep the fire alive, like high priests and priestesses guarding a heritage. So it’s our pleasure that they chose to kick off their latest resurgence on Rootfire with the release of “We Are Warriors”, a roots anthem that features SOJA’s Bobby Lee and re-establishes Morgan Heritage’s voice in the scene, layering Soul and R&B stylings over the band’s signature Roots Reggae sound. “We Are Warriors” is an invitation to all conscious people to stand up and join the reggae movement.
The Movement is back with “Rescue,” their debut single on Rootfire. To celebrate the song’s release we are giving away a prize pack that includes a pair of tickets to see the band in concert, a Movement hoodie, and an embroidered logo snapback hat.
Rootfire Soundclash: Saturday, May 23 @ Planet Gemini - Monterey, CA
An evening of original music and classic covers. Hosted by Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and The Expanders with members of The Green and Westbound Train. Opening set by Expanders Sound System.
A very limited amount of tickets go on sale Friday, April 10 @ 10 AM PST.
I tracked down the master iPod playlist for the ship and out of the 367 tunes that made up the unceasing soundtrack, I put together three hours of mostly reggae tunes from nearly 50 artists that represented the flavor of the Norwegian Pearl on those four endless nights. Welcome to Part 1 of the 311 iPod playlist from the 2015 Soundsystem Jamaica cruise.
Seth, I want to thank you for the album. I listen for good music everywhere. It’s hard to find. You found it. There is something primal about roots reggae. Every generation connects. And, this album of world-infused, reggae groove is perfect. You’re on the right track with Rootfire. Don
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 and we played winner stays well into the night with the friendly ferocity that brings out the best kind of invention and athleticism.
Ever since I started to play music, I have dreamed of playing Bob Marley music.… Read More
Issue #7 turns the page on a new chapter at Rootfire. It was the first time we really asked to hear from you, and the stories you sent in were incredible. The whole thing started with Keenan Donath, who introduced Fortunate Youth's new single "My Love", but it reached new heights with all the amazing messages you sent during our vinyl and concert ticket giveaways.
While the music of Fortunate Youth is constantly spreading to new audiences due to the band’s rigorous tour schedule, familiar followers will instantly recognize the sound of the new single, which fits right in with all-time favorite tracks like “Sweet Love” and “Love Is The Most High.” This is music to unwind to.
Rebelution is playing two SOLD OUT shows this week at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA.
You have the opportunity to give one of your friends a pair of tickets to see Rebelution on March 11.
The Rules Are Simple:
Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In 3-5 sentences tell us why your buddy should be given the tickets.… Read More
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 tonic with which to treat the malarial affliction of global inequality and wake suburban America up out of its complacent unreality.
The Skints are a band with a mature sound that references the ‘80s London scene that brought forth amazing new music, and in many ways spawned what happened in California a musical generation later. The group’s third album FM is primed to further establish interdependence between the US and UK reggae markets.