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Misty In Roots

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With a career spanning four decades, Misty in Roots are one of the UK’s finest groups. The band was one of the most powerful live reggae acts to emerge from 1970s London, and they were a major force in the Rock Against Racism movement.

This British based band Misty in Roots have played together for the past 20 years, first coming together in 1975 and working as a backing band for the late, great Nicky Thomas - one of Jamaica’s all time greats who had achieved national chart success with songs such as “Love Of The Common People”. Nicky Thomas was the inspiration from which Misty In Roots developed.

By 1978 Misty In Roots began to develop their own orthodox roots reggae sound. Their powerful lyrics inspired by the economic decline, a growing awareness of their African culture, and a spiritual awakening inspired tracks as “Ghetto Of The City”, “Sodom & Gomorrah” and “Mankind”, all off which can be found on the band’s first album “Live At The Counter Eurovision”.

During the period 1977-78 the political situation in the U.K. was a breaking point. Black consciousness was at its peak and racism roamed the streets of London. Unemployment was affecting both black and white youths and through this depression a new musical alliance was born, young white youths totally fed up with the status quo turned to playing punk music whilst at the same time identifying strongly with the British reggae acts as Misty In Roots, Steel Pulse and Aswad. With the coming of the ‘Rock against Racism’ movement, the musical fight-back had begun, and for the first time black and white musicians were playing together on the same platform bringing about a totally new concept in musical awareness.

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