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Presented by Henry K, The #1 Apple Music History Podcast Rootsland is a series that explores the story of two friends who take a musical and spiritual journey from the suburbs of Long Island to the streets of Kingston, Jamaica. Narrated by the man himself, Henry “K” Karyo, Rootsland tells musical stories of landscapes that span styles and genres, and transport the listeners to exotic locations. The story follows Henry, a disillusioned justice major at American University, and Brian, an aspiring singer, as they navigate the world of reggae music, from label to location. (c) Henry K Productions Inc.

Rootsland "Reggae's Untold Stories‪"‬ Henry K Productions

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    • 5.0 • 89 Ratings

Presented by Henry K, The #1 Apple Music History Podcast Rootsland is a series that explores the story of two friends who take a musical and spiritual journey from the suburbs of Long Island to the streets of Kingston, Jamaica. Narrated by the man himself, Henry “K” Karyo, Rootsland tells musical stories of landscapes that span styles and genres, and transport the listeners to exotic locations. The story follows Henry, a disillusioned justice major at American University, and Brian, an aspiring singer, as they navigate the world of reggae music, from label to location. (c) Henry K Productions Inc.

    "Crucifixion of the Ghetto" Chapter 1 "The Factory"

    "Crucifixion of the Ghetto" Chapter 1 "The Factory"

    On the Season opener of "Rootsland," Henry K follows through on some life changing advice he received from his mentor Bob Andy. "You either work for the factory or you own the factory." In late 2000, Henry K finally decided it was time to be a "factory" owner.
    Produced by Henry K in association with Voice Boxx Studio Red Hills, Jamaica
    Guest vocals by Patrick "Curly Loxx" Gaynor, Akee & Bush Campbell, Steve "Bigga Staar" Briskman
    Intro by Michelle "Kim" Yamaguchi
    Home | ROOTSLAND Reggae Music, Podcast & Merchandise "Wear Your Culture"
    Rootsland is proud to partner with Osiris Media "the leading storyteller in music." Welcome to Osiris Media - Osiris - The leading storyteller in music.
    Rootsland is proud to be sponsored by Age Verification - Sunset Lake CBD
    cover photo by Brian Jahn Brian Jahn (@brianjahnphoto) • Instagram photos and videos

    • 27 min
    "Crucifixion of the Ghetto" Chapter 2 "To Get a Hit...(You haffe fit)"

    "Crucifixion of the Ghetto" Chapter 2 "To Get a Hit...(You haffe fit)"

    In Chapter 2 of "Crucifixion of the Ghetto" dancehall culture takes front stage. To get a hit "You haffe fit" loosely translated from Jamaican patios means to get a hit you have to be fit. During that fist year of recording at Studio K, those lyrics from the 1985 Black Uhuru song "Fit you Haffe Fit" had become a mantra, a catch phrase at the studio to always be alert, aware, attuned to both mentally and physically. Now that Henry K and Bigga Staar are venturing into the world of Dancehall Music, those lyrics are more useful than ever.
    Produced by Henry K in association with Voice Boxx Studio Red Hills, Jamaica
    Guest vocals by Patrick "Curly Loxx" Gaynor, Hayden "Bush" Campbell Steve "Bigga Staar" Briskman
    Intro by Michelle "Kim" Yamaguchi
    Home | ROOTSLAND Reggae Music, Podcast & Merchandise "Wear Your Culture"
    Rootsland is proud to partner with Osiris Media "the leading storyteller in music." Welcome to Osiris Media - Osiris - The leading storyteller in music.
    Rootsland is proud to be sponsored by Age Verification - Sunset Lake CBD
    cover photo by Brian Jahn Brian Jahn (@brianjahnphoto) • Instagram photos and videos
    featured songs: "Fit you Haffe Fit Dub" Black Uhuru courtesy of BMG music
    "Fit" feat Bradley Brown Bigga Staar & Delly Ranks
    Girlz feat. Dr Marshall & Bigga Staar

    • 23 min
    "Crucifixion of the Ghetto" Chapter 3 "Hungry Town"

    "Crucifixion of the Ghetto" Chapter 3 "Hungry Town"

    In Chapter 3 of "Crucifixion of the Ghetto" Hungry Town, a chance encounter at the Studio with a Grammy Nominated Songwriter is just the right ingredient the Bigga Staar project needs to get off the ground. Henry K and Bigga travel into Hungry Town, one of Kingston's garrisons to check rising Rastafarian singer Turbulence about a feature on a song.
    Rootsland Returns on 3/19 with the Second Half of Season 7
    Produced by Henry K in association with Voice Boxx Studio Red Hills, Jamaica
    Guest vocals by Patrick "Curly Loxx" Gaynor, Steve "Bigga Staar" Briskman
    Intro by Michelle "Kim" Yamaguchi
    Home | ROOTSLAND Reggae Music, Podcast & Merchandise "Wear Your Culture"
    Rootsland is proud to partner with Osiris Media "the leading storyteller in music." Welcome to Osiris Media - Osiris - The leading storyteller in music.
    Rootsland is proud to be sponsored by Age Verification - Sunset Lake CBD
    Brian Jahn Brian Jahn (@brianjahnphoto) • Instagram photos and videos
    featured songs: "Hungry Town Skank" Jacob Miller & Augustus Pablo
    "Gimme di MIc" Bigga Staar feat. Turbulence
    Photo Bigga Staar & Turbulence January 2004

    • 26 min
    "Crucifixion of the Ghetto Chapter" 4 "A Slice of the Cake"

    "Crucifixion of the Ghetto Chapter" 4 "A Slice of the Cake"

    Before heading back to Florida, Henry K is given the grand tour of Kingston's ghettos by The Twin of Twins, including stops at their childhood home on Ricketts Ave, their fathers auto shop in Waterhouse, and the garrison community of Payne Land where their childhood friends reside. Henry braces for some jarring news upon his return home.
    Produced by Henry K in association with Voice Boxx Studio Red Hills, Jamaica
    Guest vocals by Patrick "Curly Loxx" Gaynor, Steve "Bigga Staar" Briskman
    Intro by Michelle "Kim" Yamaguchi
    Home | ROOTSLAND Reggae Music, Podcast & Merchandise "Wear Your Culture"
    Rootsland is proud to partner with Osiris Media "the leading storyteller in music." Welcome to Osiris Media - Osiris - The leading storyteller in music.
    Rootsland is proud to be sponsored by Age Verification - Sunset Lake CBD
    Brian Jahn Brian Jahn (@brianjahnphoto) • Instagram photos and videos
    featured songs: "Queen of the Minstrel" Cornell Campbell
    "Guide over Us" Sizzla courtesy of VP Records
    Photo of Twin of Twin 2005

    • 29 min
    "Crucifixion of the Ghetto" Chapter 5 "Blaze A Trail"

    "Crucifixion of the Ghetto" Chapter 5 "Blaze A Trail"

    Chapter 5 of Season 7 has Curly Loxx explaining to Henry K how a chance encounter with a successful businessman at a graduation party and the career advise he offered would provide the inspiration needed to help him escape the ghetto.
    Next Week is the Season Finale, Stay Tuned for Exciting News regarding our New Show.
    Produced by Henry K in association with Voice Boxx Studio Red Hills, Jamaica
    Guest vocals by Patrick "Curly Loxx" Gaynor, Steve "Bigga Staar" Briskman
    Some of the Jamaican Patois has been adapted to be understood by an International Audience.
    Intro by Michelle "Kim" Yamaguchi
    Home | ROOTSLAND Reggae Music, Podcast & Merchandise "Wear Your Culture"
    Rootsland is proud to partner with Osiris Media "the leading storyteller in music." Welcome to Osiris Media - Osiris - The leading storyteller in music.
    Rootsland is proud to be sponsored by Age Verification - Sunset Lake CBD
    Brian Jahn Brian Jahn (@brianjahnphoto) • Instagram photos and videos
    featured songs: Opening Credits: "Going Home Dub" Bob Andy
    Closing Credits: "Think it's A Joke" Bob Andy
    Photo of Arthritis, Henry K, Mellow Yellow, Curly Loxx 2005

    • 28 min
    "Crucifixion of the Ghetto" Chapter 6 "Stir it Up"

    "Crucifixion of the Ghetto" Chapter 6 "Stir it Up"

    On the Season 7 Finale of "Crucifixion of the Ghetto" Henry K meets Curly Loxx's little son Zion and discovers Curly's true incentive for wanting to escape the ghetto. A call from an old friend alerts Henry K that there are people in Jamaica more dangerous than the Island's notorious Gangsters and Dons, and now is the time for him to choose sides.
    Stay Tuned for an announcement regarding our New Podcast out this April
    Produced by Henry K in association with Voice Boxx Studio Red Hills, Jamaica
    Guest vocals by Patrick "Curly Loxx" Gaynor, Steve "Bigga Staar" Briskman
    Some of the Jamaican Patois has been adapted to be understood by an International Audience.
    Intro by Michelle "Kim" Yamaguchi
    Home | ROOTSLAND Reggae Music, Podcast & Merchandise "Wear Your Culture"
    Rootsland is proud to partner with Osiris Media "the leading storyteller in music." Welcome to Osiris Media - Osiris - The leading storyteller in music.
    Rootsland is proud to be sponsored by Age Verification - Sunset Lake CBD
    Brian Jahn Brian Jahn (@brianjahnphoto) • Instagram photos and videos
    featured songs: Opening Credits: "Kingston 13 Dub" Pinchers Ossie 7"
    closing credits: "Stir it Up" Bob Marley & The Wailers courtesy UMG

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

roo-tical ,

A gateway to an incredible history

This is probably the easiest intro to jump into learning about the history of modern reggae music. Very digestible, relatable, and worthwhile tangents that put into context the great human reflection of reggae and Jamaican music. Lots of helpful backstory while keeping a narrative flowing - entertaining and packed with details . Great music and transitions to nail the feel

393938423984 ,

Great story, well told!

Well worth a listen!! In addition to the fascinating tale of life and labor in the music industry in Jamaica, the production of Henry's voice along with the addition of sound effects and music really lends to enjoyable, easy listening.

Dreadpiratemay ,

Rootsland

Amazing series with great insight into the reggae world while also following a powerful story of two friends whose paths are twisted together.

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