Coming from the Clappers Label and recorded in July of 1975 at The Sounds of St. Anns (T.S.O.S.A). Studio, my roots selection is Black Slavery Days by the Skulls, from the album with the same name (Black Slavery Days). I picked this little jewel up at "Jammyland" in NYC a few years back, and have always been surprised that I had never seen it before. Unknown to me, yet strangely familiar, this entire LP is overloaded with serious militant roots tracks from a period in time that produced some of the best Reggae out there.
I choose this
particular track for many reasons. To me; the Deepest Roots of Reggae
would speak to the topics of a Black Diaspora,
and oppression, but
at the same time, tempered with faith and conviction
brought about by belief in the glory and majesty of the African Emperor,
Rastafari. Backed by some foundation singers and players, former
member of the original Justin Hines and the Dominos, Tony Thomas wails
with penetrating emotion about black slavery days and the agony of
being taken to strange lands.
Aside from the who’s who list of studio musicians, the originals of this track spring up from the true roots tradition. As it says on the front cover of this album;
Clappers Records is founded for the main purpose of preserving Reggae
A musical weapon for sure, that I now unleash as my roots selection, round 3.