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jamaican roots revival

Postby crimson flames » Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:08 pm

Ive been reading and hearing about something of a roots revival going on in Jamaica, with bands playing real instruments in a 70s revival style.
Im sorry if this has been discussed here before, but I was hoping people might give a few links to some songs and bands.
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Re: jamaican roots revival

Postby Primitive Don » Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:05 am

Possibly taking about Protoje who has a live band called Indiggnation, but as far as I can tell his tracks are built by Don Corleone in the studio. Production is kind of glossy, but good music nonetheless. I like both his albums; they have roots elements but not exactly live.


Also enjoy some tunes by his bredren Chronixx:

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Re: jamaican roots revival

Postby johnnyB » Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:34 am

Bands like Raging Fyah,Roots Underground,Pentateuch seem to do well these times even if I never heard anything absolutely crucial from them.
Real top ranking contemporary JA roots artists are in my opinion are Jah9 and Protoje who released two great albums in 2013 (the Jah9 is the strongest album to come out of JA in a while).
Also take a listen to people like Chronixx,Iba Mahr,Kabaka Pyramid or Exco Levi.Their time will come soon!
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Re: jamaican roots revival

Postby ian » Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:33 am

Yes there have been a number of self-contained bands coming through in the last couple of years. Most of them have studied at the Edna Manley College of Performing Arts and were taught by Ibo Cooper (Third World) and so have that late 70's Third World flavour to a some of their recordings. Here's some examples of 4 bands who have all released albums....

Pentateuch - Stuggles Of Africa... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8BjiCn-Zh0

Raging Fyah - Judgement Day... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvxZOteZo_s

Uprising Roots Band - Steamers... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9VWWILBOdw

Dubtonic Kru - Overcome... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXDmKy_tANg

But if you're looking for something a bit tougher then as Johnny B says, Jah9's album New Name should be what you're looking for...

...and for an extra bonus, here's Chronixx live in his yard... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYZZ1_W4zyE
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Re: jamaican roots revival

Postby King Timmy » Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:42 am

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Re: jamaican roots revival

Postby underated » Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:12 pm

Yeah i have read a few topics on this board about a roots revival,
must say though, i'm still waiting for it to happen :)

While the music i have heard sounds okay, something about it sounds pretentious & boring.
It's almost like someone in JA said..........the Europeans want roots , so lets give it to them !

I have not heard anything yet that is amazing,
perhaps the younger generation might like it though.
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Re: jamaican roots revival

Postby Reggie Love » Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:06 pm

I think the Raging Fyah is mostly excellent and play it a lot -one of the best debut sets of recent years. It only here came here on cd a few months ago but was out in 2011.
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