20 episodes

Presented by Henry K, 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. (c) Henry K Productions Inc.

Rootsland Henry K Productions

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    • 5.0 • 44 Ratings

Presented by Henry K, 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. (c) Henry K Productions Inc.

    "Packing for the Promised Land"

    "Packing for the Promised Land"

    On April 3, we commemorate the anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King's "I've Been to the Mountaintop" Speech, given 54 years ago in Memphis. In this Bonus Episode of Rootsland, host Henry K explores if Moses, Bob Marley and MLK all packed the same essentials for the journey to the Promised Land.
    You can support the Show by purchasing The Rootsland (Original Podcast Soundtrack) featuring timeless reggae tracks performed by Wayne Armond, Bob Andy, Deadly Headley Bennett, Garnett Silk, Halfpint http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1612330205?ls=1andapp=itunes (http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1612330205?ls=1andapp=itunes)
    Rootsland Season 3 Debuts in April 2022
    Stay Tuned for Bonus Episodes in March featuring Music Mixes

    Rootsland is produced by Henry K Productions Inc. in association with Voice Boxx Studios in Kingston, Jamaica.
    Introduction by: Michelle "Kim" Yamaguchi
    Guest Vocals by: Patrick "Curly Loxx" Gaynor
    Follow Us: https://www.facebook.com/RootslandPodcast (Legends of Reggae | Facebook)
    music production and sound design by Henry K
    additional music under license from www.artlist.io and beatstars.com Rootslandpodcast@gmail.com

    • 14 min
    Music Mix "Songs of Freedom"

    Music Mix "Songs of Freedom"

    The Rootsland Republic is truly a global family. These stories about reggae music and Jamaica have connected with so many people form diverse backgrounds and far away places. 2 of places where we have family and listener are Ukraine and Ethiopia, 2 places that under siege form outside and within, and as usual in these unnecessary and bloody political conflict ordinary people like you and me get caught in the middle, So in the special Music Edition of Rootsland where gonna play some selections to uplift our brothers and sisters from Odessa to Adis Ababa, a Conscious roots playlist from artist and singers that I have been lucky enough to work with over the years some of Reggae's greatest legend whose voices have for decade provided inspiration, comfort and strength in moments just like this.
    You can the show by purchasing the The Rootsland (Original Podcast Soundtrack) featuring timeless reggae tracks performed by Wayne Armond, Bob Andy, Deadly Headley Bennett, Garnett Silk, Halfpint
    http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1612330205?ls=1andapp=itunes (http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1612330205?ls=1andapp=itunes)
    https://www.facebook.com/RootslandPodcast ((1) Legends of Reggae | Facebook)

    • 44 min
    Exodus Chapter 7: "The Last Train to Woodmere"

    Exodus Chapter 7: "The Last Train to Woodmere"

    In the Season 2 Finale: Brian tries to convince Henry that it's the right to move to Jamaica while chilling out in NYC's Washington Square Park. Before Henry's willing to make the move, he books some time at one New York's most iconic recording studios to hear Brian "rock the mic."
    You can support the Show by purchasing The Rootsland (Original Podcast Soundtrack) featuring timeless reggae tracks performed by Wayne Armond, Bob Andy, Deadly Headley Bennett, Garnett Silk, Halfpint http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1612330205?ls=1andapp=itunes (http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1612330205?ls=1andapp=itunes)
    Rootsland Season 3 Debuts in April 2022
    Stay Tuned for Bonus Episodes in March featuring Music Mixes and Special Guests

    Rootsland is produced by Henry K Productions Inc. in association with Voice Boxx Studios in Kingston, Jamaica.
    Introduction by: Michelle "Kim" Yamaguchi
    Guest Vocals by: Patrick "Curly Loxx" Gaynor Adam "Teacha" Barnes Doug Grama MIchael Friedman
    Follow Us: https://www.facebook.com/RootslandPodcast (Legends of Reggae | Facebook)
    music production and sound design by Henry K
    additional music under license from www.artlist.io and beatstars.com Rootslandpodcast@gmail.com

    • 23 min
    Exodus Chapter 6: "Not all that glitterz..."

    Exodus Chapter 6: "Not all that glitterz..."

    Henry finally gets the "chance of a lifetime", an opportunity to meet his boss Chris Blackwell founder and President of Island Records. Blackwell had recently sold his label to Polygram Entertainment for half a billion dollars, a lucrative deal that made him the world's richest music executive. By contrast, there stood Henry, a 25 year old entry level t shirt salesman, anxiously awaiting a chance to break into the music business, full of ideas, and optimism... about to come face to face with the one person capable of making it all happen. What could possibly go wrong?
    Rootsland is produced by Henry K Productions Inc. in association with Voice Boxx Studios in Kingston, Jamaica.
    Suport the show by purchasing The Rootsland (Original Podcast Soundtrack) featuring timeless reggae tracks performed by Wayne Armond, Bob Andy, Deadly Headley Bennett, Garnett Silk, Halfpint available everywhere you download music http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1612330205?ls=1andapp=itunes (http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1612330205?ls=1andapp=itunes)
    Introduction by: Michelle "Kim" Yamaguchi
    Guest Vocals by: Patrick "Curly Loxx" Gaynor Adam "Teacha" Barnes Currentman
    Follow Us: https://www.facebook.com/RootslandPodcast (Legends of Reggae | Facebook)
    Rootslandpodcast@gmail.com

    • 20 min
    Exodus Chapter 5: "Loyal Soldierz"

    Exodus Chapter 5: "Loyal Soldierz"

    In the Spring of 1991, Henry drives from Kingston to Ochos Rios in order to attend a concert hosted by Sister Rita Marley commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Bob Malrey's passing. For the Kush Danai, the Rasta in the passenger seat the only thing on his mind was the murder of his friend Peter Tosh. Henry tries to keep the conversation upbeat, but Kush is concerned and justifiably so... reggae music and it's artistes are under assault.
    Rootsland is produced by Henry K Productions Inc. in association with Voice Boxx Studios in Kingston, Jamaica.
    Introduction by: Michelle "Kim" Yamaguchi
    Guest Vocals by: Patrick "Curly Loxx" Gaynor Adam "Teacha" Barnes
    Follow Us: https://www.facebook.com/RootslandPodcast (Legends of Reggae | Facebook)
    Rootslandpodcast@gmail.com
    The Rootsland (Original Podcast Soundtrack) featuring timeless reggae tracks performed by Wayne Armond, Bob Andy, Deadly Headley Bennett, Garnett Silk, Halfpint and more 3/10/22

    http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1612330205?ls=1andapp=itunes (http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1612330205?ls=1andapp=itunes)

    • 15 min
    Exodus Chapter 4: "Living Dangerously"

    Exodus Chapter 4: "Living Dangerously"

    Henry learns that being in the game, means getting to know the players. One of the most important job qualifications at Island was having a rich father who was friends with the owner. Fortunate sons like Billy D an arrogant white Jamaican screw up , with a dark personality and an unhealthy obsession with dancehall music’s seedy underworld was just one of many characters at the office. On a dark New York City afternoon all Henry can see is Sunshine in Soho, as he develops an instant crush on the beautiful woman who runs the Island Trading Retail store.
    Rootsland is produced by Henry K Productions Inc. in association with Voice Boxx Studios in Kingston, Jamaica.
    Introduction by: Michelle "Kim" Yamaguchi
    Guest Vocals by: Patrick "Curly Loxx" Gaynor Adam "Teacha" Barnes
    Follow Us: https://www.facebook.com/RootslandPodcast (Legends of Reggae | Facebook)
    Rootslandpodcast@gmail.com
    The Rootsland (Original Podcast Soundtrack) featuring timeless reggae tracks performed by Bob Andy, Deadly Headley Bennett, Garnett Silk, Halfpint. Click below to purchase and support the show. 3/10/22
    http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1612330205?ls=1andapp=itunes (http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1612330205?ls=1andapp=itunes)

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

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The perfect podcast

Yup I said perfect - compelling narrative, sincere but relaxed delivery, with a dense, gorgeous soundscape woven around the spoken word so that it doesn't overwhelm. This podcast just plain SOUNDS so good and is so engaging, I'd probably listen to it even if I weren't as deeply interested in this music as I am. Please let there be more!

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Soap gyal 77

I so needed needed this podcast , such a nice story and what a great voice the host has. Keep these episodes coming , listening to these stories keep me thoroughly engaged. Love this podcast !

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So ready for season two!

Well produced, amazing sound quality and just a really interesting story. Unlike a lot of the music podcasts that are predictable, and cover the same things over and over, The story is refreshing. I just re-listened to the entire season one, in preparation for next season. Why did take so long?

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