Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Roots Radics on Greensleeves 12" 45s

An incomplete collection of 12" 45s on the Greensleeves label released between 1979 and 1985, all featuring The Roots Radics - over 6 hours of music!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Greory Isaacs & Roots Radics - Soon Forward @ 1981 Reggae Sunsplash

Gregory Isaacs and The Roots Radics - 1981 Reggae Sunsplash -

Roots Radics featuring Bongo Herman @ Emancipation Park February 22, 2012

Roots Radics featuring Bongo Herman at Emancipation Park, Kingston, Jamaica, February 22, 2012 -

Roots Radics Tribute to Gregory Isaacs with Junior Sinclair - Novembver 2012 on "Smile Jamaica" TV

From November 2012 on Jamaican TV morning program "Smile Jamaica" -

Roots Radics In California - 1997

Roots Radics at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in 1997 -

Style Scott and Flabba Holt - brief interview

Monday, October 7, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

Original Distant Drum label - Jah Stone

On the original Distant Drum label, produced by Errol Flabba Holt - Jah Stone performing Danger to Danger on Flabba's My Heart Is In Danger -

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Brixton June 1984 Gregory Issacs / Roots Radics

    Roots Radics and Gregory Issacs at Brixton Academy, June 1984, London, UK - Flabba Holt, Binghi Bunny, Style Scott, Steely Johnson, Dwight Pinkney.

Original My Heart Is In Danger

      This is the original My Heart Is In Danger on Flabba Holt's Distant Drum label.

Flabba Holt & Prince Far I - Yes, Yes, Yes On You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)

Two More Sevens

  Two more seven inches for sale at Ernie B today - again no proceeds to Flabba Holt. Direct connection to Flabba Holt -

More Flabba Holt 7" 45 RPM singles

  More 7" 45s for sale at Ernie B - none of the sales proceeds get to Flabba Holt though. Check for direct connection to Flabba Holt.

Flabba Holt Seven Inch Forty-Fives

     Seven inch singles available from Ernie B today, yet Flabba receives no proceeds from these sales - check for digital copies controlled by Flabba Holt.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Legacy Of Bob Marley Program Cover

Legacy Of Bob Marley program cover -

Roots Radics & Junior Marvin In Rehearsal - photos - June 21, 2013

Roots Radics and Junior Marvin in rehearsal for The Legacy Of Bob Marley at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, June 21, 2013 -

From left to right - Jim Fox, Hassanah, Simone Gordon,  "Computer Paul" Henton, Junior Marvin, Style Scott, Flabba Holt, Dalton Browne, Troy Simms

photos copyright 2013 Pansegrouw

Style Scott Rehearsal Photos June 22, 2013

Style Scott at rehearsal for Legacy Of Bob Marley at The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, June 22, 2013.

all photos copyright 2013 Pansegrouw

Matisyahu, Roots Radics, Junior Marvin - No Woman, No Cry

Matisyahu with Roots Radics and Junior Marvin performing No Woman, No Cry at The Legacy Of Bob Marley performance at The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, June 23, 2013

Legacy Of Bob Marley Review - The Prices Do DC

 From The Prices Do DC -

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Legacy of Bob Marley

Bob Marley the man and masterful reggae musician is gone, but his powerful messages of love, peace, freedom, and social justice still reverberate on concert stages around the world. And nowhere was that more evident than tonight at the Kennedy Center as the facility hosted a Grammy all-star tribute to Marley, his music, and his legacy.

The artists came from as far away as Ghana and as close as neighboring Virginia. Most played Marley songs that had special meaning for them. A few performed originals that had been directly influenced by the Jamaican songwriter, who died of cancer in 1981. Before and after their selections the artists praised the man they called their mentor as a preacher, teacher, and reacher.

"Sometimes a musician is more than a musician," said the night's emcee, Dermot Hussey, a friend of Marley's and current host for Sirius/XM's all-reggae station The Joint. "Sometimes they are the social conscience of their times. Bob Marley was one."

Much of the credit for the music, which kept the sold-out Kennedy Center crowd dancing, swaying, and bouncing throughout the night, had to go to the solid back-up band, the Roots Radics, who have been turning out hits for themselves and Jamaican artists such as Bunny Wailer and Yellowman for 30 years. For much of the night, the Radics were joined by Bob Marley and the Wailers guitarist Junior Marvin, who played on many of Marley's greatest recordings and has fronted the Wailer's since Marley's death. Simone Gordon and Hassanah provided backup vocals.

International artists included Rocky Darwuni, who has been called the Bob Marley of Ghana, and David "Dread" Hinds, whose revolutionary lyrics create much of the draw of the British band Steel Pulse.

Several popular young performers on the summer festival circuit joined the tribute including Matisyahu, Citizen Cope, and Jacob Hemphill and Trevor Young of SOJA. One of the night's strongest performances  came from talented Toshi Reagon, who is originally from DC but is now based in Brooklyn.

Some of the loudest applause was given to Speech, the leader of the Atlanta rap group Arrested Development whose lyrics deal with the same social and political concerns as Marley's. Accompanied only by his guitarist from Arrested Development, Speech delivered a haunting acoustic rendition of "Redemption Song."

As you would expect, the 3-hour concert focused equally on Marley's songs of love and songs of protest. The crowd, obviously well-versed in reggae and Marley, sang along with hits such as "Get Up, Stand Up," "Stir It Up," and "No Woman, No Cry."

All the performers returned to the stage and swapped verses on "Exodus" and an anthemic "One Love/People Get Ready."

Tales, Tidbits, and Tips
The Marley concert concluded a 3-day The Legacy of Bob Marley event of the Kennedy Center's free Millennium Stage. On Friday, DC native Akua Allrich offered a jazz, blues, and soul show that included  2 Marley songs. Saturday night Southern Sudanese hip-hop artist and former child soldier delivered a show dedicated to such career-long Marley concerns as peace, social justice, and human rights. On Sunday, 2 hours before the Marley concert, the Grammy-winning hip-hop Arrested Development performed before a crowd of more than 1,000 fans who danced, bounced, and waved their hands in the air to such hits as "Tennessee" and "People Everyday."

Legacy of Bob Marley - Observer Article / Photo

From The Observer, Kingston, Jamaica -

Lauding Bob Marley's legacy

Howard Campbell
Thursday, June 27, 2013

BOB Marley's natural mystic took over the John F Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts in Washington, DC last Sunday, where a diverse cast paid tribute to one of pop music's icons.

The Legacy Of Bob Marley, a joint production between the Kennedy Center and the Grammy Museum, featured reggae acts David Hinds of Steel Pulse, former Wailers guitarist Junior Marvin, Trevor Young and Jacob Hemphill of SOJA; as well as Speech of Arrested Development, Matisyahu, Toshi Reagon, Ghanaian singer Rocky Dawuni, Citizen Cope and Alice Smith. All were backed by the Roots Radics Band.

Musicologist/disc jockey Dermot Hussey, who was the event's master of ceremonies, told the Jamaica Observer that the evening went "very well. It was sold out by Friday and the crowd loved every bit of it".
According to Hussey, some of the more memorable performances came from Toshi Reagan, daughter of Bernice Reagon Johnson, a founding member of gospel group Sweet Honey In The Rock. She performed an acoustic version of Sun is Shining.

Rocky Dawuni performed War and Get Up Stand Up while Speech did Redemption Song. Hinds, who toured with Steel Pulse as Marley's opening act in 1978, delivered an acoustic rendition of Concrete Jungle.
SOJA, which hails from Arlington, Virginia, cite Marley as one of their biggest influences. They did Running Away and So Much Trouble.

Marley, who died in 1981 from cancer at age 36, is the latest pop culture to be recognised by the Kennedy Center. Actor Dustin Hoffman, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand and blues guitarist Buddy Guy are among the recipients of awards from the Kennedy Center.

During the finale - From L to R - Citizen Cope, Rocky Duwani, Junior Marvin, Trevor Young, Style Scott (behind drums), Flabba Holt

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Roots Radics in Emancipation Park, Feb. 2012

From The Observer - review of February 15, 2012, Roots Radics' performance in Kingston, Jamaica.

Another great night of reggae in the park

BY BASIL WALTERS Observer staff reporter
Friday, February 17, 2012

JAMAICA Reggae Industry Association's (JaRIA) free weekly concert continued at Emancipation Park in New Kingston on Wednesday with a 'livication' (dedication) to dub poetry and the veterans. It was a rich musical treat.

Dancehall singer Triston Palmer, still sounding as fresh as ever, has not lost anything over the years. The 50-year-old set was short and spicy. He took time out to make a resounding plea to the generation of entertainers who came after him.

"You have some yute weh come inna di business and dem waan mash it up. Wi nah call nuh name, wi not cussing dem. Wi only a tell dem sey, keep the music clean 'caa (because) other kids coming. And wi can't take the dirty lyrics and the unda dis and unda dat," exclaimed the singer, before he segued into his vintage hit song Entertainment. This was the song that brought him to the attention of producer/deejay Jah Thomas.
Palmer also rocked the event with his 1982 Greensleeves standards Joker Smoker, Prophecy and Good Sensimina. He ended with a shortened version of Save the Last Dance For Me.

Dub poet Mutabaruka gave a commanding performance. Accompanied by a band of musicians, inclusive of guitarist Maurice Gordon, Desi Jones on drums, Dale Haslam on bass, Christopher McDonald on keyboard, Mutabaruka delivered a superb set from start to finish.

'Muta' made his grand appearance in a regal African robe accompanied by Abba Zero, who was similarly attired holding colourful umbrella over the head of the poet.

"Will you please stand. First, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Judge One Thousand Years. Some people call me Judge Better Mus Come. I am from Africa and ah come to try all you politicians, preachers and badman for selling out black people," Mutabaruka began.

The high point of Mutabaruka's set was his tribute to Bob Andy. "Bob Andy is the greatest songwriter coming out of Jamaica. The other day dem have a tribute to Bob Andy and we were forced to write a poem for Bob Andy. But we couldn't write something out of our head, so what we did, we took couple of Bob Andy's songs and put them together as one poem. Weh dem call a collage..." he informed the audience gathered in the popular green space.

With that said, Bob Andy appeared on stage singing his hit Feeling Soul which provided the score to Muta's presentation.

Another powerful segment of the evening featured the Roots Radics Band backing singer Deh Deh on No Vacancy and I don't Want to Be Lonely. But the portion of the programme dedicated to Gregory Isaacs was the most exciting. It featured Junior Sinclair imitating the late Cool Ruler in dress, attitude and sound. He outdid himself with such renditions as Boarder, Night Nurse and Tune In. Bongo Herman too made his presence felt as usual utilising his various percussion instruments, as well as vocals, on Rastaman Chant and Rocksteady.

Earlier in the programme, local pioneer of dub poetry Oku Onoura gave yet again another satisfying performance as well as Jah Mason, the Blue Print and Kurfew bands, and the reggae vocalist/deejay duo Bruossai from out of France.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

Gregory Isaacs & Roots Radics 1982 Los Angeles

Bob  Marley concert archive has more than Bob Marley....... web site below to hear original music..... from the archives

Gregory Isaacs & Roots Radics- Los Angeles, Ca, Roxy, 1982-08-21 Late Show Complete Show

01 MC Intro for the Roots Radics
02 Pass the Kouchie Instrumental
03 NN Instrumental
04 MC Intro for Gregory Isaacs
05 Gregory Isaacs Instrumental Medley
06 Tune in
07 Mr. Brown
08 Storm
09 Slave Master
10 My Number One
11 Sunday Morning
CD 02
01 Soon forward
02 Poor and Needy
03 Oh what a Feeling (snippets: Have you ever / DENNIS BROWN)
04 Mary
05 Substitute
06 Love is overdue
07 Front Door – MC
08 MC
09 Border – MC

Radics and IV - Philadelphia tour poster

Roots Radics on the road with Israel Vibration - United States 

Fri Feb 15th - San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brew

Sat Feb 16th - San Diego, CA - The Baypark Marina - Legends Festival

Sun Feb 17th - Santa Cruz, CA - Moe's Alley

Tues Feb 19th - San Francisco, CA - The Independent

Wed. Feb 20th - Laytonville, CA - Boomer's

Thurs Feb 21st - Arcata, CA - The Arcata Theatre

Sat Feb 23rd - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre

Sun Feb 24th - Seattle, WA - Neumos

Tues Feb 26th - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House

Wed. Feb 27th - Los Angeles, CA - The Dub Club

Thurs. Feb 28th - Park City, UT - Park City Live

Fri March 1st - Crested Butte, CO - The Eldo

Sat March 2nd - Denver, CO - The Gothic Theatre

Fri March 8th - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre

Sat March 9th - Philadelphia, PA - The Blockley

Sun March 10th - Washington DC - The Howard Theatre

Tues March 12th - New York, NY - BB Kings