Thu 01 Jan 1970
A celebratory night of live roots reggae music to honour what would have been thee 70th birthday of the reggae legend Bob Marley.
Black Roots are a roots reggae band from the St. Pauls area of Bristol, England that originally formed up in 1979. It wasnt long before their brand of roots reggae started to draw 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. They gained national prominence when they released their debut 4 track 12 Bristol Rock in 1981 on their own label Nubian Records. John Peel picked up on it gave it national airplay on his BBC Radio 1 show and hailed them as one of the best new reggae bands in Britain.
‘If anyone tells you that there is no such thing as good British reggae, first tell them that they are a herbert and then listen to Black Roots.’
‘Quite simply, Black Roots are the next great hope for reggae in this country.’
JON FUTRELL, BLACK ECHOES