Roots Manuva

Biography

"It was as a kid. Before I even knew what a soundsystem was. I was walking past Stockwell skateboard park and there was this sound being set up. They were probably just trying out their speakers. I was with my mum, holding my mum's hand. And I remember my mum being quite intimidated by the whole affair. Such a barrage of bass coming from it! And these dodgy-looking blokes standing beside it just admiring the sound of their bass. It's just a bass thing. A volume thing. I don't know if I rose-tint the memories, but I remember it sounded so good, so rich. It's not like today when we go to clubs and it hurts. It was more of a life-giving bass." In this simple recollection it's easy to locate the driving force of a whole lot of what Rodney Smith aka Roots Manuva is all about, what he remains all about right up until this very day. His fascination with and love of soundsystem culture informs not just his music and lyrics but his whole attitude towards life and goes some way to explain his popularity both as an artist and an individual. "It's the bass thing. It's the whole organic thing. Back in those days the sound was probably built by a local carpenter. The whole communal aspect of a bunch of people getting together and doing whatever they have to do to build this sonic monstrosity. It's just the love that people get together and project into this one physical thing."

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Roots Manuva - 4everevolution

22nd August 2011 -

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Word on the street is building that Roots Manuva's forthcoming record 4everevolution is on a par with his best work. The good news is that on the whole it is, navigating around a diverse musical...

Roots Manuva - Duppy Writer

14th September 2010 -

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For all the respect paid, and his undoubted influence on British hip hop, there is always a suspicion that Rodney Smith - aka Roots Manuva - was doing less with the more god had given...

Roots Manuva - Let The Spirit

28th October 2008 -

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Single review of Let The Spirit by Roots Manuva.Roots Manuva has had a lot of great singles. Each displaying quality, originality and the depth of the underground. Roots Manuva's latest track is 'Let The Spirit'...

Roots Manuva - The Arches, Glasgow

20th October 2008 -

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Roots Manuva live at The Arches in Glasgow on October 9th 2008. It's truly an exciting evening for me as tonight I finally get to see Roots Manuva live as I've never seen them before...

Roots Manuva - Again & Again

17th July 2008 -

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Again and Again video from Roots Manuva Roots Manuva releases a new single, Again & Again on August 25th 2008 through Ninja Tune. The release of his new album will follow on September 1st 2008....

Roots Manuva - Awfully De/Ep

24th October 2005 -

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Roots Manuva Awfully De/EpThe main man Roots Manuva releases Awfully De/Ep EP on Big Dadda Records. This EP is testament to fact that Mr Manuva continues to make quality music that is intelligent, progressive and...

Roots Manuva - Too Cold

17th March 2005 -

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Roots Manuva - Colossal Insight

13th January 2005 -

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11th January 2005 -

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Roots Manuva - Colossal Insight - Video Streams

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Roots Manuva - Badmeaningood Mix

24th September 2002 -

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Roots Manuva - Dreamy Days

4th October 2001 -

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Roots Manuva - Witness (One Hope)

21st August 2001 -

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Roots Manuva, Interview

28th August 2012

Having been in the game for nearly twenty years now, Roots Manuva still shows no...

Roots Manuva, Video Interview

19th August 2008

Roots Manuva Video InterviewWe recently caught up with Rodney Smith at Ninja Tune HQ in...

Roots Manuva - Interview

8th March 2005

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