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'Take It'   

-  Label: 'Nubian Records'
-  Genre: 'Reggae' -  Release Date: '2nd November 2018'

Our Rating:
"Youth dem lost their way in the jungle of capitalism" proclaims Black Roots' rhythm guitarist Jabulani Ngozi. This sets the agenda for a vibrant set of socially committed songs with lyrics which mix the political with the biblical.

This band have been going for 40 years now, albeit with an extended hiatus from the mid 1990s to 2012. Sadly, the issues they sang about during the 1970s when Margaret Thatcher ruled the roost are still as pressing as ever. The leaders might have changed but the level of injustice, intolerance and inequality remains high.

Voicing fears on the band's 12th album over the Reincarnation "of Hitler into Trump" the now greying Black Roots show themselves to be on the side of the righteous in refusing to play fast and loose with the concept of freedom. "Poor people unite" is the rallying cry of the title track.

With elegant horn arrangements (trumpet, sax and trombone) the smoothness of the reggae rhythms should not blind you to the urgency, humanity and radicalism of the messages.

Black Roots' website
  author: Martin Raybould

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