"All our songs were inspired by the over sight of how the youth dem lost their way in the jungle of capitalism, slaying dem brothers and sisters without any hesitation. That brutality comes from the mindset of our so-called leaders. Especially the title track, Take It, which sums up the world's concept, putting money before life, not of Jahjah, the almighty God, Rastafari". So, says the band about this album. And when you read this, it becomes clear that Black Roots are not about to be turned away from the path that they have chosen.
They have never shied away from making social and political commentary or singing about African emancipation. But always with that ability to be inclusive, encompassing all people and races into that message, speaking about knowledge, empowerment and of coming together to stand up and fight against those that seek to oppress and enslave the poor and the weak in society.
It couldn’t be a more significant time in history to impart these messages as more and more countries lurch to the right infringing and diluting the rights of minorities, refugees and the poor. There are several references to children and how they must be protected as they represent the future. But when you see the plight that they are in, the band asks are we taking hunger, poverty, displacement and the effects that this is having on them seriously? The band know this not to be true. It seems that war fuelled by greed is more important that building a world that is safe for them. There are references to false prophets making promises that are self-serving, that drive people into oppression by ensnaring and trapping them in a cycle of poverty and brutality that they cannot break out of. They refer to Trump as the reincarnation of Hitler and to the Tories in the UK as false prophets whose gift is oppression and false imprisonment. Has anything really changed, they ask?
Africa is a theme that they return to again and again. But in this set they speak of the world not being free until Africa is free and comparing the whole World to Africa. Perhaps they are reflecting that unless and until the most oppressed and downtrodden are freed then the World cannot be truly free.
This album builds on the work that Black Roots has done since 1979 when they first formed in St Pauls Bristol and is the 4th studio album since they got back together. The first of these 4 albums was On the Ground released on on Sugar Shack UK in 2012. It is followed by 2 albums Ghetto Feel 2014 and Son of Man 2016 on Soulbeats Records.
They are, also, performing live again delivering that conscious and uncompromising message with those harmonic vocals backed by a deep melodic roots reggae rhythm that makes them so unique. And in support of this new album they are touring in France in November 2018.