Mike Roots

Freedom & Struggle


From Reggae Reviews.com

Freedom & Struggle (Star Recordings, 2005)

Another strong selection from the people who brought you recent excellent gospel reggae releases from Audrey Gordon and Jah Servant, plus the Unity Riddims Sessions Volume 1 compilation (which contains two of the tracks found here, "Gospel Fire" and "Feed the Children").  The "people" are actually the "person," Jah Servant himself, who co-produces and plays most of the music on Freedom & Struggle, lending a similar roots sound sprinkled with old-school dancehall.  Several of the riddims used on Gordon's debut are found here also, but they're so delicious, it's hard to complain about a second helping.  Mike Roots' singing voice is smooth and soulful, finding a home on both laid-back lovers rock tracks like "Feed the Children" and "Fight Against" and edgier roots and light dancehall tunes like "Iron Sharpen Iron" and "Two Roads."  The messages are righteous and positive with a universality that proves engaging whether you're Christian, Rastafarian, Muslim, or alien.  See starrecordings.dubroom.org.

tiny_mark_rasta__head.GIF (2174 bytes) tiny_mark_rasta__head.GIF (2174 bytes) tiny_mark_rasta__head.GIF (2174 bytes)