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

This past fall, as part of our Women In Reggae series, Rootfire published an 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

The Little Festival That Could: Success for the Inaugural Arizona Roots Music and Arts Festival

With California Roots hitting its tenth year in full stride in 2019 and other festivals like Reggae Rise Up growing rapidly every year, there is no denying that the reggae festival community is doing well. Yet while the chance of running into friends from far and wide is always a plus at these festivals, whose attendance is measured in the tens of thousands, sometimes the crowds leave us jonesing for the good old days of smaller audiences and homegrown vibes.… Read More

First Listen: Reggae Mandela – South Africa

With 40 years under its belt, few labels have the scope that VP Records brings to the table. But four decades of bringing reggae music to the masses isn’t all that’s being celebrated; this month, in conjunction with African-American History Month, VP is releasing Reggae Mandela, a compilation of heavy-hitting roots reggae that honors the fight for freedom in South Africa and the leader who helped bring the end to apartheid, Nelson Mandela.… Read More