Hits Pon Hits Prsnts: Cultural Roots & Flabba Holt backed by Roots Covenant

w/ special guest Winston Hussey

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Hits Pon Hits Presents: Cultural Roots and Flabba Holt backed by Roots Covenant w/ special guest Winston Hussey

Flabba Holt

Errol Holt also known as Errol Carter and by his nickname Flabba, is a Jamaican bass guitar player who was a member of The Morwells and the Roots Radics and has played on hundreds of Jamaican albums.
Holt began recording in the mid-70s with Prince Far I and Ja Man. Early hits included ‘Who Have Eyes To See’, ‘Gimme Gimme’ and ‘Shark Out Deh’. In 1976 he recorded ‘A You Lick Me First’, a sound system hit that provided the foundation to the Jah Woosh hit ‘Lick Him With The Dustbin’. In the same year he was enrolled as part of Maurice Wellington’s group the Morwells. He stayed with the group until its demise in the early 80s. While with the band he performed on the hits ‘Kingston 12 Tuffy’ and ‘Africa We Want To Go’. With fellow band member Bingi Bunny he formed the Roots Radics, who became the most in-demand session band on the island. Holt also shared production credits with Gregory Isaacs for Out Deh. The band’s performance with Isaacs on his UK tour led to their being in demand to support the island’s top performers. In 1985 Roots Radics released ‘Earsay’, with Holt singing on the b-side a cover version of Delroy Wilson’s ‘I’m Not A King’.

Cultural Roots

Once considered Jamaica’s most “elusive vocal trio” the group defined the era of heavy roots and dub reggae in the 1980’s before Dancehall changed the international reggae landscape. Today the seven piece band brings reimagined songs from their extensive catalogue to life.

Cultural Roots worked throughout the 1980’s with top producers such as Donovan Germain, Henry “Junjo” Lawes, and Mad Professor producing classic albums Hell A Go Pop, Drift Away from Evil, Rougher Yet , and Money, Sex and Violence. (Greensleeves, VP Records)

The band remains a favorite among reggae historians and record collectors and since the group disbanded in the early 1990’s a resurgence of interest in the music has made their albums highly collectible. Countless remakes of original Cultural Roots songs have been produced and recently the Mad Professor album “Roots of Dubstep” featured a version of their hit “Mr Bossman” aimed at educating younger audiences about the source of much of popular electronic music today.

In the 1990’s frontman Wade Dyce relocated from Jamaica to Salem, MA where he has been living ever since. The legendary singer has kept DJ’s and reggae fans interested in his solo work with releases such as “Money Mare” and “Humble” becoming popular soundsystem tracks particularly in the UK. In 2015 talks began around reforming Cultural Roots and bringing the rhythms of their classic albums to audiences today. Dyce teamed up with Boston musician Jake Pardee to assemble a full band featuring Wade Dyce, Nadia Robertson and Masso Beauvais on vocals, Jake Pardee on guitar, Jay McGuinness on keyboards, Erik Bistany on bass, and Sam Ward on drums. Cultural Roots will be performing in theaters and reggae festivals internationally starting Spring 2017.

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