Roots Radio Stations

Roots reggae is a subgenre of reggae that deals with the everyday lives and aspirations of the artists concerned, including the spiritual side of Rastafari and the honoring of God, called Jah by Rastafari. It also is identified with the life of the ghetto sufferer, and the rural poor. Lyrical themes include spirituality and religion, poverty, black pride, social issues, resistance to government and racial oppression, and repatriation to Africa.

The increasing influence of the Rastafari movement after the visit of Haile Selassie to Jamaica in 1966 played a major part in the development of roots reggae, with spiritual themes becoming more common in reggae lyrics in the late 1960s. Important early roots reggae releases included Winston Holness’s “Blood & Fire” (1970) and Yabby You’s “Conquering Lion” (1972). Political unrest also played its part, with the 1972 election campaign of Michael Manley targeting the support of Jamaica’s ghetto communities. Increasing violence associated with the opposing political parties was also a common lyrical theme, with tracks such as Junior Murvin’s “Police & Thieves” and Culture’s “Two Sevens Clash”.

The heyday of roots reggae is usually considered the latter half of the 1970s – with artists such as The Abyssinians, Johnny Clarke, Cornell Campbell, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, Max Romeo, Horace Andy, Hugh Mundell, and Lincoln Thompson, and groups like Black Uhuru, Steel Pulse, Israel Vibration, The Gladiators and Culture – teaming up with producers such as Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Bunny Lee, Joseph Hoo Kim and Coxsone Dodd. The experimental pioneering of such producers within often-restricted technological parameters gave birth to dub, and is seen by some music historians as one of the earliest (albeit analogue) contributions to modern dance music production techniques.

Roots reggae also became very popular in Europe in the 1970s, especially among left-wing white youths in Western Europe. The Wailers’ popularity in Europe opened the door for other artists, and roots reggae artists became popular with punk rock fans. When Jamaicans turned to dancehall, a lot of black, white and mixed roots reggae bands were formed in Europe. Later on roots reggae also made its way into the United States with the mass migration of Jamaicans to New York. This took place with the reforms made to American immigration laws in the early 1960s. Along with localized traditions and food, reggae music was inevitably brought as well, contributing to the New York City soundscape, such as the development of hip-hop.

WaveGlobe Radio

WaveGlobe Radio

London, United Kingdom

A Musical Journey Around The World. WaveGlobe Radio takes you on a journey through musical instruments, traditions and cultures. We follow the routes music has taken for thousands of years, from ancient songs to contemporary sounds. If the player above doesn’t start correctly you might want to reload the page. Read more…

Tagged In ethnic music,folk,traditional and world music

In Your Eyes radio

In Your Eyes radio

Savona, SV, Italia

In Your Eyes is totally disconnected from logical and dynamic publishing: our employees also take care of the graphic ideation/execution and the online content curation, in a DIY manner. In Your Eyes is linked to concepts of self and of ‘ absolute independence. Read more…

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Joint Radio Reggae

Joint Radio Reggae

Tel Aviv-Yafo, ישראל

Joint Radio Reggae is an Internet radio station that plays a wide range of Reggae music around the clock 24/7. We love our work and our goal is to bring you the best Reggae music. In addition, we host friends during our broadcasts. Read more…

Tagged In dub,Reggae,roots and Ska

Voxvibe Radio

Voxvibe Radio

United Kingdom

Voxvibe Radio is a new up and coming radio station thats based in the luton area of bedfordshire that aims to provide a good service. We play most genre’s of music. We put our listeners first. We play the best music. We are the best. Read more…

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Outta My Yard Radio

Outta My Yard

Netherlands

Online radio station based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Broadcasting 24/7 reggae, roots, dub, conscious vibrations. Live Djs from all around the world, interactive video chat room. Special sessions and guests. Out of many yards, one big radio station. Outta Mi Yard Radio. Reggae, Roots, DJ and Dub radio station. Read more…

Tagged In dancehall,Dj,dub,live,Reggae,roots and soundsystem