This video features track one of Black Roots’ latest release – I Believe EP out on 26th May 2017.
This is another heavyweight remix offering from the mighty roots reggae band Black Roots hailing from St Paul’s Bristol. On this mix Jah Garvey, also an emcee from Bristol, joins Black Roots in the lyrical mix, to add another layer of reasoning to the underlying message of this song.
Black Roots sing that “life in the system is not easy because it doesn’t cater for I and I but if you believe in the higher power you can still hold your head up high”. Isn’t that the truth! In spite of the fact that the “system” has discriminated against you, that life for you is hard and difficult, that you are powerless and disenfranchised you can still find that inner strength and belief in the higher power to show you the way to transcend this pressure, believe in yourself and live positive.
Jah Garvey and Buggsy, 2 M.C.s based in St Paul’s Bristol, join Black Roots in the lyrical mix, to add another layer of reasoning to the underlying message of this song. Jah Garvey too is a roots artist inspired by his exposure to the plight of people that he encounters on his daily journeys and feels that he must support their lives through his music encouraging happiness, enlightenment, personal growth and development. He features on 3 of the mixes and Buggsy who describes himself as the fast spitting Rasta mc from St Paul’s Bristol, boasting a flow like an automatic weapon features on 1 mix. He describes himself as a soldier in Jah Army joining up with the ‘old skool’ to help to deliver a message full of “truth and right” and shows his respect for Black Roots in the lyrics that he chats.
Black Roots are a roots reggae band from the St. Paul’s area of Bristol, England formed in 1979. They toured extensively in the UK and Europe in the 1980s and early 1990s releasing several albums and singles during that time before disappearing from the music scene for about ten years. Their comeback began when Soundicate/Makasound, a record label in France, released an album in 2004 and followed it up with another in 2007 (both were compilations made up from their extensive back catalogue). In December 2010 they performed their first live show for some twenty years at the Trinity Hall in Bristol and since then they have been active once again, playing live dates and releasing a new album.
The band have played a series of live shows, since they reformed in 2010, both in the UK and in Europe, including Bristol Veg Fest 2011 and 2014, ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror curated by Portishead at Alexandra Palace in London, Sardinia Reggae Festival in Italy, WOW Festival in the Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, Lambeth Country Show in Brockworth Park in London, Festival Ecolozicalizes, Garance Reggae Festival and Reggae Sun Ska in France, Dour in Belgium, Ostroda Reggae Festival in Poland, Octopode in Switzerland and many others.
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