Edited by Azizi Powell
This post showcases a sound file of the Roots Reggae song "Mango Walk" by The Chosen Brothers. Information about Roots Reggae, and about Dub music are also included in this post as are two selected comments from this sound file's viewer comment thread and a link to the Dub Reggae tune "Mango Drive" by Rhythm & Sound which is mentioned by one of the commenters.
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Thanks to The Chosen Brothers for this song. Thanks also to the publishers of this sound video on Youtube. And thanks to all those who are quoted in this post.
INFORMATION ABOUT ROOTS REGGAE
"Roots reggae is a subgenre of reggae that deals with the everyday lives and aspirations of the artists concerned, including the spiritual side of Rastafari and with the honoring of God, called Jah by rastafarians. It also is identified with the life of the ghetto sufferer and the rural poor. Lyrical themes include spirituality and religion, poverty, cultural pride, social issues, resistance to government and racial oppression as well as repatriation to Africa. The increasing influence of the Rastafari movement after the visit of Haile Selassie to Jamaica in 1966 played a major part in the development of roots reggae, with spiritual themes becoming more common in reggae lyrics in the late 1960s...
While roots reggae was largely overtaken in popularity in Jamaica by dancehall, several artists from the original era, such as Culture, Burning Spear and Isreal Vibration continued to produce roots reggae and artists like Beres Hammond and Freddie McGregor continued the use of roots reggae, as a musical style and thematically, through the 1980s. In the 1990s younger Jamaican artists became interested in the Rastafari movement and began incorporating roots themes into their music"...
INFORMATION ABOUT DUB MUSIC
"Dub is a genre of music which grew out of reggae music in the 1960s, and is commonly considered a subgenre, though it has developed to extend beyond the scope of reggae. Music in this genre consists predominantly of instrumental remixes of existing recordings and is achieved by significantly manipulating and reshaping the recordings, usually by removing the vocals from an existing music piece, and emphasizing the drum and bass parts (this stripped down track is sometimes referred to as a 'riddim'). Other techniques include dynamically adding extensive echo, reverb, panoramic delay, and occasional dubbing of vocal or instrumental snippets from the original version or other works."...
SHOWCASE EXAMPLE: Chosen Brothers - Mango Walk - Heavy Roots Reggae Dubwize.1979 Wackies 12 INCH
pablowkingstoned, Uploaded on Mar 20, 2009
the chosen brothers - mango walk - heavy roots reggae dubwize.1979 wackies..... its me 400th jamaican music jukebox video, so we have a big one here ...heavy and deep hope you like it!!!! ....enjoy!!!
This recording is instrumental except for these words that recur periodically throughout the song: "Maaaaangooo” (It’s a fruit y’all) and "Everybody shout “Maaaaangooo”".
Nigel Gillett, 2013
"This was recorded in a baement in the Bronx. The low-fi, distorted quality of the recording was by all accounts intentional.He wanted to create a distinctive sound and vibe, like Lee Perry's Black Ark."
"I had no idea until recently that Mango Drive (Rhythm & Sound) was inspired by this. Now it's stuck in my head forever. At my desk at work chanting "Maaaaangoooooooo!" And people with quality concerns: it's intentional. Dub is warm and gritty by nature."
Click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS0yS2102gM for a sound file of the instrumental tune "Mango Drive".
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-in-crowd-mango-walk-reggae-video.html for the pancocojams post about The In-Crowd's Roots Reggae song "Mango Walk".
NFORMATION ABOUT THE PHRASE "MANGO WALK"
"Mango Walk" is the title of an old Jamaican Mento song. That song refers to a person stealing mango fruit from the trees in the mango walk (the mango orchard).
Visit this page of my Cocojams cultural website for examples of lyrics for the Mento song "Mango Walk" http://www.cocojams.com/content/caribbean-folk-songs
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