Roots Manuva

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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 bestival 2012 held at robin hill count
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The Latest Roots Manuva News

Strummer Of Love Single Day Tickets Now On Sale

10th August 2012

The Strummer of Love festival organisers have now released the day tickets for this special event commemorating 10 years since...

Roots Manuva Headlines Tramlines

22nd July 2012

Roots Manuva closed the second day of Tramlines festival last night (21.07.12).The 'Witness (1 Hope)' rapper brought the Nokia Lumia...

Reverend And The Makers Open Tramlines

21st July 2012

Reverend and the Makers opened Tramlines festival in Sheffield last night (20.07.12).The 'Heavyweight Champion of the World' band took part...

Conor Maynard's Vegas Party Track

18th July 2012

Conor Maynard's new single is a ''party track.''The song 'Vegas Girl' is about the US gambling city in Nevada -...

Reverend And The Makers To Open Tramlines

21st June 2012

Reverend and the Makers will open Sheffield's Tramlines festival.The band have recently returned from a two year hiatus and are...

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Roots Manuva Reviews

Roots Manuva - 4everevolution Album Review

22nd August 2011

Word on the street is building that Roots Manuva's forthcoming record 4everevolution is on a...

Roots Manuva - Duppy Writer Album Review

14th September 2010

For all the respect paid, and his undoubted influence on British hip hop, there is...

Roots Manuva - Let The Spirit Single Review

28th October 2008

Single review of Let The Spirit by Roots Manuva.Roots Manuva has had a lot of...

Roots Manuva - The Arches, Glasgow Live Review

20th October 2008

Roots Manuva live at The Arches in Glasgow on October 9th 2008. It's truly an...

Roots Manuva - Awfully De/Ep EP Review

24th October 2005

Roots Manuva Awfully De/EpThe main man Roots Manuva releases Awfully De/Ep EP on Big Dadda...

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Roots Manuva Festivals

Camden Crawl

20th June 2014

V Festival

16th August 2014

Cheltenham Jazz Festival

30th April 2014

The Big Chill Festival

4th August 2011

Glastonbury Festival

25th June 2014

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Roots Manuva Interviews

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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The Latest Roots Manuva Press Releases

Roots Manuva 'Banana Skank' Ep Out 21st January 2013

29th November 2012

The one and only Rodney Smith aka Roots Manuva returns to the fray with a four...

Roots Manuva UK Tour Dates Announced For 2012

17th October 2011

It's easy for the reviews of '4everevolution', the new album from Roots Manuva to leave...

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