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Black Roots are a roots reggae band from the St. Paul's area of Bristol, England that originally formed up in 1979. It wasn’t long before their brand of roots reggae started to draw in people seeking to find a voice that spoke out against the injustices and alienation caused by the pace of political reform introduced in Thatcherite Britain. Black Roots’ uncompromising lyrical content was that voice. They gained national prominence when they released their debut 4 track 12” Bristol Rock in 1981 on their own label Nubian Records. John Peel picked up on it gave it national airplay on his BBC Radio 1 show and hailed them as one of the best new reggae bands in Britain. 2 live radio sessions followed one in 1981 and the other in 1983.

From these beginnings, the band start to do shows up and down the country and broke into Europe circuit following a support slot in 1984 on UB40’s European tour. Right up and until the early 90’s Black Roots work the live circuit extensively, playing clubs, colleges, venues and universities, and make regular appearances at Glastonbury, WOMAD, Elephant Fayre and other major festivals. They also make several radio and television appearances.

They released several singles and albums well into the 1990's, Black Roots (1983 on Kick Records); The Frontline (1984) and In Session (1985) on BBC Records and Tapes and Allday Allnight (1986), Live Power (1989), Natural Reaction (1990) and With Friends (1993) on their own label Nubian Records. They also released a series of 3 dub albums called Dub Factor featuring mixes of Black Roots’ rhythms by The Mad Professor and Dub Judah between 1991 and 1995.

And then everything goes quiet. The band seems to slide off the ends of the earth and nothing happens until 2004. But that loyal following of theirs continues to search out their music and it is this loyalty that leads to their re-emergence.

Makasound, a reggae label in France, contacts a member of the band and they agree to rerelease some of their back catalogue. First comes a 14 track CD On The Frontline (2004) and this is followed by a reissue of In Session (2007). Live shows in France follow and the band’s rebirth is almost complete. It is cemented by Bristol Archive Records that started putting out more of their back catalogue, a compilation of their singles The Reggae Singles Anthology (2011) and a reissue of Allday Allnight (2011) with bonus tracks. This collaboration culminated in September 2012 when Sugar Shack Records (a sister label) in collaboration with Nubian Records release the band's first studio album in over 20 years entitled On The Ground (September 2012) on vinyl and compact disc and follow this up with On The Ground In Dub (March 2013).

Although the band do not tour extensively any longer, this new interest has leads to them playing a series of selected live shows both in the UK and the Continent that include Bristol Veg Fest, 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, Cabaret Sauvage in Paris France, Festival Ecolozicalizes in France and many others.

This year they are playing at Gully Open Air Stage in Silver Hayes at Glastonbury Festival on Firday 28th June in the early evening.

Today’s line-up includes 6 of the original members of the band Errol Brown (vocals), Charles Bryan (vocals), Kondwani Ngozi (congas and vocals), Jabulani Ngozi (rhythm guitar), Cordell Francis (lead guitar) and Carlton Smith (vocals). They are supported in the studio and on the live shows by Senouci Madani Hardy (bass guitar), Anthony 'Drumtan' Ward (drums), David Henry Holder (keyboards), Raymond Carless (Saxaphone) and Patrick Anthony Tenue (trumpet).

Although they have never signed to a major label the band is renowned and followed worldwide. Their melodic and vibrant form of Roots Reggae from the 80’s and 90’s and now contains a very powerful and relevant message that is very much liked and widely respected.
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Dear +Rupert Cheek , please post as much as you can here as this is our community and not +Matty James music community, I want people to respect us and it is up to us to help music, so now I wont moan about it, but lets encourage one another to share and promote eachothers links , post all your websites here too and I will share what I can for all to see, dont let people just spam it please...cheers buddy
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Dear people who want to use this music community , please come and talk to +Matty James , dont just come and spam the page as I am not the easiest of people to get on with , I will just delete and block you especially if you post music not from the little isles of Great britain , otherwise know as the United Kingdom....if this is a problem for you , I suggest you start your own community, I will give extra support to the people who share the community and plus one and share peoples posts, as you can see there is only just over 500 people in this community and it will grow only if you help it too, I am going to post this as Jamie T dont need support as he is signed to EMI......really hope you notice what I am saying
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Comment below if you would like to play a few songs at HOA #17 hosted by +Jonathan Blackshire.  You will be able to stream the video from this event page or from this Youtube channel. (http://goo.gl/pa2ph)  Be sure to specify your time slot in your comment.  We also have 3 spots for audience members to join us in the hangout.

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Our Songwriters Showcase is an open mic Hangout On Air where you can play 1 - 3 songs (i.e., 5 to 15 minutes with no interview). This hangout is a virtual open mic for live musicians held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month. Participants are encouraged to engage in storytelling as well as just playing music. Instrumentalists are still welcome and there is of course no requirement that storytelling be included.

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Hopefully I will manage to keep this a spam free community as this is not where you advertise your beats for sale or music from timbuktu, take time out and start your own community page, I have people posting here without even circling me or saying hello , they obviously know nothing about how the world wide web works........HAVER SOME RESPECT PLEASE AND TAKE A LOOK AND SHARE THE COMMUNITY AND SHARE POSTS ....they will be the people I take time out to promote, much respect from +Matty James +Matty James +Matty James of the +G+Factor and another 101 pages and google + sites, so if you want to block me make sure you block all of them, saves me time blocking and deleting you.....arrogant and rude...........YES I AM.......SORRY ABOUT THAT.......we dont all drink tea and live in castles
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I AM SERIOUSLY HERE TO HELP PROMOTE MUSIC FROM THE UK AND AM WANTING PEOPLE TO SHARE EACHOTHERS LINKS , AM WANTING PEOPLE TO SUPPORT BRISTOL REGGAE AND OF COURSE TO ME BLACK ROOTS ARE THE TOP REGGAE BAND FROM BRISTOL , SO PLEASE SUPPORT THEM AS THEY ARE THE TOP REGGAE BAND FROM BRISTOL AND BELOW HERE IS THE LINK , SO SHOW SOME RESPECT AND BIG EACH OTHER UP
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HOW MANY MORE OF YOU THOUGHT THAT YONKERS IN NEW YORK CITY WAS IN THE UK...................... I THOUGHT THE 4TH JULY SAID YOU WERE NO LONGER A PART OF WHAT US BRITS DO............. SO SPAMMERS WHO THINK YOU CAN SPAM OUR MUSIC PAGE.....LEARN ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA AND NETWORKING AS I DONT GIVE PEOPLE ANY CHANCES....I JUST BAN THEM AND GIVE NOBODY THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT AS THE UNITED KINGDOM SHORES HAS THE BEST MUSIC IN THE WOORLD , ESPECIALLY FOR THE SIZE OF OUR LITTLE ISLAND AND OF COURSE WE LOOK TO AMERICA FOR INSPIRATION, BUT HEY AMERICANS SPAM YOUR OWN COMMUNITY , NOT OURS
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well done to you +Matt Hale I am always here to support all the music from the UK, I do try my best to show support and want as many people who use this community to share and support one another , but they dont , they just spam the page expecting something to happen for them, best wishes for you from +Matty James from +Paint with fire music 
 
Today I fulfilled a lifelong dream. Finally some of my music is distributed and available to buy on iTunes. The challenge wasn't the distribution, but the production. I've been working on my techniques for more than a decade and this is the culmination of everything I have been aiming for since I was only 17 years old. 

Thank you to everyone who has provided inspiration, sound tech advice, equipment, software, and most importantly critique. Without those very few good people I call friends, I just wouldn't have the minerals to make this happen. So, from the bottom of my heart... Thank you!

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i may as well post my music in my community.....I RARELY DO IT AND ADVISE PEOPLE NOT TO SPAM THE COMMUNITY..if you want promoting then promote others and they may also do the same in return
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this is not spam, this is help +John Voshell and +Artists In The Plus to get some more funds for this project, hope more could have helped him out
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