Roots Organics, Rootz Underground, and Selecta Rory of the Stone Love Movement have created “Culture Mix 2010” to recapture the essence of the dancehall. The mix includes artistes Sizzla, Capleton, Richie Spice, Lutan Fyah, Luciano, Sugar Minott, Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Richie Spice, Chuck Fenda, Anthony B, Busy Signal, Tarrus Riley, Etana, and of course, Rootz Underground.
The immortal Stone Love co-led with selector Rory forged a reputation during the 80’s and 90’s in the inner city communities of Kingston, Jamaica. A living legend within the sound system movement, Stone Love rose to the top by promoting reggae dancehall culture, Jamaica, Rastafari, and the movement to legalize marijuana. The name Stone Love came to embody the spirit of generations of reggae lovers. Many “soundboys” have “perished” at the hands of the sound system in now legendary sound “clashes.”
It was the customary in the impoverished garrison communities of Kingston for benevolent community leaders otherwise known as “Dons” (Robin Hood-type figures on one hand, organized crime bosses on the other ) to host free weekly street dances for the people of the community. These “Dons” would provide the essential ingredient, the music, which included the sound system, the selector (DJ), and a wall of speakers towering above the revelers who, for a moment, could escape the harsh socioeconomic and political situation and simply enjoy a night of feel good reggae music.
Many of the singers of the day would pass through the dance and show their respect for the Don and the community by toasting (chatting) on the microphone and creating lyrics on the fly that were both poignant and profound.
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