Sunday May 29th
The Amphitheatre 6pm - 11pm
Admission £10 in advance, £12 on the gate (subject to availability)
6.30pm Laid Blak
8.00pm Black Roots
Aswad are massive. With a history spanning 5 decades, they are a huge influence on modern music today, and are as polished an act as ever, with a new album out a new lease of life. With a set list that indulges all their array of fans and their diverse tastes, Aswad have ‘party’ written all over it and VegfestUK Bristol 2011 is set to end on a considerable high as the Aswad sounds ripples through the evening air and thousands of happy campers dance to the rhythms of one of the worlds best loved reggae bands.
Black Roots are a reggae band straight outta Bristol, and back together to play VegfestUK. Here is their history….
|From the moment of their formation in 1979, Black Roots were omnipresent on the British scene, gigging constantly across the nation. Perhaps that's why their debut, self-titled, self- produced, and self-released album didn't appear until 1983. Several singles and an EP preceded it, with two tracks off the latter — "The Father" and "Tribal War" — included on the full-length. But it was "Juvenile Delinquent" that captured the reggae masses, a deep roots number boasting a compulsive rhythm and a timely message. Remixed by Jah Woosh, "Delinquent" raged through the British clubs and sound systems. Intriguingly, the original beautifully evoked the Jamaican sound of the late '70s, as did the yearning, repatriation themed "Africa" underlit by Cordell Francis' melancholy lead guitar, while "The Opportunity" superbly evoked the country style equally popular in its day.However it was the unity themed, Wailers-esque "Tribal War" where Black Roots' roots were most in evidence. Compared to Steel Pulse, Aswad, and Matumbi, the band were purists, albeit time warped ones. Yet thanks to Cordell's surf-lite guitar leads, and the group's preference for unity backing vocals rather than multi-part harmonies favored by Jamaicans, their style had a surprising unique flavor. The exceptions to their vocal rule were the splendid, religiously themed "The Father" and the love is gone "Move On." The former juxtaposed doo wop and unity styled vocals alongside a soulful lead that recalls the height of American '60s soul, the latter featured R&B vocals with a somewhat stripped back sound that suggested the band weren't entirely dismissive of post-1980 reggae. No nonsense production, potent messages, strong vocals, and exhilarating music (further buttressed by a horn section led by Rico Rodriguez) made this set a winner, with Black Roots' superb take on the "Right Time" riddim for the excellent "Survival" perhaps best epitomizing their evolving style. It took four years, but this album was well worth the wait.|
Black Roots reformed in 2010 to play a one off gig at The Trinity before Christmas, and have come back together once again to perform at VegfestUK Bristol – we are in for a treat, peeps.
Short interview with Jabulani from Black Roots
Q. How does it feel to be playing in Bristol again?
A. Its always good to be playing in bristol, good to see some old faces, loyal fans and new faces.
Q. What do you think of VegFest?
A. Anything to do with vegetarians'/vegans is good, its good for the human race to leave the animals to run free. we are all mammals and vegetarian by nature so it is good for the vegfest to enlighten the nation to the benefits.
Q. Are any of Black Roots vegan/ veggie?
A. The Majority of the band are vegetarian.
Q. What are your favourite Root (see what we did there?!) vegetables?
A. Yam, Cocco, Dashine, and Sweet Potato, yard food (from Jamaica
Bristol Reggae band Laid Blak was created through the partnership of producer DJ Bunjy and MC Joe Peng who joined forces to conquer the 90’s Jungle and Rave scenes. Fast forward 5 years and the fledgling studio project pair started had become a seasoned live act thanks to the addition of 5 talented musicians whose backgrounds vary from breakdancer to classical pianist alongside members of a church band.
Laid Blak’s unique style sees them seamlessly incorporate 2 vocalists and a DJ into their stage show alongside a traditional reggae rhythm section.After being scouted and signed to Brownpunk, a new label set up by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and Massive Attack’s Tricky, the band were hailed by the press as the ‘UK’s leading Reggae group’ and ‘the essential live festival act’. Laid Blak’s dedication to the live music scene has seen them tour the UK, Europe and beyond, sharing the stage with notable acts such as Damian Marley, The Wailers, John Legend, Massive Attack and Tricky.
Following on from their underground anthem Red and the Dubstep remix of the same track which has received over 1 million views on youtube this winter, the band has just released their follow up single, Bristol Love. 2011 promises to be a huge year for the band as Laid Blak’s long awaited debut album is released in the spring.