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Aba Shanti I Southend 1st May 1994

A great session from the Mighty Aba Shanti I from 94, dropping the heavy roots sounds that he has become known for.

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Aba Shanti Deptford April 1996

Another Heavy session from Aba Shanti this time we cactch him live in session in Deptford....

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Aba Shanti I Leeds 1996

Another session from the Mighty Aba this time in session in Leeds.

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Aba Shanti I Imperial Gardens 1999

The Mighty Aba in session once more and this one is HEAVY!!. Thanks goes out to Nic Tribulation..

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Aba Shanti I Notting Hill Carnival 2002

A short but sweet piece of Aba Shanti I in session at the 2002 Carnival courtesy of the Vinnie/WCTD Connection...

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Aba Shanti I meets Word, Sound & Power Southall 16-07-2005

Another Heavy roots session from the Vinnie/WCTD Connection

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Aba Shanti I ft Mykall Roze & Jesse Jender Telegraph Brixto Jan 2006

Very nice session this one, Mykall Roze & Jesse Jender are in Brixton and both give fantastic performances then it's handed over to the mighty Aba to run it out rootsman style.....

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Aba Shaka SNWMF, Boonville, CA 2007

Atlanta's Roots master Aba Shaka brings a bag full of tough tunes to Boonville for a very nice performance at the SNWMF. He draws a varied cultural selection playing some classic roots inna foundation & digital style.... Great stuff indeed and in 2 parts!!

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Aba Shaka SNWMF, Boonville, CA 2009

Two years on and Aba Shaka is back at SNWMF with a bag full of Roots Revival Killers. A very nice mixture of tunes to keep the Boonville massive rocking.

Runs for two & a half hours & it is fantastic sound quality to boot!!!

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Asher G Live & Direct Dub Club

A fine session from the man like Asher G... Serious selection on this one...

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Bushrocker Hi Fi 1 in 12 Club, Bradford July 2004

A small step away from the Dancehall business with this Rootsman session featuring the Mighty Bushrocker Hi Fi in session at Bradfords 1 in 12 Club..... Plenty of revival roots pressure makes this a very nice session indeed....

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Bush Chemists @Crossroads, Uppsala 8-4-2004

The UK's very own Roots Master, Dougie Wardrop in session in Sweden from 2004, this one is a KILLER!

Many thanks to Nic Tribulation for this one...

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Channel One ft African Simba Malmo, Sweden

Another heavy roots session from the WCTD/Nic Tribulation connection this time featuring Channel One laying down some serious roots music for the Swedish massive. An added treat is having African Simba on mic duties.

Runs for two and a half hours....

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Cojo (Underground Roots) Bradford 15-06-2002

Featuring: Mandela, Spider, Ilodica

A nice 45 minute roots session with some great artists live.

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Sir Coxsone vs Moa Ambassa Wandsworth Town Hall June 1979

Featuring: Ranking Dread

Festus at the Controls

Fantastic tape this one, The sounds of Sir Coxsone in session with the man called Ranking Dread on the mic.

Not a lot of sound system recordings of Ranking Dread about making this Essential for all of you that love the 70's style!!

Taped through the amps so pretty decent sound quality...

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Entebbe meets Daddy Rockers Birmingham 1983

Massive thanks to Daddy Ruffhouse for giving us this one to clean up... A great session from 1983 held in Birmingham.

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Iration Steppas Bradford 4-7-92

Here's a very nice session featuring Leeds own Heavyweight sound Iration Steppas....

Thanks to Nizetch for the use of the picture..

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Jah Massive meets Meditative Sounds Unity Dance Uppsala

3 and a half hours from this great roots session courtesy of the Nic Tribulation/WCTD connection...

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Jah Massive Orange Skankfest, Upsalla 24 10 09

Another mammoth session courtesy of Nic Tribulation. This one clocks in at just under 4 hours... Massive!!

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Jah Messenger Hi Fi Edinburgh 8-9-95

Featuring: Ras Kwasi Asante, Scotty Ranks, General Matic

Selector – Stevie Gad

A fine session from Scotlands number 1 roots sound Jah Messenger. Stevie Gad selects tunes from amongst others, Dub Judah, Burning Spear, Ini Kamoze and Don Carlos and the DJ's and singers ride the rhythms inna strictly Cultural style.

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Jah Messenger meets Manasseh Edinburgh

Another session from Scotlands heavyweight Jah Messenger and tonight he plays host to the Mighty Manasseh... A Killer...

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Jah Observer Notting Hill Carnival August 92

Jah Observer sound is aways a safe bet to visit at the Carnival and here's an example of why....

Wicked stuff courtesy of the WCTD/Nic Tribulation connection....

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Jah Trinity Bristol 1990

A wicked tape of the Roots master Jah Trinity shaking up the Bristol area.

Thanks to Nic Tribulation...

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Jah Tubbys vs Fatman Scampas Bristol 1981

A meeting of the two Roots heavyweights back in 1981, both sounds on tape.. This one is redone for 2011...

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Jah Tubbys vs Fatman High Wycombe 1981

Another meeting of the two legendary sounds, this one comes courtesy of the Vinnie/WCTD connection....

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Jah Tubbys vs Small Axe Docklands, Bristol 26-09-1981

Another fine session from Daddy Ruffhouse's collection, this one featuring 2 big sounds in the lawn. A wicked selection of Dubs are thrown down. A great example of early 80's UK Sound system business....

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Jah Tubby vs Rema Havana Club, Derby 12-8-1983

A wicked dance this one and it comes in 2 parts so you get almost 3 hours of it. Jah Tubbs is the ruler here and even without his mic men he absolutley tears it up. It's Keith alone working the sound and on mic duties and he can't resist making Rema pay for incorrectly saying one of their tunes is recorded at King Tubby's when it's a Channel One production. He is really firing on all cylinders in this session and with his box of dubs you know there can be only one outcome..... Tubbs the winner!!

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Jah Tubby vs Baron Manchester 1984

A real shame that this one is so short as it is Ruff!! About 25 minutes from this dance and only Jah Tubbs side of the proceedings.

If anyone has any more of this one, we would love to post it so please get in touch if you do...

Another courtesy of the Vinnie/WCTD connection...

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Jah Tubby Sugarhill Club, Dudley 13-7-85

It's a shame that this is so bass heavy, as it is really difficult to do anything once the sound is distorted and it is a real nice session around the time that Keith was releasing Dixie's 'Pure worries'

Tubbs plays it more than once and we get to hear his different dubs to it along with lot's more of Keith at the controls playing inna Hooligan style!!

Runs for two and a half hours.....

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Jah Tubby Unkown location 1990

Another from the Nic/WCTD connection, bit of a rough sound to this one but I have cleaned it up as much as possible

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Jah Tubby Palace Hotel, Southend 1993

Another great piece of the Mighty Jah Tubbs in session courtesy of the Vinnie/WCTD Connection.... Hooligan style!!!

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Jah Tubby meets Freedom Masses & Jah Trinity

Another heavyweight Roots session from the Nic Tribulation/WCTD connection. Just short of 2 hours from this meeting of the 3 sounds... Dont have any info as to venue or year...

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Rockers International meets Jah Youth the Roots Ambassador

Selector: Augustus Pablo

Here we present two sessions featuring the sounds of the Mighty Jah Youth sound, both have the late great Augustus Pablo selecting on the sound dropping some Rockers International classics..

Is this the nearest we will get to hearing a tape of Pablo's Rockers International set?

 

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Session 1: Dub Club, London December 8th 1994

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Session 2: Shrimpers Nightclub, Southend 23-08-96

Thanks to Stevie Dread for the flyers...

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Session 3: Planet Venus, Bradford 20th July 1996

Featuring: Culture Marvellous, Ras Echo, Sister Rasheda -

Selectors – Augustus Pablo,  Locks Lee Irie, Youth

Another corker featuring a heavyweight Rockers International selection and a live performance from the great Sister Rasheda.

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Jah Youth Caribean club london jan 1994

Once more we present the Mighty Jah Youth in session

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Jah Youth London 1995

Another session from Jah Youth featuring Sister Rasheda and others on the mic....

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Jah Youth Southend July 1995

Another session from the spiritual sounds of Jah Youth this time with Sister Rasheda as special guest around the control tower.

Yet another from the WCTD/Nic Tribulation connection, many thanks my friend...

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Jah Youth Trendz Club March 1996

A short but sweet portion of Jah Youth in session, this one was a meeting between them and Joey Jay.. Only Jah Youth on this part

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Jah Youth Brixton Academy June 1998

Another Killer session from the Mighty Jah Youth

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Jah Youth Brixton Rec Centre, February 1999

Ras Echo, Ramon Judah, Prince Livijah, Culture Marvellous, Ras Ngoni, Locks Lee Irie

Another nice session from Jah Youth the Roots Ambassador inna cultural style...

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Jah Youth Paris July 1999

A KILLER session from the Roots Ambassador on tour in France from 1999

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Jungleman Hi Fi vs. Zion International Imperial Cinema, Birmingham 1982

This is a taped in the dance session, so you get both sides of the story from this one. Mostly Roots style tunes from both sounds in this nice snapshot of early 80’s midlands sound history.

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King Shilo Paradiso Amsterdam

Hollands finest Roots set King Shilo in session at the famous Paradiso in Amsterdam. Great stuff courtesy of Nic Tribulation...

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King Shilo ft Earl 16 & Sister Rasheda Paradiso Amsterdam 19-6-04

Another wicked session from the Dutch heavyweight's King Shilo...

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King Shilo Arnhem 20 1 07

Over 2 and a half hours of this heavyweight session from King Shilo playing in Arnhem... MURDER!!!Another from the WCTD/Nic Tribulation Roots connection..

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Meditative Sounds Stockholm 13 3 04

Ft Errol Bellot & Afrikan Simba

Over 2 hours from this crucial session ft guests Errol Bellot & Afrikan Simba courtesy of Nic Tribulation...

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Meditative meets Ironworks Dread and I Natural 28 - 2 - 09 Uppsala

Over 3 hours of this meeting of the Roots heavyweights courtesy of the WCTD/Nic Tribulation connection

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Penny Reel in Session at the Dub Club mid 90's

Featuring: Clapper Priest, Ramon Judah

Selector: Penny Reel

This is one courtesy of the Jerry/WCTD connection, the tapes were marked Dreadbeat at the Dub Club but we now know that they are in fact recordings of the Mighty Penny Reel in session at the Dub Club. A fantastic selection of tunes are thrown down by Jah Reel and with the Addition of Clapper Priest & co on mic duties help to make this one essential listening...

Penny had this to say about the dance which comes in 3 parts:

" This was a session I played at the Dub Club run by Nicky Ezer. Clapper Priest and Ramon Judah joined me on mic on the night. It was the first and only time I ever met the guy who runs Twilight Circus, who was there. Other visitors were Barry Isaacs, Fatman, Clive Wax, Lloydie Coxsone, Kelso Christian. It must have taken place in the mid-1990s.”

Many thanks to Mr Reel for the info & Picture....

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Ras Kush Black Redemption Sound SNWMF 19th June 2010

With massive thanks to Full Watts Hi Fi(norcal) we present the mighty Ras Kush playing a top drawer roots set at this years SNWMF.

This one runs for over 3 hours and is in nice 320kbs quality so the file was big. I have split into 2 parts and then split the files into 4 rar files. You will need to download all the files to extract.

Many thanks once again to Full Watts Hi Fi(norcal) for this treat.............

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RDK @ Brixton 1st January 1994

Featuring: Danny Dread, Marky Lyrics, Papa B, Daddy Keety, Youthie

Selector – Marky Lyrics

Brixtons heavyweight sound RDK inna rootsman style featuring a hard selection of tunes and some great mic work from the MC's.... A nice one this....

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RDK Hi Fi Crossroads, Uppsala, Sweden 24-10-2003

 

This one comes courtesy of the Nic Tribulation/WCTD connection. We have over 2 hours of this fine session that catches Brixton's one and only Marky Lyrics on tour in Sweden with his RDK set...

Marky told me that this dance was not the most packed dance he played, but it does not stop him from giving his all and the few that were there definitely got their money's worth...

 

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The Rootsman Hi Fi The Mill, Bradford 7-4-2001

Featuring: Daddy Freddy, Bongo Chilly, E-Man, Abbott, Billy Rockers, Bobo Dread

A wicked session this one, not strictly rockers but a mixture of Roots and the very best in classic dancehall rhythms played by The Rootsman with the 'Fastest talker' in the world Jamaica's Daddy Freddy and a slew of other artists riding them inna dancehall style.

Comes in two 90 minute parts... Great stuff!!

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Soul Remedy Soundsystem, Mighty Idren Natural, Echo Roots & Dub Tribulation from Sweden and Forward Fever ls Ras Cloud and Saimn-I"

Sat 02.09.2006 "Deep Roots " - Gate: 20.00h, Entrepot, Binnenweg 4, Bruges

Thanks to Vinnie from Soul Remedy Sound we now have the correct details and a further 4 hours of real nice audio from the dance.

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Here's another recording of this session with the Dub Tribulation part.

Another from the WCTD/Nic Tribulation connection

Runs for over 2 hours..

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Soul Remedy meets Treva Massive Zounds Exhaus Germany 15-2-08

Thanks again to Brother Vinnie for supplying another really nice Roots session featuring his set, Soul Remedy playing in Germany alongside Treva Massive Zounds system.

Runs for 3 hours and is very nice sound quality....

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Soul Remedy meets Teshuva Hi Fi kraakpand vaartkom, Leuven, Belgium 22-3-2008

Another fine session from Brother Vinnie's Soul Remedy archive's. A dub meeting in Leuven and the UK's DJ Stryda is on the bill for a night of Roots niceness.... Runs for 6 hours!!

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Soul Remedy meets Roots Hi Tek @ HAIL I DUB - Chapter 3, Brussels 11.04.2009

With massive thanks to Vinnie(Soul Remedy) we proudly present to you 7 hours of top drawer roots music from Soul Remedy & Roots Hi Tek in Dub conference... Also big thanks to Nasop for making these great recordings...

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Tesfa meets Reuben Addis Stockholm 25 - 7 - 06

Over 4 hours of this roots session held in Swedens Capital city. It features local roots sound Tesfa and the UK's Reuben Addis.

Thanks goes out to Nic Tribulation for the recording and Patrik for the great photos. Patrik will be giving us his run down of this session to add at a later date.

Please visit Patrik's great site ALL TRIBES WELCOME There's lots of good stuff on there...

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USA Roots Reggae Dub Expo San Diego 18-9-2010

With Massive thanks to Humble we now present to you over 4 hours of audio from this roots extravaganza. I have done some work on the audio and it is RUFF!!

Here is his report from the session..

USA Roots Reggae Dub Expo 2010 – San Diego Report

On Saturday, September 18th, 2010 one year of collaborative organizing and promotional efforts came to fruition with the San Diego chapter of the USA Roots Reggae Dub Expo. This was the second half of the 2010 expo, the first half taking place a month earlier in Baltimore.

Roughly 130 lucky souls made their way to the Mainline Building in San Diego, CA for this night of spiritual edification, upliftment and praises through Roots Reggae and Dub music. Even though the dance was supposed to start at 9:00 pm, attendees were showing up for the dance as early as 7:30 pm. The attendees were excited and the sense of anticipation was high – you could feel it in the air.

As people filtered in, they would tell us where they came from, and many traveled far to attend this dance! We had people from all over the west coast, a crew from the east coast, and some from the Midwest. We even had a crew fly in from the U.K. to attend.

The sound systems and organizers arrived earlier in the afternoon to help set up the venue and their sounds. Sound Systems in attendance were BlackHeart Warriors – who also served as hosts to this event, Humble Tafari aka Wildfyah Sound, A.P.S. who brought their own powerful set, Ras Kush of Black Redemption, Mystic from NYC, and Brizion from San Diego.

After testing and tuning up, the sounds started up at about 9:30 pm and played in rotation until 5:00 am. It’s hard to describe how great this dance was. There was a Rastafari Family vibe in the air – the musical selections were top notch. Some of the top U.S. sounds were in attendance, and all played in top form. There was a powerful unity of spirit in the dance. Many dubplates were played, and the sounds were encouraging to each other. This was a powerful event that will serve as a blueprint for future U.S.A. collective efforts.

Give thanks to the following organizations and people for supporting the 2010 Expo. Without these people, the Expo would not have happened: Ras Farms, Satori Movement, Collective Black People Movement, Ital Productions, Ceska aka Fasimbas, Humble Tafari, Livity International and Abigene, Sis Amanda, Kris Naphtali and Brizion, Peter aka Lionheart, Irie Up Magazine, Chef TJ, I-Meditation, Word Sound Power Collective, Sis Leenites, A.P.S. Sound, Ras Kush, Mystic Sound, Zahir and Reuben aka BlackHeart Warriors, Joshua Dan, the Mainline Building, the Caribbean Paradise, and anyone we forgot!

Humble Tafari

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