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Black Roots - Take It

Black Roots - Take It

Black Roots - Take It

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Take It proves Black Roots have stayed true to themselves again and continue to share their political stance in their lyrics.


Black Roots - Take ItOur attention towards activists and their protest is usually drawn by the visual and physical – Large crowds outside of buildings, loud chanting and signs. But the things which are in our path unseen and unconsciously can be the most effective when a change is taking place. Something more Guerrilla art rather than the big crowds shouting outside of parliament can slip into affect more smoothly and subtly and does not demand attention but is accessibly seen/ effective no matter the environment. Like Guerrilla art to Reggae music, the subconscious is influenced by its objective through the means of just being around it. Reggae music does its thing by being there and putting smiles on our faces for its relaxed beats and the easygoingness of it. The messages of Rastafari beliefs are laced in the lyrics and hung on the off-beat rhythm. You feel bounded to the calmness of Reggae music when being in the same room as it. Its message is there and does not have to be forced upon.

One group of artists which triumphed superbly in this area is Black Roots. The group formed in 1979 in Bristol and have released a number of albums in the 80’s. They resurged with their album On The Ground in 2012 after their release of Black Roots The Reggae Singles Anthology the year previously. This was their first time together again in the studio making music around 20 years on. The group did not form with the ideals of music becoming their careers, the four got together and cemented over mutual beliefs. Through this outlet they have made great success as reggae artists and standing for their political views.

New album, Take It, proves Black Roots have stayed true to themselves again and continue to share their political stance in their lyrics. The songs give mention to the Tories, Trump, Thatcher and Cameron. The album, like the others instigate togetherness and amalgamate the positivity derived from Rastafarian beliefs. The attention gripping sound of the horns still garnish the songs, the Rastaman step is in the beats and the irie feeling is maintained just like they did in the 80’s.

Black Roots - Take It was released on 2nd November 2018 with liner notes from Angus Taylor.

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