Reviving Roots Reggae

The Rockers era, distinguished by the innovation of new musical patterns and vocal styles, evolved in the 1970s and is hailed by some as the Golden Age of Reggae music. Rockers was recorded at a turbulent time in Jamaica’s history, fraught with chronic unemployment, rising world oil prices and the dissipation of skilled labour and investment capital. The sounds that emerged during the Rockers era were reassuring, inspiring and healing…Real Rebel Music.

Four young women Kareece Lawrence, Janine “Jah9” Cunningham, Natalie Reid and Lesley-Ann Welsh , ‘eighties babies’ raised on the music of the 70s – have made a commitment to reviving the fire for Roots Rock Reggae amongst their generation. Dubbed The Tribal Council, the next phase of their mission launches on Saturday, July 16 with Vibes is Right: The Rockers Edition, a dance party on the shores of Wickie Wackie Beach in Bull Bay, St. Andrew.

When asked about their inspiration to produce a Rockers edition of Vibes is Right Welsh commented, “Reggae music, Rockers in particular, is at once spiritual and revolutionary. Rockers comes out of an era that was characterized by socioeconomic conditions that are very similar to those we’re experiencing today. We want to spread the music and its message among our peers, and inspire nostalgia among the elders of our parents’ generation.”

‘Jah9’ cites the need for more events that bridge an inter-generational gap, complement the resurgence of live music and most importantly, promote dancing and positive vibrations-“We want people to dress the part and come out ready to dance, meet a stranger and have a good time.”

Vibes is Right: The Rockers Edition promises to deliver the sensational sound of Roots Reggae, set against a backdrop of sand and sea. Tickets cost $700 presold and $1000 at the gate. Pre-sold tickets are available at Ashanti Oasis, both locations of Veggie Meals on Wheels or by calling 354-8812 /868 9422.


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