Photo: Thomas Junkersfeld
interview - roots reggae

"What was the reasons for the success of reggae music?
"It was a universal music that everybody could identify with rhythmically. It wasn't like Hip Hop music what's real defined. It wasn't like R&B music which is real sophisticated or gospel..."
Listen to Al Anderson! (121 K)

"It had its own rhythm. It had its own ethnic beat. And it was a Third World music where... (beginning with a new sentence)...There's a lot of Third World music that have very similar rhythm timing of Jamaican music."
Listen to Al Anderson! (110 K)

"What is the special thing in roots reggae music?"
"The rhythm of the bass and drums, you know, really! The base and the drum part of reggae music is the essential."
Listen to Al Anderson! (67 K)

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HOW COULD THAT MUSIC GROW SO BIG:
"It was Bob's plan!"

LOVE AND PEACE AND POLITICS:
"Bob could have been a politician!"

MATERIALISM:
"The music influences the peoples' minds!"

VIOLENCE:
"If I had to fight I would!"

THE SONG "WAR" and COMPOSING:
"A great idea of Bob's friend 'Skill' !"

THE "REDEMPTION SONG"
"Wia Lindo had a lot to do with that song!"

AL ANDERSON, LEAD GUITAR:
"We wanted to help develop the music!"

AL ANDERSON about RASTAFARI:
"I'm more of a buddhist myself!"

ROOTS REGGAE:
"Everybody could identify with!"

PERCUSSION:
"Five people around certain microphones!"

PETER TOSH and BUNNY WAILER:
"Maybe they all gonna come back together!"

WOMEN'S LIBERATION:
"Women are equally intelligent as men!"

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