Friday, December 7, 2007

Bunny Wailer - Roots, Rockers, Radics, Reggae - Live at Ford Charles, Jamaica, 1988) (Video Review)

Dubroom (DUB) Reggae Video Review

WWW, December 2007 - In 1988, this tune was already a classic. In 2007, this video is historical. Behold one more reason why Reggae cyaan die!

The last part of the 1980's was a very special time, in a way. Ragga and Dancehall were hot, while in Jamaican Studio's digital technology slowly took over much of the analogue material used in the decades before that.

The "War on Drugs" had taken it's toll, too, when many of the Ganja Fields were burned down and cokane flooded Jamaica like never before. Guns and violence were obviously attached to all of this and it wasn't like Jamaica was a peaceful place before that, either.

It was the years before what some call the Rasta Renaissance would be a fact with Tony Rebel and others bringing back Consciousness and Righteousness, too.

It is within this context, that we meet with Bunny Wailer in one of his Jamaican performances. He's about to sing the tune called Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae which deals directly with the fact that Roots will always have to be there, for what is a tree without roots?

JAH B is known for his impressive performances, and this one is no exception to that either. He uses his whole body to express the lyrics he sings and continually interacts with the audience and the band.

The sound that the band produces, was very contemporary in that time. The drummer, for example, would use a combination of acoustic and digital drums and the keyboards were updated as well.



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