Frome’s Summer Reggae Party ft. Black Roots
Saturday, 2 June @ 7:30 pm - 12:00 am
Frome’s Summer Reggae Party ft. Black Roots, Troy Ellis & Hail Jamaica Band + plenty more
£15 earlybirds / £17.50 general release
Fromes Summer Reggae Party featuring live music from legendary reggae bands, DJs, fully stocked bar and heavyweight L’Acoustics soundsystem.
In spring this year, Black Roots will release their fourth studio album since 2012. Titled ‘Take It’ it features 10 new songs on the vinyl version and 11 on the CD and Download formats. The band have dedicated this album to the youth and say that ‘all our songs were inspired by the over sight of how the youth dem lost their way in the jungle of capitalism, slaying dem brothers and sisters without any hesitation, that brutality comes from the mindset of our so-called leaders. Especially the title track, Take It, sum up the world’s concept, putting money before life, not of Jahjah, the almighty God, Rastafari.’ Yes, it’s classic roots once again with beautiful vocals and harmonies punctuated by a strident horn section overlaid on a strong and deep rhythm section that delivers a conscious message. It will not disappoint those foundation roots reggae fans seeking inspiration and guidance.
The band was formed in 1979 and they exploded onto the Roots Reggae scene in 1981 when John Peel, the legendary DJ on BBC Radio 1, showcased their debut EP on his show, hailing them as one of the best new reggae bands in the UK. Their unique brand of roots reggae drew in people seeking to find a voice that spoke out against the injustices and alienation caused by the pace of political reform introduced in Thatcherite Britain. Black Roots’ uncompromising lyrical content was that voice throughout the 80’s. From these beginnings, the band toured the United Kingdom extensively playing clubs, colleges, venues and universities, and made regular appearances at Glastonbury, WOMAD, Elephant Fayre and other major festivals. They broke into the European circuit following a support slot in 1984 on UB40’s European tour; made several radio and television appearances and released several albums in this period (‘Black Roots’, ‘The Frontline’, ‘In Session’, ‘All Day All Night’, ‘Natural Reaction’ and others). But it all went quiet for the band in the early 1990s. The band seem to slide off the ends of the earth and nothing happens for over 10 years.
Their re-emergence was engineered by Makasound (France) after they approached the band, licensed and reissued some of their back catalogue ‘On the Frontline’ in 2004 and ‘In Session’ in 2007. This was followed by 2 more reissues in 2011 on Bristol Archive Records (UK) a compilation of their singles ‘The Reggae Singles Anthology’ and a reissue on CD of ‘All Day All Night’. But most importantly the band started to record new original material and in 2012 went on to release ‘On the Ground’ on Sugar Shack Records (UK). It is their first original studio album in over 20 years and is followed up by 2 more releases of original material on Soulbeats Records (France) ‘Ghetto Feel’ 2014 and ‘Son of Man’ 2016. These recordings have struck a chord highlighting once again the alienation and injustices that are emerging in Europe today as it swings inexorably to the right and people’s rights are being eroded away.
They have performed live again delivering that conscious and uncompromising message with those harmonic vocals backed by a deep melodic roots reggae rhythm that makes them so unique at festivals like Bristol Veg Fest, Glastonbury Festival, Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park London, ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror curated by Portishead at Alexandra Palace in London UK, Garance Reggae Festival Bagnols Sur Ceze, Banlieues Bleues Jazz Festival Paris, Reggae Sun Ska Bordeaux, Nomade Reggae Festival Frangy and Nancy Jazz Pulsations France; Dour Festival and Afro C Belgium; Ostroda Reggae Festival Poland; Octopode Festival Geneva Switzerland; Sardinia Reggae Festival Italy, Rototom Reggae Sunsplash Spain and many others.
TROY ELLIS & HIS HAIL JAMAICA REGGAE BAND:
The son of the late Alton Ellis, dubbed the ‘Godfather of Rocksteady’, is likened to his father in many ways; certainly not your average performer, mixing dance and vocals with a burning desire to party like his audience. He graced the streets of Jamaica from an early age to prestigious stages such as the Royal Albert Hall and Glastonbury Festival more recently, being inspired to name his 11-piece band after his father’s own Hail Jamaica album, which is bursting with family vibes and songs written by Troy’s brothers, sisters and aunty.
DJ SUPPORT FROM JOY AND HARMONY SOUNDSYSTEM, BIGGLES SOUND + GORILLA TACTICS