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Presented by Consequence of Sound, Rootsland is a new podcast 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.

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Presented by Consequence of Sound, Rootsland is a new podcast 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.

    Chapter 4: “Ghetto Stays in the Mind”

    Chapter 4: “Ghetto Stays in the Mind”

    Season 1: "Reggae, Junkie, Jew" continues with “Ghetto Stays in the Mind” as Henry meets Mrs. Rita Marley, his new boss at Tuff Gong Music. The label is a magical melting pot of unsung heroes, reggae legends, and righteous Rastafarians. Reality hits when Bob Andy takes Henry into the “garrison,” where he sees the lasting damage caused by a bloody proxy war fought on the streets of Kingston in the 70’s between the CIA and KGB.

    Rootsland is produced in association with Voice Boxx Studios in Kingston, Jamaica.

    Introduction by:  Michelle "Kim" Yamaguchi

    Guest Vocals by:  Patrick "Curly Loxx" Gaynor

    Featured Music:  
    The Yoko Theory “Meds”
    Black Uhuru “Slaughter”
    Bob Andy “Ghetto Stays in the Mind”

    • 25 min
    Chapter 3: “Welcome to Jamrock”

    Chapter 3: “Welcome to Jamrock”

    Season 1: "Reggae, Junkie, Jew" continues with “Welcome to Jamrock” as Henry finds his groove at RAS Records just as reggae music grabs hold of him. Soon after, Dr Dread makes a call to Bob Marley’s widow, Rita, and the young intern lands a job working for the Marley family at the legendary Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston Jamaica. It's here he learns that Kingston is a city of extremes, and it's here he meets more of Reggae’s foundational musicians, who all share amazing tales of confronting and overcoming adversity.

    Rootsland is produced in association with Voice Boxx Studios in Kingston, Jamaica.

    Introduction by: 
    Michelle "Kim" Yamaguchi

    Guest Vocals by: 
    Patrick "Curly Loxx" Gaynor

    Featured Music:  
    Israel Vibrations - “Black Muddy River”  
    Bob Andy - “Fire Burning”

    • 29 min
    Chapter 2: "When the Music Hits"

    Chapter 2: "When the Music Hits"

    Season 1: "Reggae, Junkie, Jew" continues with "When the Music Hits" as Henry befriends a reggae super fan and an obsessed caller to the label. He soon learns that this "Brian from Colorado" is an aspiring singer, whose revolutionary spirit may convince Henry to follow his dream to pursue music over law. That dream becomes a reality when Henry is tasked to bring a reggae legend to a recording session. He's not sure what hits him—it could be the contact buzz, it could be the savory smell of brown stew fish -- but when Henry sees Dr. Dread behind the mixing board with a grin ... life begins to make a whole lotta sense.

    Rootsland is produced in association with Voice Boxx Studios in Kingston, Jamaica.

    Introduction by: 
    Michelle "Kim" Yamaguchi  

    Guest Vocals by: 
    Patrick "Curly Loxx" Gaynor 
    Jermaine Keys

    Featured Music:  
    Adam "Teacha"  Barnes  - "Different" 
    Big Mountain and Uton Green - " I Can See for Miles"   

    Notes: This episode contains excerpts from NPR's All Things Considered (the original story was reported by friend and colleague: the late, great, Tom Terrell; BBC Radio's Interview with Joseph "Culture" Hill Conducted by Mark Lamar; and Joseph Hill performing "2 Sevens Clash" live.

    • 24 min
    Chapter 1: "Catch a Fire"

    Chapter 1: "Catch a Fire"

    In the premiere of Season 1: "Reggae, Junkie, Jew", "Catch a Fire" dials things back to 1987 and heads to Washington, D.C., where Henry is a disillusioned justice major at American University. His life changes, however, when he walks into a record shop and eventually secures an internship at RAS Records working for trailblazing reggae producer Dr. Dread, a.k.a Gary Himmelfarb. The job description seems simple enough: sweeping floors, packing boxes, and answering phones. But, Henry soon learns calls to RAS Records are anything but simple.

    Rootsland is produced in association with Voice Boxx Studios in Kingston, Jamaica.

    Introduction by: 
    Michelle "Kim" Yamaguchi

    Featured Music:
    Tessanne Chin - "Love Rein O'er Me"
    Wayne Armond - "Righteous People"

    • 21 min
    Welcome to Rootsland

    Welcome to Rootsland

    Consequence of Sound is proud to present Rootsland, a new podcast 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 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.

    Subscribe now to embark on this incredible journey with us.

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Willie9542003 ,

THIS PODCAST!!!! WOW

My parents are Jamaican and I love how you represent for my people and my culture! One love!!!

PodcastLover777 ,

Love!

Such a great podcast to vibe to. My boyfriend and I are loving it so far! The story was told from such an entertaining perspective that it’s easy to get drawn in. Has a little of everything, good reggae, tied in with some Jamaican culture, all while engaging it’s audience. Looking forward to more episodes!

393938423984 ,

Great listen!

What a great podcast! Something to not only listen to but something to hear!! The music and sound effects bring out the nuances of the story!! Can't wait for more episodes! Thank you!

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