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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.”album-premiere/" class="read-more">Read More

Alific album to be released Sept 10 on Rootfire Records

Writer Sehmaj Surreal describes Rootfire as “an antenna for the right people to connect with the right people, about the right things.” Depending on which lens you are looking through, the idea may be ambitious or ambiguous. It is with Surreal’s sentiment in mind that Rootfire shares ideas, in hopes that we will all be brought closer to the people we should connect with and vice versa.… Read More

Rootfire Rewind

Welcome to the Rootifre Rewind podcast! Hosted by our editor, Dave Shiffman, the Rootfire Rewind podcast will revisit editorial content from over the years to deliver it in a fresh new format. Listen to the music, learn about the artists you love, and discover new ones.… Read More

Vinyl Giveaway: Gregory Isaacs’ “Rebirth Of The Cool Ruler” Vinyl LP

Win a vinyl copy of Rebirth Of The Cool Ruler, a 15-track excursion into the late reggae singer Gregory Isaacs’ late 80s/early 90s catalog with producer King Jammy, featuring a host of top contemporary artists singing alongside the ‘Cool Ruler.’

Feature artists include Shaggy, Sean Paul, Bounty Killer, Junior Reid, Chaka Demus, Alborosie, Bunny General, and Ras Shiloh and current artists Jesse Royal, Projexx, Aza Lineage, Ras Demo, Brandon The Messenjah, Claire Angel, and Flinix.Read More

First Listen Premiere + Vinyl Giveaway: The Slackers – “Kill You”

I want to kill you, but I’m not allowed, at least not right now

I want to kill you, so you’d best watch out when the shit goes down

– The Slackers “Kill You”


In March of 2022, Rootfire premiered a track titled “Hanging On”  from The Slackers then forthcoming album, Don’t Let the Sunlight Fool Ya, one of their finest from an impressive catalog that spans over thirty years.… Read More

Artist Spotlight: Emeterians

Music, reggae in particular, is an extremely powerful medium that transcends lingual, geographic and cultural borders, brings people together and can foster change and elevate consciousness. With this in mind, as a platform for reggae music worldwide, Rootfire has always strove to not only promote American artists but to also shine a light on work that we endorse from beyond our shores.… Read More

Women In Reggae: Miss Ashley of KEXP

Seattle-based radio host and music selector, Miss Ashley, shares her story and music selections.

Music really brings people together, and it’s not every day I get to meet another reggae radio host. When I first got connected with Miss Ashley from KEXP-Seattle, I felt we were two peas in a pod.Read More