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Roots reggae is a subgenre of reggae that concerns itself with the life of the ghetto sufferer. Lyrical themes include poverty, social issues, resistance to government oppression, repatriation, and Rastafari.

The heyday of roots reggae is usually considered the latter half of the 1970s – with singers such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Max Romeo, Horace Andy and Lincoln Thompson, and groups like Black Uhuru, Steel Pulse,…

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