'How Long' New Digital Single Out Now
‘How Long’ is the second single taken from the band’s next album ‘Take It’ that is out on 2nd November 2018. The song is a chant that asks the question ‘How Long’ do we have to wait before all that was promised will come to pass. It does not question the wisdom or the over-standing that one day mankind will be free but is asking when it will happen and expresses the hope that it will be soon.
The Chorus sets the central theme of the song with the statement that ‘if Africa no free the World can’t be free’, it is a plea to recognise that without freedom coming to Africa, the cradle of civilization, where oppression, brutality and poverty have been a scourge, how can it be possible for the whole world to be free. Just look at what is happening today.
With biblical references to ‘the flood’ that was designed to purify and Moses coming out of bondage speaking to the god of Abraham the song’s first verse ends by saying don’t listen to the doubters because ‘what was once has always been Zion in the eye of JahJah’.
Then to the present where the litany turns to criticising ‘the negative of small mindedness holding onto to the mass of the people’, it compares the whole World to Africa and the tactic of divide and conquer as a way of exercising control condemning the ‘destruction of your fellow man’ and saying that this is not the policy of Mount Zion.
The song ends raising questions and seeking answers warning against listening to false prophets who make claims that are untrue sowing the seeds of division and doubt, and finishes by stating that no man is or can be an interpreter of things between Jah and man.
It is a very powerful song full of reasonings that should be taken in the spirit that they are made and heeded by us.
Stream or Download: http://smarturl.it/BlackRootsHowLong
'Take It' Digital Single, Video Clip and France Tour Dates
'TAKE IT' TOUR FRANCE
15th - Le Trabendo, Paris
16th - La Sirene, La Rochelle
17th - La Grange a Musique, Creil
18th - La Tannerie, Bourg en Bresse
20th - La Nef, Angouleme
21st - Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux
22nd - L'Atabal, Biarrritz
23rd - Stereolux, Nantes
24th - La Ferme de Gwernandour, Braspart
*Soon come to France*
*Roots Reggae Lives*
'Take It, sums up the world's concept, putting money before life, not of Jah Jah, the almighty God, Rastafari,’ says the band about this song.
With its cascading piano intro, ‘Take It’ reprimands those who prey on the weak selling drugs on street corners, likening them to stockbrokers gambling with their lives for money ‘destroying and polluting the weak’. It accuses the rich of putting the poor in chains playing games with their lives, influencing and inveigling them into ways that bind them into poverty. Often, they end up homeless with no roof over their heads struggling to make ends meet or using drugs to forget the poverty that they find themselves in.
It is a spiral of despair and a cycle that it is difficult to break out of once you are bound into it, so it heeds not to be influenced or drawn into these ways. The song pleads ‘Poor people unite, it’s the strength whether you’re Black or White, stand up and fight, together one voice can break the chains of brutality’.
This positive message is simply put across in the video that supports this release. You see the despair that the youth finds himself in, high on drugs and alcohol begging passers-by for money so that he can get his next fix. Most brush him aside and look down on him, so typical of the lack of compassion for your fellow human that increasingly characterises the world today.
The message is clear next time you see someone down on their luck do not just walk past them and leave them in the gutter. Pick them up, help them by at least taking them to a place where they can get the assistance that they need.
This new song is yet another example of how important it is for the band to sing about and describe the hardships and tribulations that they witness in their community. But always with a sense of hope that things will improve. That truth and justice will prevail.
With this new song ’Take It’, Black Roots signals the start of a journey that will culminate with the release of a new album on 2nd November 2018 called ‘Take It’. It is the first of 3 digital only single releases that will showcase the album before it comes out this autumn on Vinyl, CD and Digital Download.
STREAM OR DOWNLOAD: http://smarturl.it/BlackRootsTakeIt
‘After their last Soulbeats Records release "Ghetto Feel" ... comes the newest Black Roots album, "Son of man". 11 fresh songs, released on this French flagship label, packed with harmonious vocals which carry melodic guitars, charismatic horns and the powerful messages of the band to the world. 30 years after their debut the legendary UK roots reggae band with "Son of Man" show that they are still able ... to make influential and wonderful music!’
‘Some 50 minutes of ... quality roots reggae across 11 tracks await you on this recent album from Black Roots’ ‘Son Of Man’ on the French Soulbeats label ... So the recommendation is to get your dancing shoes on (and thinking cap) on this fine feast of roots reggae. In brief, the compilation, .. is .. an engaging amalgam of high horn hooks, catchy rhythms, conscious lyrics and clever choruses ...’
(Gerry McMahon – WorldaReggae.com 19th April 2016)
‘At first Son Of Man might seem like nothing more than a charming throwback to the golden age of UK reggae, but as the album goes on it keeps getting better and better as the songs gradually imprint themselves and the melodies start to resound.’
(Phil Johnson – Independent on Sunday 21st February 2016)
‘The band sounds rejuvenated on this latest album ... Fans know what to expect, and Black Roots don’t disappoint ... There’s quality in what they do. The songs are well considered and they use a full complement of instruments ... They also love that steady, reggae groove. I defer anyone not to start rocking ...’
(John Masouri – Black Echoes February 2016 issue)
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