01 Jan 1970 |


Welcome to Raw Roots


The Raw Roots collective is a rapidly growing community organisation situated in Handsworth, Birmingham. It was established in the early 1980’s during the “House of Dread” era when it provided a refuge for I & I Rastafari brethren and where I & I lived as one, in one house under one Order.

The Raw Roots Sound System was developed during these Dread times within the context of the ongoing struggle for African liberation and the push for greater recognition rights and freedoms for all Rastafari brethren and sistren, at home and abroad.

Raw Roots is renown for playing its distinctive brand of Roots, Rock, Reggae music. While most of the reputable sound systems from the 70s, 80s and 90s ground to a halt or gravitated towards dancehall and bashment music,  Raw Roots refused to compromise and continued to remain true to its “Raw Roots”.

Indeed, for a while  Raw Roots, with its distinctive brand of deep Roots Rock Reggae music, were deemed to be “too deep” for many of the masses who appeared to have shunned their “Underground Roots” in favour of hydroponics (exposed roots).

More recently, Raw Roots have staged several free annual community events in Handsworth on 23rd July to commemorate the life and great achievements of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie 1st of Ethiopia.

Over the years Raw Roots has also emerged as a repository for all things relating to Roots, Rock, Reggae, Rasta music; including previously unseen footage of H.I.M, live Roots, Rock, Reggae concerts of various artists, documentaries, films and other sought after archive material. This web page represents almost forty years of Raw Roots material for your entertainment.