The UK Roots scene is a spirited underground representation of Jamaican studio techniques as filtered through the cheap recording technology boom of the last two decades. In short it is generally a story of creative and intuitive use of studio equipment by often self educated recording engineers…
Roots songs are inspired by the struggles of life (in the ghetto) and the Rastafari faith.
Rastafarians consider Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia to be God incarnate, whom they call Jah( God) or Jah Rastafari. Ras Tafari (Prince Tafari) was the pre-coronation name of Selassie I. 225th direct descendant of King Solomon and Queen Shiva and King David.
The strong link with the ‘herb’ is also very apparent, in which grew from the grave of King Soloman and ‘he who smoke the herb will gain the knowledge and wisdom of the king’!
The tunes are traditionally played through a single deck. When the night really gets going the Sound system controller (not a DJ as the reference to DJs usually means some one who sings lyrics over a dub track)(‘dub’ means a re-mix) will bring in the use of a siren box in combination with a eco box in between tunes. A Pre-amp is also a tool used, where the controller can beef up, squeeze and separate the tops mids and bass.
The speakers vary but usually are 18” Colossus Fanes housed in a ‘Scoop’ speaker design (bass bins). Above the bass bins is an array of different mid speakers and tops with the horns and bullets at the very top.